Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Adult Onset Diabetes Self Monitoring

Self monitoring is important for those with type 2 diabetes.

Blood Testing for Glucose for Type 2 Diabetes

  • Monitor your blood glucose as directed.
    • If you are receiving insulin, you should test your blood sugar before meals and at bedtime every day and record the readings.
  • Learn to use your glucose monitor correctly.
  • Daily home glucose monitoring is essential:
    • Try to keep your glucose level between 70-110 mg/dl before meals.
    • Two hours after meals, your glucose level should be less than 140 mg/dl.
    • Check your blood sugar before operating a motor vehicle.
    • Raise your blood sugar level by eating, if it falls below 70 mg/dl.
    • Carefully monitor your blood sugars when you are ill.
    • Blood glucose increases when you are ill or have an infection.

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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