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Blood Glucose Testing


Blood glucose (blood sugar) is an
essential measure of your health. If
you're struggling to manage your blood
glucose levels, we can help! With the
latest tools and strategies, you can take
steps today to monitor your condition,
prevent serious complications and feel
better while living with diabetes.

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Checking Your Blood Factors Affecting Blood Hypoglycemia (Low Blood


Glucose Glucose Glucose)
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Keep a daily log and help your Find out about what makes your Treat hypoglycemia (sometimes
healthcare provider assess your blood glucose (blood sugar) rise called an insulin reaction) as soon
diabetes treatment plan. and fall. as possible.

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Explore: Blood Glucose Testing


Hyperglycemia (High Blood Glucose) A1C and eAG (http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-
(http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment- diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-control/a1c/)
and-care/blood-glucose-control/hyperglycemia.html) A1C and eAG can provide an overall picture of how
Watch for symptoms of hyperglycemia (high blood well you're managing your diabetes.
glucose) and learn how to treat it.
Checking for Ketones (http://www.diabetes.org/living-
Tight Diabetes Control (http://www.diabetes.org/living- with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-
with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose- control/checking-for-ketones.html)
control/tight-diabetes-control.html) Start testing for ketones, a warning sign that your
Find out whether this intense regimen of keeping diabetes is getting out of control.
glucose levels as low as possible is right for you.
Patient Education Materials - All About Blood Glucose
Dawn Phenomenon (http://www.diabetes.org/living-with- (http://www.diabetes.org/pem-glucose)
diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-control/dawn- This two-page introduction to blood glucose is in PDF
phenomenon.html) format so you can download it, print it, and hand it out
The dawn phenomenon is a surge of hormones that to patients. You can also download the Spanish
the body produces daily around 4-5 a.m. People with version. (http://www.diabetes.org/pem-glucose-es)
diabetes do not have normal insulin responses to
adjust for this, and may see their fasting glucose go
up.

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