How do I track blood glucose levels easily?
A simple tool to understand your blood glucose results
The Accu-Chek® Testing in Pairs Tool - a simple, 7-day paper tool
7 days to help you track your blood glucose levels
Accu-Chek Testing in Pairs is a simple tool that helps you track your blood glucose. Use it before and after a specific meal. Use it around physical activity. Or, use it for other events to understand how your blood glucose levels change across different activities.
The Accu-Chek® Testing in Pairs tools helps you focus on just one thing in your daily eating habits and routine.
In just 7 days, learn more about how the things you do affect your blood glucose and what works best for you.
What affects blood glucose levels?
Blood glucose levels are affected by a variety of factors in your life. This can include the food and drinks you consume, any exercise undertaken, and your general lifestyle.
Depending on these different elements, your blood glucose levels can change.
Some foods and drinks may cause levels to increase. While engaging in exercise more often may help lower blood glucose levels.
Why should I track my blood glucose levels?
Understanding what causes your blood glucose to increase and decrease can help you plan meals and physical activity better. Keeping track of your levels, even for one week, can help you better understand how food and drinks affect you. It can also help you to know what to avoid.
You can track your blood glucose levels using simple tools such as the Accu-Chek® Testing in Pairs. Within seven days of using it, you will have a much better idea of what works for you and what does not.
Understanding blood glucose levels?
Using the Accu-Chek® Testing in Pairs, you can track your blood glucose levels across different parts of your life. We’ve put together some questions to help guide the process based on the area you choose. The question topics include food, exercise, and daily life. These will help you gain a more holistic perspective on your activities and how they connect to blood glucose levels.
Food and drinks.
- How does the food or alcohol you consume affect your blood glucose?
- How does physical activity affect your blood glucose?
- If you try to reduce stress, does it help?
- How did your blood glucose change between the Before and the After?
- After 7 days, what did you learn about your blood glucose?
- What can you do next? Can you think of some simple steps to take (e.g., changing your serving sizes or walking after dinner)?
What do I do after tracking blood glucose levels?
You can take your completed Accu-Chek Testing in Pairs tool to your healthcare professional and talk about what you see. Are there any changes you can make to keep your blood glucose in a healthy range? Is there another kind of activity you want to try with the Accu-Chek Testing in Pairs tool?
Download and print the free tool, and get started with just 3 easy steps.
How do I use the Accu-Chek Testing in Pairs tool?
Start by thinking about what you'd like to learn about your blood glucose. Then, use the Accu-Chek Testing in Pairs tool to find the answer. Here's how:
- Start with a simple question and use your blood glucose results to see what works for you.
- Each day, check your blood glucose before the meal or activity and write the number in the Before column. Check it again at a specific time after the meal or activity, usually 2 hours after, and write it in the After column.
- How did your blood glucose change?
You can repeat this exercise when you feel the need within different areas of your life. If necessary, do not hesitate to talk to your healthcare professional about changing blood glucose levels and what that means.
Tracking your blood glucose levels can be incredibly beneficial in your overall health. It helps you understand the role of different activities in your life.
Start with a simple question, and repeat as needed across life areas. Seeing the connection between your blood glucose levels and activities can be an eye-opener.
American Diabetes Association (n.d). The Big Picture: Checking your Blood glucose. Retrieved from: https://www.diabetes.org/healthy-living/medication-treatments/blood-glucose-testing-and-control/checking-your-blood-glucose. Accessed April 9 2021.
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