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Checking Your Blood Sugar: How the OneTouch Verio Flex Meter Can Help

Checking Your Blood Sugar: How the OneTouch Verio Flex Meter Can Help

Your diabetes self-management plan should include monitoring your blood glucose (sugar). If you’re not monitoring your blood sugars, or if you’re not sure how to make sense of your readings, here’s how blood glucose monitoring can help you manage your diabetes.

Who should check?

If you have diabetes you should know and understand your blood sugar readings. This is especially true if you:

  • Take insulin
  • Take diabetes pills that can cause low blood sugars
  • Are starting a new or higher dose of diabetes medication
  • Have frequent low or high blood glucose levels
  • Are pregnant

If you aren’t sure if you should be checking, talk with your healthcare provider.

Why check?

Checking your blood sugar with a meter gives you helpful – and valuable – information about how your diabetes is doing.

Checking can:

  • Tell you how your diabetes treatment plan is working, including your diabetes medications, your eating plan and your physical activity.
  • Help you avoid or limit low and high blood sugars.
  • Help you decide how much insulin to take (if you take insulin).

How often should you check?

How often you should check your blood sugar depends on several factors, including whether you take insulin and how well your diabetes is managed. In addition, you might need to check more often when you’re sick, if your treatment plan has changed, or if you’re pregnant. Your healthcare provider or diabetes educator can help you decide how often you should check.

How the OneTouch Verio Flex meter can help

Checking your blood sugar is the first step in understanding and improving your diabetes control. However, checking alone doesn’t help you keep your blood sugars in your target range.  Understanding your blood sugar readings is the next step.

The OneTouch Verio Flex meter can help you “monitor meaningfully:”

  • Change your eating and activity habits, if necessary
  • Learn how to self-adjust your insulin doses
  • Know if you should contact your healthcare provider or diabetes educator.

The Verio Flex meter uses ColorSure technology. A color bar and large display instantly shows you if your blood sugar readings are too low(blue), in range(green), or too high(red). Together with your healthcare team, you’ll determine what your target range is. How easy is that?

Stay on track

To learn even more about your blood sugar patterns, and to better manage your diabetes when you’re on the go, try the OneTouch Reveal mobile app. This app connects wirelessly with the Verio Flex meter on both iOS and Android devices, and tracks your blood sugars, food, activity and insulin doses over time so that you can easily see how your diabetes is doing. Your numbers are automatically recorded – no more manually entering blood sugar readings – and you can get progress reports from the last 14, 30 and 90 days. You can even share your results with your healthcare team during your office visits or by email or text so that they can see your results and monitor your progress.

For more information about the OneTouch Verio Flex meter, please visit www.onetouch.com/verioFlex

To get a OneTouch Verio Flex meter at no charge, please click here.

Amy Campbell MS, RD, LDN, CDE (89 Articles)

Amy Campbell MS, RD, LDN, CDE is an experienced health, nutrition and diabetes educator and communicator with more than 25 years of experience within the healthcare sector. Amy has extensive expertise in editing and writing for patients, consumers and healthcare professionals; public speaking, teaching and group facilitation; project and account management; and content and curriculum development.

 

She is currently the Director for Clinical Education Content Development and Training at Good Measures LLC, a Health Professional Advisor at the Egg Nutrition Center, and a blogger/Writer for Madavor Media.

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