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Glucose Monitoring

A1c Testing Dates

The only way to measure the effectiveness of each patient’s diabetes treatment plan is through periodic blood sugar testing and hemoglobin A1C measure.

  • Your health care provider will determine frequency of glucose testing.
  • 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 notebook.

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.