Gather the things you need to test your blood sugar.
This usually includes the meter, needle (lancet) and lancet holder, test
strips, and cotton balls.
Learn how to use the equipment.
Read the information from the manufacturer and your
doctor to be sure you know how to use the blood sugar meter, lancet holder, and
Then check the expiration date.
Check the expiration date on your test strips. If you
use expired test strips, your test results might not be accurate.
Be sure to match the code numbers.
Many meters don't need a code from the test strips, but some will. If your meter does, make sure the code number on the bottle of test strips
matches the number on your meter. If the numbers don't match, follow the
directions that come with your meter for changing the code
Wash your hands.
Wash your hands with warm, soapy water, and dry them
well with a clean towel.
Next, put a clean needle (lancet) in the lancet device.
The lancet device is a pen-sized holder for the lancet.
It holds the lancet in place and controls how deeply the lancet goes into your
Get the test strip ready.
Take one strip from the bottle of test strips. Follow
the directions to prepare your meter to receive the blood sample. Don't forget
to put the lid back on the bottle right after removing the strip.
Now it's time to prick your finger.
Use the lancet device to prick the side of your
fingertip with the lancet.
Now test a small sample of your blood.
Put a drop of blood on the correct spot of the test
strip, covering the test area well.
It's easy to stop the bleeding.
If your finger continues to bleed, use a clean cotton ball to apply pressure to your
fingertip to stop the bleeding.
Don't forget to record your results.
Wait for the results. Most meters take only a few
seconds to give you the results. Recording your blood sugar results is very
important. Your doctor will use your record to see how often your blood sugar
levels are in your target range.
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If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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