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Comparison of a Rapid Blood Sugar Test (Dextrotest) with Standard Methods *

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04 Blood Sugar Keeping your blood glucose (sugar) in the recommended target range can prevent or delay the long-term health problems caused by diabetes. Most of the steps needed to take care of diabetes are things you do yourself: • using a meal plan • being physically active • taking medications • trying to reach your blood glucose targets most of the time • keeping track of your blood glucose numbers using a blood glucose meter and the results of your A-1-C checks Why should I try to keep my blood glucose on target? The closer your blood glucose stays to your target range, the more you’ll lower your risk of blindness or diabetic eye disease, kidney disease, foot problems, nerve damage, tooth and gum disease, and skin problems. You may also lower your risk for heart attack or stroke. What makes my blood glucose levels rise or fall? Blood glucose levels rise and fall throughout the day. One key to taking care of your diabetes is understanding why they rise or fall. If you know the reasons, you can take steps to help keep your blood glucose on target. What can make blood glucose rise? • a meal or snack with more food or more carbohydrates (carbs) than usual • inactivity • not enough diabetes medication • side effects of other medications • infection or other illness • changes in hormone levels, such as during menstrual periods • stress What can make blood glucose fall? • a meal or snack with less food or fewer carbs than usual • drinking alcoholic beverages, especially on an empty stomach • missing a meal or snack • extra activity • too much diabetes medication • side effects of other medications What are the blood glucose targets for people with diabetes? The targets recommended by the American Diabetes Association (ADA) are listed below. Talk with your health care team about your personal targets. Many people use a meter to check their blood glucose several times a day. Toolkit No. 4 ADA Targets for Blood Glucose My Usual Resul

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