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If you have diabetes, you have to keep on observing your blood sugar levels and keeping a record of the scores so that you can share them with your doctor. In most cases, those who get diabetes often have blood pressure troubles. It is important that you make it a priority to check your weight as well as your moods and feelings.
This information is necessary since the doctor will use it to decide if the medication is working for you. Remember, when hungry, your blood glucose should be 90-130 mg/dl. Two hours after eating, peak blood glucose should not exceed 180 mg/dl. So, how exactly should you monitor your diabetes?
What to Use?
You will require a glucometer. It is a small electronic device that has a meter. Whenever you remove a small drop of your blood, the meter reads the level of sugar levels in it. You have to get the drop of blood using specialized lancets from your fingertips. Like with every device, do a little research and find the best glucometer and lancets for your needs.
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How to Use a Glucometer
- Wash your hands thoroughly and then dry them.
- Take a test strip and insert it into the meter.
- Using a lancet, prick your finger on the side.
- Squeeze gently, and a drop of blood will form.
- Put the test strip at the edge of the drop to collect it.
- After a few seconds, you can read the meter to know the level of your blood glucose.
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Problems to Avoid When Using the Meter
- Before using your device, read the manual. Do not assume that all devices work the same.
- The manual has instructions regarding the blood sample size. Do not exceed the limit.
- The manufacturers design specific stripes for each meter. Only use the specified.
- Follow the instructions for storing your test strips.
- Keep your device clean. Follow instructions regarding quality control checks.
- Whenever you are visiting the doctor, always carry your meter along. You can ask any questions regarding the test, and if need be, you can demonstrate how you do the tests.
Record Your Results
For the doctor to know if the medical plan is working for you, records are critical. How often you perform the tests will depend on the doctors’ recommendations. He will advise you regarding the type of diabetes in your body. In most cases, those with diabetes type one will have to do more tests than those who have diabetes type two.
Those with type two diabetes who use exercise and diet to manage blood sugar levels requires no testing. You can also download the device into your computer. You need to record the date of the test, time, and your test results. The doctor will also require knowing the type of medication you are using, the dose, the diet you take and also exercise information.