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Monitoring your blood glucose is an important part of effective diabetes management. It is especially important for people who take insulin. Many people find that it is difficult to make blood glucose monitoring a routine part of their lives. So, if you are struggling with checking your blood glucose as recommended by your healthcare provider, you are not alone.
An American Diabetes Association survey found that "21 percent of adults with type 1 diabetes never checked their blood glucose. Of those with insulin-treated type 2 diabetes, 47 percent never monitored, and among those with type 2 diabetes who were not using insulin, 76 percent never checked.''
William Polonsky, in his book "Diabetes Burnout," lists the top 10 reasons to hate checking your blood glucose. They are as follows:
What are your personal barriers? If you know what your personal barriers to checking your blood glucose regularly are, there are things that you can do to overcome them. Some general tips:
We look forward to hearing from you. Please share your experiences with glucose monitoring. Do you find it hard to make glucose monitoring a routine part of your life?
Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.
Peggy Moreland, R.N., C.D.E.
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