Blood Sugar Charts The Basic
There are different types of blood sugar charts. What is their use and how do you understand them? These and other questions will be answered for you. The first thing we need to understand, is the information contained within these charts.
First; what is blood sugar level or glucose level in the blood? It is the amount of blood sugar or glucose contained within the blood. It is important for someone with diabetes (sometimes misspelled as diabeties) to know this level because having extremely low or high levels will be dangerous to one’s health. How is this level measured within the blood? The two most common methods are:
1. molar concentration, the internationals standard measured in millimoles per litre (mmol/L) or millimolar, mM); this form of measurement is used in the United States for A1c test
2. molar concentration, milligrams per decilitre mg/dL, used in the United States
Blood Sugar Chart To Record Glucose Levels
Most all blood sugar charts will list breakfast, lunch and dinner with spaces for pre and post meal along with bedtime reading. Some will include readings when you first get up. The post meal reading is normally two hours after finishing the meal. How often you take and record your reading will depend on your healthcare provider. My specialist in diabetes is a nurse who is Diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist / Diabetes Education Program Coordinator at the VA hospital I go to.
At one point I was recording my sugar levels in my blood sugar charts in the morning before and after each meal and when I went to bed. Over time we have lowered that to just taking a reading before each meal. I have talked to some people who only take a reading every 2 to 3 days in the morning. The frequency of readings is normally determined by how well a person’s blood sugar is maintained. Another time I try to take readings is when I have low blood sugar.
With the VA we work in conjunction with my main caregiver and my diabetic clinical nurse specialist who has the following certification; Advanced Practice Nurse, CNS Clinical Nurse Specialist is an advanced practice registered nurse, with graduate preparation (earned master’s or doctorate to formulate a plan of treatment for my diabetes), BC-ADM is a Board Certified – Advanced Diabetes Management Certification and CDE is a Certified Diabetic Educator. Wow was that a mouth full. Obviously my diabetic nurse is the person who takes the lead in my diabetic care.
Having a diabetic clinical nurse specialist is a big advantage over having a private doctor as I had before entering the VA system. They are able to construct more detailed treatment plans and specific to an individual that always seem to include blood sugar charts. I’m not trying to down doctors but the diabetic clinical nurse specialist only deals with diabetes. The doctors deal with a wide range of conditions that affect a person’s body.
Blood Sugar Charts / A1c Explained
What we look at is both A1C and blood glucose reading. The A1C is giving us a view of what has transpired in the last three months. This is like the final score of a baseball game. We use the blood glucose readings as a guide to improving daily glucose levels. You can think of them as the innings in a baseball game. Each innings of a game is a snapshot of what transpired during that inning. Blood sugar testing is a snapshot of what is happening at that moment. Both are important in guiding someone through their treatment.
Looking at our different blood glucose levels during the day helps determine what treatment will be most effective. Blood sugar charts used to visualize both, help reinforce what needs to be done. For most people it is easier to visualize something when there is a visible chart or graph to look at. For most diabetics, blood sugar testing is designed to help them get to healthy blood sugar levels. By being able to view our blood sugar charts glucose levels makes it easier for us to understand and reach this goal. As always check with your doctor as to the proper treatment of your condition and always pay attention to your blood sugar charts.