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Blood Glucose Monitoring

Blood glucose testing , blood glucose levels

Controlling your blood glucose is very important part of managing diabetes. Regularly testing your blood glucose helps measure the effectiveness of your dietary planning, exercise and medication.

To self-test your blood glucose, you need a blood glucose meter, a test strip and a finger pricker. Then, follow these steps:

  • Wash your hands in warm water and dry thoroughly. * (this will remove and substances which may interfere with the test results).
  • Prick the side of your finger with the lancing device to obtain a drop of blood.
  • Apply the drop to the test strip as directed.
  • Wait a few seconds to view your results.
  • Discard the lancet and test strip properly.

If you are going out for the day and think hand-washing facilities won’t be available, pack a wet flannel in a plastic bag to wipe your fingers with before you test your blood sugar. It is best not to use 'wipes' as these can alter your blood glucose reading.

Follow the instructions included with your finger pricker to get a drop of blood— which normally includes shaking your hands below the wrist or gently squeezing your finger a few times to help. While testing from the tip side of a finger is most common, it is possible to use alternate site testing (AST). Other methods of testing and monitoring look at your blood glucose in the long-term. An HbA1c (also known as glycated haemoglobin or A1c) test gives you a picture of your average blood glucose control for the past 2 to 3 months and is available through your healthcare professional.

If you want to learn more about how to monitor your diabetes, please check:

 

Time to Test - Blood sugar testing is an important way of keeping an eye on what’s going on – and an essential tool for managing your diabetes.

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 Use our interactive demostration to learn how to correctly prick you finger.Click here to view!

 

Some blood glucose meters allow you to use blood samples from other parts of the body, such as the palm, forearm, upper arm, thigh or calf. Testing from alternate sites is not always ideal. Blood from your fingertip shows changes in blood glucose quickly, but blood from alternate sites may not, and you may not get the most accurate result.1 Always consult with your healthcare professional before using sites other than your fingertip for blood glucose testing.

The long-term measure of blood sugar control, also known as A1C or glycated hemoglobin. The A1C test measures how many A1C hemoglobin cells (a specific part of red blood cells) have sugar attached to them. Because these cells live for about four months, this gives a picture of how well blood sugar has been controlled for the past few months. The American Diabetes Association recommends an A1C result of 7% or less to help reduce the risk of long-term complications of diabetes.1

1American Diabetes Association. Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes -- 2006. Diabetes Care. Volume 29, Supplement 1, January 2006.

Monitoring is the key to successful diabetes management

Going for a jog, drinks after work, eating out or a sneaky midnight snack; these are things most people take for granted, unless you have diabetes. Doing unplanned exercise, drinking alcohol and missing meals can mean problems with your blood sugar. While high blood sugar levels are linked to health problems later in life, low levels can give you a hypo. Only by keeping your blood sugar under control can you greatly reduce the risk of ill health now and in the future.

Watch the video below to find out more about how monitoring can help you stay in control;

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