Empowered by Numbers

Numbers hold the key to diabetes management

Blood glucose testing is important as it helps you and your healthcare team better manage your diabetes.1 Your numbers are change indicators of various factors that can affect your diabetes.2 You will need to know your numbers if you have been diagnosed with diabetes, regardless of type. Your doctor or diabetes nurse educator will design a glucose testing routine and management plan for you based on your lifestyle.4

Why do I need to test, isn’t the HBa1c enough?

We can all experience ‘peaks’ and ‘troughs’ in our blood glucose levels throughout the day, depending on many factors. With diabetes and certain medications, these swings can become severe or prolonged, and can cause diabetes related complications.4,9 Regular self-monitoring can help you to identify when your numbers are too high or too low, allowing your healthcare team to take steps to manage your blood glucose level.1,8

The HbA1c test provides an average of your blood glucose levels from the past two to three months. It is an important test, as it lets you and your doctor or diabetes educator know the effectiveness of your diabetes management plan.6,9 However, it should be used alongside a robust self-monitoring program.

Regular testing allows you to monitor the progress of your diabetes management3

How can I get my numbers?

Better understand your numbers with the help of your healthcare team and the FreeStyle Auto-Assist software. The FreeStyle Auto-Assist software can be downloaded by you, your doctor or diabetes educator, to get the numbers that have been recorded in your FreeStyle blood glucose meter. Reports of your numbers will provide your healthcare team with important information on excursions from your recommended blood glucose levels and show the daily patterns of your blood glucose levels, helping them determine if changes are needed in your diabetes management. To download the free FreeStyle Auto-Assist software click here & call FreeStyle Customer Care on 1800 801 478 to receive a free USB cable.

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3. Benjamin E. Self-monitoring of blood glucose: the basics. Clin diabetes 2002; 20: 45-7.

4. Diabetes Australia. Diabetes management in general practice. Sydney: DA 2013; viewed 02 May 2013, http://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/Documents/DA/Publications/13.04.08%20DMiGP%20Web%20Version.pdf>.

5. IDF Clinical Guidelines Task Force. Global Guideline on Pregnancy and Diabetes. Brussels: International Diabetes Federation 2009; viewed 22 May 2013 <http://www.idf.org/webdata/docs/Pregnancy_EN_RTP.pdf>.

6. Craig M, Twigg S, Donaghue K et al. National evidence-based clinical care guidelines for type 1 diabetes in children, adolescents and adults. Canberra: Department of Health and Ageing 2011; viewed 22 May 2013, <http://www.diabetessociety.com.au/downloads/Type1guidelines14Nov2011.pdf>.

7. Diabetes and driving working party. Diabetes and driving. Sydney: Australian Diabetes Society 2011; viewed 03 July 2013,  http://www.diabetessociety.com.au/.

8. Klonoff D. Benefits and Limitations of Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose. J Diabetes Sci Technol 2007; 1: 130-2.

9. Giugliano D, Ceriello A and Esp osito K. Glucose metabolism and hyperglycemia. Am J Clin Nutr 2008; 87 (Suppl.): S217-S22.
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