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What is traditional home glucose monitoring?

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You prick your finger with a lancet (a small, sharp needle), put a drop of blood on a test strip, and then place the strip into a meter that displays your blood sugar levels.

Meters vary in features, portability, speed, size, cost, and readability (with larger displays or spoken instructions if you have vision problems). Devices deliver results in less than 15 seconds and store this information for future use.

Some meters also calculate an average blood sugar level over a span of time. Some also feature software kits that take information from the meter and display graphs and charts of your past test results. Blood sugar meters and strips are available at your local pharmacy.

From: Home Blood Sugar Testing WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Choosing a Blood Glucose Meter." 

American Diabetes Association: "Standards of Medial Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

American Diabetes Association: A1C and eAG

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on July 1, 2019

SOURCES: 

American Diabetes Association: "Choosing a Blood Glucose Meter." 

American Diabetes Association: "Standards of Medial Care in Diabetes -- 2014."

American Diabetes Association: A1C and eAG

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on July 1, 2019

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