Testing your own levels allows you to learn how to manage your blood sugar no matter the time of day or where you are. Self-monitoring your blood sugar is crucial for determining how your diabetes is doing on a daily basis.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), normal blood glucose ranges between 70 and 140 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) is below 70 mg/dL, and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) is well above 140 mg/dL. By maintaining glucose at a normal range, you may help prevent diabetes complications such as Diabetic coma, Eye disease, Gum disease, Kidney damage, Nerve damage, etc.
It’s unreasonable to assume that a few tests a year at the doctor’s office can give an accurate portrayal of your condition because glucose levels fluctuate throughout the day. However, this doesn’t mean that home tests should replace your regular preventive testing either.