You should have several goals when you first starting monitoring your blood sugar levels, including blood sugar in the normal range, consistently, every time you check -- or at the very least, blood sugar readings in the acceptable range. Knowing how your blood sugar responds to different medications and doses, to meals, to exercise, to an overnight fast, and to the length of time between meals will help you craft a plan that is right for you. You'll find all this out with the help of your new best friend: a blood glucose monitor (also called a glucose meter), an electronic device that reads your blood sugar level. The numbers flashing on the screen of this little device let you know how well you're managing your diabetes.
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