Amy Tenderich was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May of 2003. She is the founder and editor-in-chief of Diabetes Mine and co-authored the book Know Your Numbers, Outlive Your Diabetes. You will frequently find her speaking at diabetes, health, and social media events across the country.

So you’ve got a glucose meter…but do you know what to do with it? Put simply, a glucose meter is like a "diabetes compass," which tells you where you are now and where you might want to head next. Without it, you’re wandering aimlessly. Learn about the how and why of blood glucose (BG) monitoring here.

TIP 1: Test with Purpose

To many people, glucose testing seems like a “random” affair. You log a bunch of numbers at different times of day, and they appear to make little sense. Since sampling your own blood throughout the day is not something anyone enjoys, it better have a purpose! Read More >>

TIP 2: Know What to Do with the Numbers

Do you know what your blood glucose numbers mean? And, more importantly, do you know what to do with them? Read More >>

TIP 3: When's Best to Test?

The best times to check your blood glucose (BG) depend on your reasons for checking. If you are checking in order to choose your insulin doses … Read More >>

TIP 4: Understand Daily Glucose Testing vs. Your A1c Result

Some people believe that if they get their A1c blood test done regularly, there’s really no need for daily glucose testing. WRONG. Read More >>

TIP 5: No Judgments, This Test You Cannot "Fail"

Always remember and never forget: testing glucose is not a judgment of your personal worth. Read More »

TIP 6: How to Choose (or Get) a Meter

Need to choose—or find a way to get your hands on—a new glucose meter? Here are some useful tips. Read More »

Links to Learn More About Glucose Monitoring

• Review of the why’s and how’s by reading, “Glucose Monitoring, What’s the Point?”
• Watch this video to learn some “best practices” for making the most of your meter.
• On living with a glucose monitor, from Amy’s blog:
Glucose Testing in Pairs
Who Licks Their Finger?
Life, by the Numbers

• What is continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)?
An Overview of CGM
Continuous Glucose Monitoring 101

• A look at your choices of glucose monitors:
Diabetes Forecast Guide to Blood Glucose Meters
Another glucose meter directory:
Tips for picking the best glucose meter for your needs

• Interested in downloading the data stored in your glucose meter?
Here’s a link to an excellent directory of technology available for that.