Managing Diabetes

Monitoring Control - Introduction

Monitoring control is a major part of looking after your diabetes. This section deals with the various aspects of monitoring blood sugar control, the devices used, what your targets should be, and also takes a look at exciting new developments in the field of 'non-invasive' monitoring.

Why monitor control?

What are the different ways of monitoring control of diabetes ?

  • Glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c)
  • Blood glucose monitoring
  • Urine testing

Which method is suitable for me?

Not everyone needs to achieve tight blood sugar control. Your doctor or diabetes nurse will advise you on the most suitable method. If you are keen on knowing what your blood sugar concentrations are doing, there should be no objection to your using a glucometer whatever the type or severity of your diabetes. in general it is recommended that all people with Type 1 diabetes are able to test their blood sugars. It is also advised if you have Type 2 diabetes on insulin. If you have Type 2 diabetes controlled on oral hypoglycaemic agents or diet alone it is less important that you monitor closely, however your blood sugar levels can provide a more accurate picture of you day to day control than a HbA1c estimate.

Where can I get a meter from?

Meters are available at most Chemists. Ask your diabetes nurse whether they can supply you with one on loan.