Testing Blood Sugar At Home

Keeping an accurate idea of your blood sugar levels is an integral part of successful diabetes management. Blood glucose meters allow you to check your blood sugar level at your home.

Why should you have your own blood glucose meter?

You should have your own blood glucose meter if you have diabetes and you need to monitor your blood sugar levels. You and your doctor can use the results to:

►  Determine your daily adjustments in treatment

►  Know if you have dangerously high or low levels of glucose

►  Understand how your diet and exercise change your glucose levels

It has been proven in The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (1993) that good glucose control using meters at home led to fewer disease complications.

How often should you test your blood sugar?

Follow your doctor’s recommendations about how often you test your glucose. You may need to test yourself several times each day to determine adjustments in your diet or treatment.

How do you test your blood sugar using a meter?

Before you test your blood glucose, you must read and understand the instructions for your meter.

Steps to test your blood sugar:

  1. After washing your hands with soap, insert a test strip into your meter.
  2. Use your lancing device on the side of your fingertip to get a drop of blood.
  3. Touch and hold the edge of the test strip to the drop of blood.
  4. Wait for the result.
  5. Your blood glucose level will appear on the meter’s display.

You must maintain a log-book or diary to keep the records of your blood sugar level along with the date and time of testing.

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