Updated on August 6, 2020
Self Monitoring of Blood Glucose (SMBG) is where patients with diabetes can measure their blood sugar by themselves using a Glucometer (glucose meter) at home. Based on the readings, you can check and/or adjust your treatment as well as making changes to your diet, exercise and lifestyle (https://blog.teleme.co/2017/12/04/living-diabetes-can-prevent-diabetes-changing-lifestyle/) to achieve your goal of having good control. Unfortunately, less than 30% of diabetics achieve their target value.
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Keeping good sugar control has been shown to
- improve your energy levels and well being
- reduce the risk of hypoglycaemia episodes
- reduce risk of diabetic related complications such as blindness (https://blog.teleme.co/2020/02/19/types-of-diabetic-eye-disease-retinopathy/), kidney failure https://blog.teleme.co/2019/09/12/kidney-function/), stroke or foot amputation
Target Value for Type 2 Diabetes (ask your doctor for your own individual target)
- HbA1c less than 6.5%
- Fasting sugar between 4.4-7 mmol/l
- 2 hours after meal less than 8.5 mmol/l
Frequency of SMBG
The frequency of self testing depends on your condition, glucose status, glucose goals and mode of treatment. Do ask your doctor for your own individual schedule. The schedule below is a general guide for most patients
There are situations where you may need to do EXTRA TESTING and they include
- Signs of hypoglycaemia (feeling dizzy, faint or sweating)
- When you have fever or infection
- When starting a new treatment or medication
Recommended Clinical Monitoring Schedules
You are also recommended to see you doctor every 3-6 months to have regular body check up and blood tests to monitor your progress
|Measurements||Initial and Yearly||3 monthly|
|BMI (from weight & height)||YES||–|
|Fasting Blood Glucose||YES||YES|
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