WHY, WHEN TO TEST & HOW MYSUGR APP HELPS
Regular blood sugar testing is one of the most important things you can do to manage your diabetes1 (Type 1 or even Type 2). It provides useful information to help you2
- Monitor the effect of diabetes medications on blood sugar levels
- Identify blood sugar levels that are high or low
- Track your progress in reaching your overall treatment goals
- Learn how your blood sugar levels are affected by your choice of diet and lifestyle (different foods, physical activities, and other factors like stress and illness)
Knowing this information, you can work with your health care team to make decisions about your best diabetes care plan and make any necessary changes to your diet and lifestyle3. These decisions can help delay or prevent diabetes complications such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, blindness, and limb amputation1.
WHEN SHOULD I TEST?
Your healthcare provider will let you know how often to check your blood sugar levels. The frequency of testing usually depends on the type of diabetes you have and your treatment plan.
Generally, it is beneficial to test your blood sugar in some scenarios. If you are a mySugr app user, some in-app features are useful to support your blood sugar testing.
"I want to find out how breakfast^ affects my blood sugar levels"
Add meaningful information to your blood sugar log such as photo of your meal and a short description or the type of exercise and the duration.
Icon tags help you and your healthcare professional to review the events affecting your blood sugar levels
Set up test reminders if you have a tendency to miss post-meal blood sugar testing. Select the reminder from y our pre-meal blood sugar log page to enable a phone notification alert
"I am not feeling too good. Am I experiencing low or high blood sugar?"
Knowing your blood sugar levels will help you determine if there is a need to seek a medical consultation urgently. Below are symptoms4 of high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia)
The colour code in the mySugr app helps you recognize the blood sugar pattern quickly, ie zone in on the problem areas i.e. range readings (in red).
For example, out of range (in red) indicates high blood sugar readings after a meal, implying that diet and or lifestyle adjustments are necessary if you are type 2 on diet and lifestyle plan
Quick hypo/hyper statistics in the mySugr app to track your improvements!
TIP: place your finger on the monster and swipe through each Analysis page: Today, Weekly, Bi-Weekly, Monthly and Quarterly.
"How does "other event" affect my blood sugar?"
You might want to track your blood sugar where short-term focussed testing may be useful when you5
- have infections
- are traveling or under stress
- are undergoing adjustments in medication, nutrition and/or physical activity
- are entering a new life experience (eg. starting a new job, becoming a new parent, changing work hours)
- are experiencing worsening HbA1c levels
How does mySugr app help me?
Customizable medication fields and a wide range of activities and emotional icons are available to easily tag against your blood sugar reading.
It helps to provide more context to your personal tracking and your healthcare professional during review and make the necessary therapy adjustments
Get an estimation of your HbA1c (eHbA1c)* before your lab results arrive. No more surprises at the doctor's clinic!
*The estimated HbA1c is based on your imported measurements and does not replace actual HbA1c measurements. To get your eHbA1c, you have to log or import your blood sugar 3 times a day for 7 days.
NO MORE MANUAL PAPER RECORDING!
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Blood sugar testing regimes recommended by International Diabetes Federation5
Click to discover more examples of blood sugar testing regimes. Contact your healthcare provider to discuss when and how often you should test your blood sugar.
References (assessed on 6 Aug 2021)
5. International Diabtes Federation Guideline on Self Monitoring of Blood Glucose in Non-insulin Treated Type 2 Diabetes (2009)