The only way to measure the effectiveness of each patient’s
diabetes treatment plan is through periodic blood sugar testing and hemoglobin
Your health care provider will determine frequency of glucose
Glucose self-testing kits and supplies are available with
a doctor’s prescription.
Most insurance plans, including Medicare and Medicaid cover all or part of
the costs of glucose self-testing kits and supplies.
To achieve the most accurate results, the best times to
check blood sugar levels are before a meal or two hours after a meal.
Even if the testing meter has a built-in memory, you should
keep a written record of the date, time and results of each test. Actual logbooks
are available, but test results can also be recorded in any form of pad or
An accurate written record of test results will allow your
physician to recognize patterns in blood sugar levels and adjust treatment if
necessary. With regular monitoring of blood sugar levels and ongoing treatment,
diet and exercise, most people with diabetes can enjoy a normal, healthy life.