Glucose Monitors

Glucose monitors are an easy and portable way to keep an eye on your blood glucose levels throughout the day. You should test your levels before and after meals, as well as at random times daily to ensure that your levels remain normal. If your blood glucose levels go beyond what your doctor has recommended, you should either consume the necessary food or take the medication that your doctor has prescribed.

How to Test

These tests generally take a few minutes to complete and come with a few different tools. You will need diabetes lancets, which help you draw blood and test strips, on which you place the blood before the monitor reads it. Most people carry a logbook as well, as this gives you a place to store your results.

Before testing, clean the lancet and have everything that you need right in front of you. Clean the area where you will prick with soap or rubbing alcohol to prevent infection. Always perform the test on dry skin.

After pricking your finger with the diabetes lancets, allow the blood to pool and drip onto one of the strips. Newer monitors allow you to draw blood from other areas of your body, so choose this option if your fingers become sore. You then place the strip into the monitor and it provides you with a digital number of your blood glucose levels.

Purpose of Test

Using glucose monitors holds importance because it makes it possible for you control the disease. It also allows you to provide your doctor with your blood sugar information, allowing him or her to devise a plan to minimize the discomfort that you experience.

The longer you take note of your blood glucose levels, the easier it becomes to plan out meals and activities, as well as a time to take your medication. If you keep track of the meals that you eat, you can gain information on how specific foods influence your levels. You can also see how adequate exercise can help keep your blood sugar normal.

Testing informs you of when your blood sugar reaches unsafe levels, so you can make the necessary adjustment quickly and easily. If the doctor sees that your levels reach unsafe blood glucose levels at the same time every day, he or she can suggest that you take medication or eat a meal at that time.

Normal Blood Sugar

Since your glucose monitors tells you when your blood glucose levels reaches an unsafe point, you should know about these levels. Before a meal, you should have 70 to 130 milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood. After a meal, you should have less than 180 milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood.

These numbers also depend on the time and intensity of your last workout and when you last took insulin. Some doctors might use different measurements, so make sure that you have the proper information and that your monitor reads your blood glucose levels in the correct manner.

Troubleshooting

In some cases, your glucose monitors might not react properly to your blood. This suggests that something has gone wrong with the testing, such as an outdated strip or dirty skin. To avoid these problems, keep your skin clean and purpose new strips frequently, while avoiding extreme heat.

An Important Tool

Keeping one of these monitors present at all times can help you manage your diabetes and eliminate many of the complications that can arise. If you feel weak or tired at certain points every day, it could signify that your routine does not provide you with everything that you need daily. As a result, glucose monitors can help you come up with a plan to alleviate this problem, keeping you energized throughout the day.

 

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