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MANAGING DIABETES 

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 CHECKING YOUR BLOOD SUGAR

As a diabetic you need to know when your blood sugar level is outside the target range for your body. Fortunately, you can see what your blood sugar level is anywhere and anytime by using a home blood sugar meter (blood glucose meter). Using the meter, you can find out what your blood sugar level is within a minute or two.

HOW TO TEST

 Monitoring your blood sugar level at home takes the guesswork out of your daily diabetes care. You will know what your blood sugar level is at the time of testing.

  1. Wash your hands with warm, soapy water, and dry them well with a clean towel.
  2. Put a clean needle (lancet) in the lancet device. The lancet device is a pen-sized holder for the lancet. It holds and positions the lancet and controls how deeply the lancet goes into your skin.
  3. Get a test strip from your bottle of testing strips. Put the lid back on the bottle immediately to prevent moisture from affecting the other strips.
  4. Get your blood sugar meter ready. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your specific meter.
  5. Use the lancet device to stick the side of your fingertip with the lancet. Some devices and blood sugar meters allow blood testing on other parts of the body, such as the forearm. Be sure you know where your device can be used.
  6. Put a drop of blood on the correct spot of the test strip, covering the test area well.
  7. Using a clean cotton ball, stop the bleeding by applying pressure to the place you stuck.
  8. Wait for the results. Most meters take only a few seconds to give you the results.
  9. Record the result to discuss with your primary care provider.