How to Check Your Blood Sugar
Today’s blood sugar meters are designed to help make blood sugar testing as quick and easy as possible. And many insurance companies provide them free of charge. Ask your diabetes care team to help you choose a meter that’s right for you. They can help show you how to use it, but you should also read the instructions that come with your meter.
Test your blood sugar with these 5 helpful tips:
Collect your supplies (meter, lancet, and strips) in one place and wash your hands with warm water and soap. There’s no need for alcohol pads.
Massage your hands to get some blood flowing.
Hold your hand below your waist and then prick your finger.
Touch the blood drop to the test strip in your meter.
Read your blood sugar results in the meter window.
Keeping track of your blood sugar
When you keep good records of your blood sugar, you and your diabetes care team can make the best possible decisions about your diabetes care plan.
Many meters have computer programs that let you download your blood sugar results. Speak with your diabetes care team about a blood sugar meter that is right for you and be sure to ask about how to use it.
Continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) may also be used. These small sensors are inserted under the skin and measure the fluid between cells (interstitial fluid). The readings correlate to blood glucose. CGMs can also detect rapid changes in blood sugar levels. CGMs may be useful to patients who don't have noticeable symptoms when their blood sugar is low. They are also useful for those with frequent low blood sugar.