There's more to keeping tabs
on your diabetes than using your blood glucose meter. Here's the scoop
on the various tests and measures of good diabetes control.
Blood glucose levels This is the traditional finger-prick test that's done multiple times a day to measure
blood sugar levels and ensure that you are keeping your blood sugar within the range recommended by your doctor.
Blood pressure Uncontrolled diabetes can cause issues with
your cardiovascular system, including high blood pressure. Doctors
recommend keeping your blood pressure under 130/80 mmHg if you have
Lipid panel If you have diabetes, you're more likely to
develop high blood cholesterol as well. Your doctor may regularly do a
blood test to measure your LDL (low-density lipoprotein—also known as
the "bad" cholesterol), triglycerides, and HDL (high-density
lipoprotein, the good cholesterol).