Monitoring Your Type 1 Diabetes


Take the Monitoring Your Type 1 Diabetes quiz.

Test your knowledge about monitoring type 1 diabetes.

Monitoring your blood glucose will:

Monitoring alone does not change the blood glucose level, but the only way to know if you are keeping your blood glucose levels in the target range is to monitor your blood glucose. While it is important to eat a healthy diet, diet alone may not be sufficient. Monitoring your blood glucose will give you the feedback you need.
Monitor your blood glucose more frequently when:

All of the answers are correct. However, the best answer is "All of the above". Illness, traveling, lifestyle changes, diabetes medication, and increased activity can all impact your blood glucose control. Monitor your blood glucose more frequently on these occasions to be sure your blood sugar levels are on target.
Alternative site testing is NOT recommended when:

All of the choices are correct. However, the best answer is "All of the above". Fingerstick testing is the most accurate reflection of sugar levels in the blood stream. Alternative site testing lags behind fingerstick testing by 20 minutes or more. Alternative site testing is similar to fingerstick testing only when the blood sugar is steady, and not moving rapidly up or rapidly down. If you really had a low blood sugar, the alternative site testing result might be misleadingly high. This could lead to making the wrong decision to reach your target blood glucose level by not eating a carbohydrate-containing snack (PDF) or taking other corrective action.
Using a continuous glucose monitor means:

Many people find the information about their blood glucose trends very helpful in managing their care, and have been able to increase the time their blood sugars are in the target range. Before making any immediate treatment decisions, you will still need to do traditional blood glucose testing to verify a glucose level determined by a sensor. The sensors still have to be calibrated or reconciled with blood glucose readings obtained with a blood glucose meter, and the continuous glucose sensor results have to be verified before you change your therapy.

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