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Lets Chat: Diabetes and Pregnancy

Did you know? Gestational diabetes (GD) is a type of diabetes that can sometimes develop in some women when pregnant. Essentially, it refers to higher than normal levels of blood glucose which if not managed can mean complications for both mom and baby.1 How does gestational diabetes occur? Researchers aren’t sure why certain women develop gestational diabetes and other don’t, but research has indicated that you may be at increased risk of developing gestational diabetes if: You are overweight or obese. You are older.  You have a family history of...

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Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose (SMBG)

By self-monitoring your blood glucose you can measure how your body handles different types of food, exercise, medication, stress and illness. Your blood glucose result may prompt you to eat a snack, take more insulin or go for a walk. Self-monitoring can also alert you to a blood glucose level that is too high or too low, which requires special treatment. Self-monitoring is also known as Structured Testing which means testing at the right times, in the right situations, and frequently enough to generate useful information.   Controlling your blood glucose level is a very important part of managing...

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Meaningful Monitoring - Checking your blood glucose with purpose

You’ll see the difference with before-and-after testing. Whether you are newly diagnosed or have been living with diabetes for some time, it is important to manage your blood glucose. Monitoring your blood glucose (or sugar) levels performs an important role in helping you understand what is happening on a day-to-day basis. Remember that one blood glucose value from a check does not tell you the whole story! When you consistently check at the right time and frequently enough in a structured manner, blood glucose patterns emerge. This can give you a better understanding of the...

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