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 diabetes. Regularly testing your blood glucose helps measure the effectiveness of your meal plan, physical activity and medications.
The results of self-monitoring can help guide you and your healthcare team to adjust the many parts of your therapy. Always consult with your Healthcare Professional to agree on a Structured Testing plan for you!
How to Test:
A smart way to test your blood sugar is as easy as connecting the dots!
The Accu-Chek® 360° View 3-day profile tool is an easy-to-use tool that helps you and your doctor see how well your blood sugar is under control. You can see the effect of your meals on your blood sugar, and how well your diabetes therapy is working.1
Click here to access / download the Accu-Chek 360 View 3-day profile tool. Show the tool to your Healthcare Provider if you need help filling it in.
Accu-Chek® Testing in Pairs tool
The easy-before-and-after tool to help you discover that what you do affects your blood glucose.
Click here to access / download the Accu-Chek Testing in Pairs tool. Show the tool to your Healthcare Provider if you need help filling it in.
Guidelines supporting structured testing
•IDF Guideline on self-monitoring of blood glucose in non-insulin treated type 2 diabetes: http://www.idf.org/guidelines/self-monitoring
•The 2012 SEMDSA Guideline for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes: http://www.semdsa.org.za/images/2012_SEMDSA_Guideline_July_FINAL.pdf
•Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes – 2016: http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/suppl/2015/12/21/39.Supplement_1.DC2/2016-Standards-of-Care.pdf
Always remember when testing to follow these basic steps2:
- Wash and dry your hands. Using warm water may help increase the blood flow to your fingertips
- Follow the instructions included with your lancing device to get a drop of blood— which normally include shaking your hands below the wrist or gently squeezing your finger a few times to help
- Apply the blood drop to the test strip as directed
- Wait a few seconds to view your results
- Dispose of the lancet and test strip in the proper manner
- Polansky WH, et al. Structured Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose Significantly Reduces A1C levels in Poorly Controlled, Noninsulin-Treated Type 2 Diabetes. Results from the STeP Study. Diabetes Care Volume 34(2). February 2011; p262-267.
- Joslin Diabetes Center. Blood glucose monitoring: your tool for diabetes control. Available at: http://www.joslin.org/info/monitoring_your_blood_glucose.html. Accessed October 16, 2008.