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Checking Your Blood Glucose

When to test your blood sugar. Checking your blood glucose as recommended can help you see how your meals, medications and activities affect your blood sugar.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recommends that you routinely test blood sugar levels to aid in managing your diabetes. Decide with your healthcare team when is the best times are for you to check your glucose.

Keeping a daily log of your results is vital. When you bring your log to your health care provider, they will have a good picture of your body's response to your diabetes care plan.

Keep a notebook of the of your daily logs. Below is a chart example to set-up your own notebook!

 Day ____     Blood Sugar  Food/Beverage Consumed  Notes

Choose any 3 servings at each meal.* Choices include breads and starches, fruits, some vegetables and milk. If
your meal plan is different, adjust the number of servings accordingly.

Examples of one serving of carbohydrates:
Breads and starches

  • 1 slice bread or small roll
  • 1/3 cup rice or pasta
  • 1/2 cup cooked cereal or potatoes
  • 3/4 cup dry cereal
  • 1/2 cup corn


  • 1 piece, such as a small pear or apple
  • 1 cup fresh fruit
  • 1/2 cup canned fruit
  • 1/2 cup fruit juice


  • 1 cup skim or lowfat
  • 1 cup sugar-free lowfat yogurt

Meats and proteins
Choose 1–3 servings per meal.*
Examples of one serving:

  • 1 ounce lean meat, poultry or fish
  • 1 egg
  • 1 ounce cheese
  • 1/4 cup lowfat cottage cheese

Choose 1–2 servings per meal.*
Examples of one serving:

  • 1 teaspoon margarine, oil, or mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon salad dressing or cream cheese

Free foods
Foods with less than 20 calories per serving. Use as desired:*

  • Most vegetables
  • Sugar-free soda
  • Black coffee or plain tea

*Note: If you have a personalized meal plan, the number of servings you choose per meal may be different.


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