Diabetic Testing

Regular blood glucose testing is essential for proper management of diabetes.  This test tells you your blood glucose level at any one time and keeping a log of your results is vital.  Depending on the type (Type 1 Diabetes or Type 2 Diabetes)and severity of the diabetes, a diabetic may be instructed to test their blood sugar levels as often as every two hours. Most of the medical complications associated with diabetes are caused by the long-term effects of high blood glucose, and low blood glucose must me controlled as well. Diabetic testing equipment is available from most medical supply stores and pharmacies.

Why Should You Check Your Blood Glucose Levels?

Regular testing of your blood glucose levels will:

  • Provide a quick measurement of your blood glucose level.
  • Determine if you have a high or low blood glucose level.
  • Show you how your lifestyle and medication affect your blood glucose levels.
  • Help you and your diabetes healthcare team to make changes to your lifestyle and medication that will improve your blood glucose levels.

Who Should Check Their Blood Glucose Levels?

Medical experts feel that anyone with diabetes can benefit from regular checking of their blood glucose levels, however it is especially important for those:

  • taking insulin or diabetes pills
  • on intensive insulin therapy
  • pregnant
  • having a hard time controlling your blood glucose levels
  • having severe low blood glucose levels or ketones from high blood glucose levels
  • having low blood glucose levels without the usual warning signs

How Do I Check My Blood Glucose Levels?

One method for testing your glucose levels is testing your urine glucose levels however this test is not as accurate as blood glucose testing and should only be used when testing your blood is impossible.

A blood glucose meter is the easiest way for you to test your blood glucose levels at home.  These meters can be purchased at most major pharmacies and over the internet.

  1. After washing your hands, insert a test strip into your meter.
  2. Use your lancing device on the side of your fingertip to get a drop of blood.
  3. Gently squeeze or massage your finger until a drop of blood forms. (Required sample sizes vary depending on the meter used)
  4. Touch and hold the edge of the test strip to the drop of blood, and wait for the result.
  5. Your blood glucose level will appear on the meter’s display.

Note: All meters are slightly different, so please refer to your user’s manual for specific instructions.

Please speak to your doctor regarding your blood glucose target ranges in order to understand your results better.

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