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How does someone test their blood sugar?

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You need a small needle called a lancet. You also need special blood testing strips that come in a bottle. Your doctor or diabetes educator will show you how to test your blood. Here are the basic steps to follow:

Pricking your finger with a lancet may hurt a little. It's like sticking your finger with a pin. Use the lancet only once and be careful when you throw away used ones. Ask your doctor or nurse how to get rid of them safely.

  • Depending on your monitoring device, prick your finger or another area of your body with the lancet to get a drop of blood.
  • Place the blood on the end of the strip.
  • Put the strip into the meter. The meter will display a number for your blood sugar, like 128.

SOURCES:

Diabetes Care : "Clinical practice recommendations."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation. Atlanta, GA. 1991. The prevention and treatment of complications of diabetes mellitus: A guide for primary care practitioners.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation. . Atlanta, GA. 1991. Take charge of your diabetes: A guide for care

The New England Journal of Medicine : "The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus."

Peragallo-Dittko, V., Godley, K., & Meyer, J. (2nd edition). Chicago: American Association of Diabetes Educators. 1993. A core curriculum for diabetes education

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

 

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 26, 2018

SOURCES:

Diabetes Care : "Clinical practice recommendations."

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation. Atlanta, GA. 1991. The prevention and treatment of complications of diabetes mellitus: A guide for primary care practitioners.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation. . Atlanta, GA. 1991. Take charge of your diabetes: A guide for care

The New England Journal of Medicine : "The effect of intensive treatment of diabetes on the development and progression of long-term complications in insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus."

Peragallo-Dittko, V., Godley, K., & Meyer, J. (2nd edition). Chicago: American Association of Diabetes Educators. 1993. A core curriculum for diabetes education

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

 

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on November 26, 2018

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