Many people are frightened to check their blood sugar levels because they do not want to see levels that are higher or lower than their target range.
However, checking your blood sugars at home and in the workplace puts you in control of your diabetes and is the most accurate way of you seeing the effectiveness of your lifestyle changes and medications on your diabetes control.
If levels are above or below your target range, monitoring provides you with the ability to identify what is causing the problem and to correct it.
Tips in monitoring your blood sugar
To monitor your blood sugar, you need to get a blood glucose meter.
The steps are similar for many meters, and generally look like this:
- Wash and dry your hands—using warm water may help the blood flow.
- Turn on the meter and prepare a test strip as outlined in your owner’s booklet. (Many meters turn on automatically when a strip is inserted).
- Choose your spot—don’t check from the same finger all the time. (Using the side of the fingertip may be less painful than the pads).
- Prepare the lancing device according to the user guide provided, then lance your fingertip or other approved site to get a drop of blood.
- Touch and hold the test strip opening to the drop until it has absorbed enough blood to begin the test.
- View your test result and take the proper steps if your blood sugar is high or low, based on your healthcare professionals’ recommendations.
- Discard the used lancet properly.
- Record the results in a logbook, hold them in the meter’s memory or download to an app or computer so you can review and analyze them later.
This will help you to identify patterns in your levels and make the required changes to get your blood sugar back to your targetrange.
Bringing 5-7 days of blood sugar records to your health care visit will help the team to determine your diabetes management needs.