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Check Your Blood Sugar Level… Correctly!

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This article will teach you how to correctly check your blood sugar levels. Learning how to check your blood sugar level helps you make early decisions about managing your diabetes.

Checking your blood sugar involves sticking your finger with a lancet and testing your blood with a glucose metre. Your healthcare provider will tell you when to check your blood, how often to check your blood sugar and your blood sugar target range. Try to keep your blood sugar within that target range.

You will need alcohol wipes or soap and water. A lancet, which is a small needle that fits into the lancet device, test strips, a blood glucose metre and a log book.

STEP 1. Wash your hands with soap and water and then dry them, or use an alcohol wipe to clean the finger you will use for the testing site and let it dry.

STEP 2. Remove a test strip from the container and put the cap back on to protect the strips. Be sure to use a new test strip each time you check your blood sugar.

STEP 3. Insert the test strip into your glucose metre.

STEP 4. Place a new lancet into your lancet device. Always use a new lancet everytime you check your blood sugar.

STEP 5. Stick the side of your finger with the lancet to get a drop of blood. Sticking the side of your finger rather than the tip, hurts less. Use a different finger for each test to help prevent sore spots. You may need to gently massage or squeeze the blood out of your finger. Squeezing your finger too hard may give an inaccurate reading. Most lancet devices have a dial which  allows you to select how deep the lancet goes into the skin. If you get more blood than you need, dial the number down on the lancet so the lancet does not go as deep. If you do not get enough blood, dial the number up so that the lancet goes in deeper.

STEP 6. Touch the correct part of the lancet strip to the drop of blood but not your skin. The metre will display blood sugar level on the screen.

STEP 7. Write the number into your log book. Be sure to record your blood sugar level everytime you check it. Also, use your log to record things that may affect your blood sugar such as illness, exercise, stress and eating food at a party.

Make sure to follow up with your doctor regularly and bring your log book to all your doctor’s appointments. You and your doctor may need to discuss changes to your meal plan, physical activity or diabetes medications.

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