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1.Testing blood sugars are an important part of managing diabetes.
2.Depending on the patient and their resources, blood sugars can be done in a variety of patterns and times during the day. Some take their glucose levels several times a day, some only every other day as resources permit.
3.It is important to include at least some which are 2 hours post prandial as the blood sugar after eating is more closely linked to cardiovascular disease.
4.Encourage the patient to record their numbers in a log book or on paper so that they can discuss the patterns with their provider.
5.Use the blood glucose level as a way to tell if the current treatment plan of managing the diabetes is working.