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Normal blood glucose levels are between 4-7.8mmol/L. Your blood glucose levels will be closer to 4.0mmol/L before eating; and closer to 7.8mmol/L after having a meal
For individuals with type one diabetes, the American Diabetes Association recommends a target level of 4-6mmol/L before meals; and 4-8mmol/L two hours after eating
For individuals with type two diabetes, the NHMRC recommends a target level of 6-8mmol/L before meals; and 6-10mmol/L two hours after eating
References: Diabetes Australia. Blood Glucose Monitoring [Internet]. Diabetes Australia [cited 2017 Sep 23]. Available from: https://www.diabetesaustralia.com.au/blood-glucose-monitoring
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Who might benefit from monitoring their blood glucose levels?
Individuals with type one diabetes
Individuals with type two diabetes
Family history of diabetes
Note: Before commencing on blood glucose monitoring, it is crucial to speak with your doctor or diabetes educator because they will be heavily involved in your blood glucose monitoring goals and plans (e.g. how often to monitor, desired glucose levels, understanding your glucose readings, etc)
Q. My doctor and/or diabetes educator believes that I'll benefit from blood glucose monitoring. How do I get access to a blood glucose monitoring kit?
Your doctor or diabetes educator may be able to provide you with a blood glucose monitoring kit. To your convenience, these kits can also be found at almost all pharmacies across Australia.
Q. How much is my upfront cost and the ongoing cost of blood glucose monitoring?
Your upfront cost is the blood glucose monitoring kit and your ongoing costs will be the testing strips and the needles. Please see the following prices down below, which varies slightly depending on brands and also the pharmacies:
Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit: Approximately $40-$60 for a machine
Blood Testing Strips: Approximately $50 for a pack of 100 strips
Needles for Finger Pricking: Approximately $0.20 per needle
Q. Does the government subsidises any of this?
The Australian government, with the assistance of Diabetes Australia has come up with a scheme called the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS), which allows eligible patient to obtain the above mentioned testing strips at a subsidised price. Your doctor or diabetes educator will need to assess your condition and several other factors to determine your eligibility to access the NDSS
If you have any questions regarding the NDSS or blood glucose monitoring in general, feel free to contact us via Facebook or just leave a comment down below. Thanks again for your ongoing support!