How to Check Blood Sugar
Do you know that more than 420 million people around the globe have Diabetes? While a minor proportion of this population has Type 1 Diabetes, which is caused when your body Pancreas doesn’t produce enough insulin, the rest have Type 2 Diabetes which is characterized by the body’s ineffectiveness of using insulin.
Regardless of the type, a diabetic needs to keep his or her blood sugar levels in check if they want to avoid all the complications which could arise from high or even low levels of blood sugar. As a result, many people look for simple ways in which they can check their sugar level.
Nowadays, there is a wide range of equipment which can determine your sugar levels at home. It saves a considerable amount of money, which you might have had to pay to your doctor, and also gives instant readings around the clock.
Based on the instant results, you can decide whether to inject insulin – for controling high blood sugar – or to consume a sugary diet for countering low levels of blood sugar.
So in the below-mentioned guide, we’ll explain how to check blood sugar levels, at home, without the help of a professional person.
How to Check Blood Sugar with a Glucometer
When it comes to checking blood sugar, glucometer is the most commonly used device around the globe. This equipment is present in almost every household incorporating a diabetic.
The reason behind such a staggering popularity of this particular device lies in its ease of use. When it requires no expert guidance, as you can check your sugar levels by yourself, the fact that it gives instant readings within a span of 5 -30 seconds makes it a much-appraised healthcare equipment.
For using a glucometer, you should have a couple of additional accessories apart from this particular equipment. It consists of a lancet, lancing device, a bottle of test strips and an alcohol swab.
Wash your Hands
Before using a glucometer, wash your hands thoroughly to make sure that there is no sugary residue left on them from your last meal. You can also use warm water for this purpose because it will enhance the natural blood flow. After washing your hands, dry them up with a soft, clean towel.
For diabetics which prefer using an alcohol swab, they should always let the alcohol evaporate into the air before using the glucometer. Or otherwise, it will affect the final outcome of this particular technique.
Set Up the Lancing Device
Gather your lancing device along with a clean lancet (needle) on a table. Remove the protective cover from the device. Then grab the lancet and insert it into the device.
Make sure to rotate the lancet, inside this unit, as long as you don’t hear a CLICK sound. Once you’ve done that, put the protective cover back in its original place and modify its depth via rotating the cap.
The depth, which you can choose by rotating the cap, depends on the condition of your skin. If you have soft smooth skin, which is normally the case with females, you should select a low-level depth.
On the contrary, if you’ve tough hands, select a higher value so that the needle can easily pierce into your skin.
Remember, you’re going to use this device for pricking your finger. So it is imperative that you should set it up very carefully.
Set Up the Glucometer
Grab the new bottle of test strips, which you’ve just purchased from your nearby pharmacy, and take out a fresh strip. Afterward, close the bottle immediately to make sure it doesn’t get contaminated by the external environmental elements.
Then insert the testing strip into the glucometer. There are two ends of a testing strip so make sure that you’re inserting the right end inwards.
Nowadays, there are two types of glucometers which you can purchase from the market. When one of them turns itself ON as soon as you insert the test strip, others will remain off until you put a blood sample on the testing strip. So make sure which type of blood sugar measuring device you own for avoiding any confusion.
Prick your Finger
Prick one side of your finger with the help of a lancing device. It will create a small spot on your finger so squeeze it gently until a drop of blood comes out.
Make sure that it comes out in an adequate amount before you put it on one side of the strip which is already inserted into the glucometer.
Depending on the device which you own, a glucometer can come up with results from anywhere in between 5 seconds to 1-minute time span. Once your results are ready, you’ll hear a beep sound and the reading will start appearing on the screen of the glucometer.
- For diabetics who’re always on the go, they should keep the glucometer and other important items (lancets, lancing device and strips etc.) with them at all the time.
- Before using any particular item in a blood sugar testing kit, make sure that it isn’t expired. Even though an expired item might not be dangerous for your health, but it still tends to produce inaccurate results.
- Never reuse the lancets as well as the test strips and dispose of them right after use.
- Keep the testing strips in a cool dry place away from the sunlight as well as moisture.
- Consult with your doctor to determine how many times per day it is convenient to determine your blood sugar levels. Make a schedule and then make sure to follow it on a continuous basis.
- Before using a glucose meter for the very first time, check its accuracy with the help of a control solution. A control meter, which can be a premade test strip or even a liquid, normally comes with the actual device so you don’t have to purchase additional supplies.
- Take a notebook and keep track of your daily blood sugar level tests. It will help you in determining what medications are suitable for sugar control and which food item is better to regularize your glucose levels.