Home Blood Sugar Testing
Conditions That Affect Your Blood Sugar
Conditions that may interfere with an accurate reading of blood sugar include:
- High air temperature
- Vitamin C
If you are consistently seeing abnormal results, recalibrate your meter and check the strips.
The chart below gives you an idea of where your blood sugar level should be throughout the day. Your ideal blood sugar range may be different from another person's and will change throughout the day.
Time of Test
Ideal for Adults With Diabetes
||Less than 180 mg/dL
|Source: American Diabetes Association, 2012
Home Blood Sugar Monitoring and HbA1c
Monitoring your HbA1c level is also important for diabetes control. Many home glucose monitors have the capacity to display an average blood sugar reading, which correlates with the HbA1c.
Average Blood Glucose Level (mg/dL)
When Should I Call My Doctor About Blood Sugar?
Ask your doctor about your target blood sugar range, and draw up a plan for how to handle blood sugar readings that are either too high or too low and when to call your doctor. Learn about the symptoms of high or low blood sugar and know what you can do if you begin to have symptoms.
How Do I Record My Blood Sugar Test Results?
Keep good records of any blood, urine, or ketone tests you do. Most glucose monitors also have a memory. Your records can help alert you to any problems or trends. Also, these test records help your health care provider make any needed changes in your meal plan, medicine, or exercise program. Bring these records with you every time you visit your health care provider.