Glucose Monitoring


This is a routine measurement of your blood glucose level. We also call it your "blood sugar" level. It changes throughout the day. Monitoring it is an important part of diabetes management.

How do you monitor it?

How do you monitor your blood glucose? Well, you can do it by testing a drop of blood with a glucose meter. Commonly, you get the blood by pricking your finger. You can also use a continuous monitoring system. Instead of a blood sample, it uses a tiny sensor placed under your skin. The sensor measures your blood glucose levels and sends you updates wirelessly.

What is a healthy range?

We measure blood glucose in milligrams per deciliter. What's a healthy range? Well, if you measure it before a meal, it should be between 70 and 130. If you measure it one to two hours after a meal, it should be less than 180. When your blood glucose level falls outside of these ranges, it's a serious problem. When it's too high, we say you have "hyperglycemia." When it's too low, we say you have "hypoglycemia." Both of these conditions are life threatening. They require immediate medical care.


Glucose monitoring can be an inconvenience. But over time, it becomes routine. With careful planning, you can still have an active and healthy lifestyle.