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What is blood glucose monitoring or testing?

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Blood glucose monitoring (or testing) refers to a specific way to see how much sugar is in your blood. Home blood-glucose monitoring involves pricking your finger with a lancing device, putting a drop of blood on a test strip and inserting the test strip into a blood-glucose-testing meter that displays your blood glucose level. If you desire, you can also have your blood sugar levels tested in a laboratory. Doctors recommend that people with insulin-dependent diabetes monitor their blood glucose levels three or four times a day. Depending on the situation, doctors may suggest glucose checks before meals, two hours after meals, at bedtime, in the middle of the night, and before and after exercise.

From: Glossary of Diabetes Terms WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Diabetes Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. xylitol.org. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES: American Diabetes Association. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. xylitol.org. News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

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