Glucose Monitoring: The Top 5 Tips
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Why is blood glucose monitoring important?
Tip 1: Choose a meter that fits your needs
- … if you know that you’ll need to test while you’re travelling, getting a meter that’s small and portable may be important to you.
- … if you know that you have eyesight troubles or need to test at night, you might want to choose a meter with a larger screen, or one that is brightly lit.
- … if you know that you have to test frequently, or sometimes have trouble getting blood for a test, you might want to choose a meter that can work with a very small blood sample.
- … if you have arthritis in your hands, you might want to find a meter with easy-to-handle test strips.
- … if you find it bothersome to log your results in a book, you might want to choose a meter that will automatically store or download results to a smartphone or computer.
Tip 2: Learn when to check
You should ask your doctor or diabetes educator about how often and what time(s) of day you should be checking your blood glucose levels. He or she may suggest checking it while you’re fasting, before and 2 hours after meals, or before bedtime. But each person’s situation is different, and it could change during the course of your life.
Generally speaking, you may need to monitor your BG levels more frequently if:
Regardless of how often you’ll be checking, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re always ready. That’s why you should:
Tip 3: Learn how to check
Of course, the specific steps you follow when you check your blood glucose levels will depend on the meter you’re using. That’s why it’s important to always follow the instructions that come with your meter.
Beyond that, there are several things you can do to ensure the safety and accuracy of your blood glucose testing:
Tip 4: Take care of your fingertips
- Don’t reuse lancets. Reusing them can make them dull, which could make pricking your finger more painful.
- Prick the side of your fingertip, not the pad. You’ll find it’s less painful.
- Don’t squeeze your fingertip as a way of producing a quicker blood flow. Instead, try hanging your arm and hand down, and gently shaking and then rubbing your fingertips before you prick them, to increase the blood flow to your fingers. Washing your hands in warm water can also help.
If you have chronic finger pain from testing, talk to your doctor or the Pharmacist at Walmart. They may suggest a meter that can work with blood drawn from other parts of your body.
Tip 5: Track your results
Keeping a careful log or record of your test results is important. Some modern blood glucose meters can help you do this, by automatically storing results or downloading them to a computer or mobile device for you.
If you prefer to work on paper, you can print a diabetes log chart from the Canadian Diabetes Association, available here: smbg.diabetes.ca/CDA_SMBG_Log.pdf
Or just ask the Pharmacist at Walmart to give you one.
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This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.
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