A visit to the doctor is very crucial for persons living with type 2 diabetes to get the required support to manage their health. However, this visit is only a tiny part of what is needed to manage type 2 diabetes. Treatment outcomes depend on what happens after and between the visits to the doctor.
This is the part that many people miss!
Let us ask the question, “is the blood sugar reading that is taken during the visit to the doctor enough for the doctor to decide if your treatment is working or not?”
The answer is NO!
The doctor will require a record of your daily blood sugar readings to know if the treatment is working or not. This will help the doctor to change the treatment plan early enough and avoid serious and life-threatening emergencies and complications.
Tests like the HbA1c (sugar-coated hemoglobin) give a picture of blood sugar levels for 8 to 12 weeks. This is definitely helpful to enable your doctor to decide your treatment plan after 8 to 12 weeks.
But can this be done sooner! The answer is Yes.
This is why it is important to check your blood sugar levels every day.
We conducted a poll to determine how often people with type 2 diabetes checked their blood sugar. We found out that only a few people (25%) who responded to the poll checked their blood sugar levels every day.
This has to change!
We are aware of the financial and stress-related implications that come with monitoring blood sugar levels every day. That is why we are here to support you. Viedial provides self-management education, an app to record, track and share your blood sugar readings with your doctor. More importantly, we are working with stakeholders to reduce the cost of taking blood sugar readings every day.