Structured checking supports your routine or daily checking by giving you deeper, more targeted data to work from.(1)
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It can help you determine if you're in a safe range and problem-solve around how the things you do are connected to your blood sugar. You simply perform additional checks over a short period at specific times of the day. Structured checking tools can help you:
- Discover how to best use your numbers
- See how certain activities can affect your blood sugar levels
- Problem-solve around highs and lows
- Identify blood sugar patterns
- Work with your healthcare team to decide if any adjustments are needed in your diabetes management
There are different ways to perform structured checking, depending on your goals.
Pattern management: If you find that your A1C result is rising in spite of your best efforts, or if you don't feel as well as you'd like, logging your blood sugar results and working with your diabetes coach can help uncover patterns. Quickly spotting patterns can help guide your treatment plan. As a result, you may be able to feel better and lower your A1C.2
Before-and-after testing: You may also decide to try checking in pairs. This method helps you see changes in your blood glucose with before-and-after checking to learn how your blood sugar reacts to certain foods or activities. Structured blood glucose checking can help you organize your numbers so that patterns pop out more easily. Then you can work with your healthcare team to make any needed adjustments in your self-care.
References: 1Polonsky WH. Diabetes Burnout: What to Do When You Can't Take It Anymore. Alexandria, VA: American Diabetes Association; 1999. 2Polonsky WH, et al. Structured self-monitoring of blood glucose significantly reduces A1C levels in poorly controlled, noninsulin-treated type 2 diabetes: results from the Structured Testing Program study. Diabetes Care. 2011;34(2):262-267.