The American Diabetes Association recommends testing at least 3 times per day.
Testing results shouldn’t be frustrating or confusing but should enable you to track how well your diabetes care plan is working and if any changes need to be made. With regular testing you are able to better monitor and manage your health which provides you with increased energy while reduces your risk of complications and comorbidities.
Understand how diet and exercise affect blood sugar levels
We all know that what we put into our bodies has a direct impact on our health, but eating healthy and watching your diet often becomes complicated and confusing. Through regular testing you can better understand how different foods affect your blood sugar and your health.
Understand how illness or stress, affect blood sugar levels
Unfortunately, stress, whether due to illness or other circumstances negatively affect your medications capability to control your blood sugar. When you are experiencing high levels of stress it is important to closely monitor your health in order to understand the effects on your blood sugar levels.
Monitor the effect of diabetes medications
Through regular testing, you can better determine the effects of your medication. Many take medication based on how they feel at any particular moment: which often leads to under or over medicating. Through regular testing you can know the effects of non-diabetic medication as well as know when you should take your insulin or other diabetic related drug.