Blood glucose monitoring

Blood glucose monitoring

Do you ever get tired of checking your blood glucose?

Over the years, technology has advanced the number of ways blood glucose levels can be checked—some may be more convenient, while others may be more accurate. No single method is ‘one size fits all.’

Starting a discussion with your health care provider will help prepare you to discover which option is the best fit for you. Below are some of the options available to start the conversation:

  1. Traditional Blood Glucose Monitoring
    This method uses a blood glucose meter with a lancing device to collect a blood sample and a test strip to read the result.
  2. Personal Blood Glucose Sensor
    This includes a wearable transmitter attached to a sensor inserted just under the skin, with blood glucose readings through a wireless receiver. The wireless receiver could be your smart phone or an insulin pump if you use one.
  3. Professional Blood Glucose Sensor
    This is similar to the personal blood glucose sensor; however, values are downloaded and read by your health care professional. Professional sensors are usually worn for 3 to 14 days, depending on the type used.

Any of these blood glucose monitoring options are great tools to help you take control of diabetes, but many factors must be considered in order to discover which glucose monitoring strategy is right for you. Start a conversation with your health care team to take the first step toward improving diabetes management!

For more information about managing your diabetes, contact the Bruce Chertow Diabetes Center at Marshall Health at 304-691-1000.

This article was co-written with Downer Dykes, a student in the Marshall University School of Pharmacy and Emily Logwood, a dietetic student intern from Marshall University.


Tracy Hawthorne, RD, LD, CDE

Tracy is a registered dietitian and program coordinator for the Chertow Diabetes Center at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. A certified diabetes educator, she focuses on helping individuals living with diabetes better understand how to make healthier life choices.