Published on Nov 16, 2014 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018 - 1 min read
This article discusses about self-checking of glucose level at home which is helpful and recommended, but variations can occur. Once in 3 months HbA1C level estimation is recommended.
Any food or drink intake alters the metabolic milieu in the body. For example, insulin is released, digestion happens and glucose levels rise in the blood. Therefore the blood glucose levels rise and fall with each episode of food intake.
The pitfall is that, if the check is done in the morning, it does not reflect the glucose level changes that happens after lunch, after snacks or after dinner.
One has to understand that, to prevent complications due to diabetes like kidney dysfunction (diabetic nephropathy), eye problem (diabetic retinopathy) and neuropathic problems (diabetic neuropathy) from occurring, the overall glucose control (i.e, 24 hour time period) is equally important.
To conclude, self-checkingof blood glucose is useful and recommended:
HbA1C level is recommended to ascertain overall correctness of diabetes management.
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