Blood Glucose Monitoring

Blood glucose monitoring is a valuable diabetes management tool. It can help to give you a sense of control and assist with necessary lifestyle and treatment choices. Blood glucose monitoring can also inform you of your response to other factors and help to monitor for symptoms of hypo- or hyperglycaemia.

Monitoring assists you and your healthcare team to alter treatment if necessary, which in turn can help prevent any long-term complications from developing.

Blood glucose levels respond to food, particularly carbohydrates but other influences like physical activity, travel, changes in routine, stress and illness, will also cause BGLs to go up or down. Visits to a doctor or heath professional may be weeks or months apart so being able to understand the numbers and make decisions in between visits is valuable.

The frequency and timing of your blood glucose monitoring, and the recommended range, is individual and should be determined by your diabetes team.

Talk to your diabetes health professional to help you find
the blood glucose meter most suitable for you

Blood Glucose Meters

There are a wide variety of blood glucose meters available. You might want to talk to your diabetes health professional to help you find the one most suitable for you. To buy a blood glucose meter- visit our online store. For more information call our Customer Care Line on 1300 136 588.

Keeping Records

Although most blood glucose meters have an electronic memory, keeping a written record of your blood glucose readings is useful in diabetes management. A well-kept record will show the range and if there is a pattern or not over time which helps with lifestyle advice or medication adjustment. Because people with diabetes need to take care of themselves every day, diabetes is known as a self-management condition. There are a number of health professionals who will assist and support you.

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Testing Technique

Self-blood glucose monitoring can be tedious and uncomfortable but it should not really hurt too much and if it does hurt a lot there may be a simple solution. The tool that pricks the finger to obtain the drop of blood is called a lancet device. The depth of the lancet and technique are important, and consulting a diabetes educator or other diabetes health professional may help. If the depth and technique is OK, the pain may be due to not changing the lancet often enough. The manufacturers recommend changing the lancet every time it is used because the lancet becomes less sharp (and may hurt more) with each use. It is also important that fingers are washed and dried before pricking.

Subsides on NDSS

To help with the costs of blood glucose monitoring, the Australian Government established the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS). This is a program which subsidises the cost of blood glucose testing supplies and offers free needles and syringes to people who use insulin. If you are an Australian resident and have been diagnosed with diabetes, you are eligible for enrolment in the NDSS. The registration form must be signed by a doctor or credentialled diabetes educator. Registration with the NDSS is free and lifelong. More NDSS information, including registration forms, can be found here.