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    Measuring Your Blood Sugar

    Measuring Your Blood Sugar

    First, gather your supplies.

    Preparing to use a blood sugar meter and testing supplies
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    Gather the things you need to test your blood sugar. This usually includes the meter, needle (lancet) and lancet holder, test strips, and cotton balls.

    Learn how to use the equipment.

    Reading the blood sugar meter instruction booklet
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    Read the information from the manufacturer and your doctor to be sure you know how to use the blood sugar meter, lancet holder, and test strips.

    Then check the expiration date.

    Label showing expiration date for test strips
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    Check the expiration date on your test strips. If you use expired test strips, your test results might not be accurate.

    Be sure to match the code numbers.

    Matching the code numbers on meter and test strip bottle
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    Many meters don't need a code from the test strips, but some will. If your meter does, make sure the code number on the bottle of test strips matches the number on your meter. If the numbers don't match, follow the directions that come with your meter for changing the code number.

    Wash your hands.

    Washing hands before testing
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    Wash your hands with warm, soapy water, and dry them well with a clean towel.

    Next, put a clean needle (lancet) in the lancet device.

    Putting lancet in lancet device
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    The lancet device is a pen-sized holder for the lancet. It holds the lancet in place and controls how deeply the lancet goes into your skin.

    Get the test strip ready.

    Putting test strip into meter
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    Take one strip from the bottle of test strips. Follow the directions to prepare your meter to receive the blood sample. Don't forget to put the lid back on the bottle right after removing the strip.

    Now it's time to prick your finger.

    Pricking side of fingertip with lancet
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    Use the lancet device to prick the side of your fingertip with the lancet.

    Now test a small sample of your blood.

    Putting blood drop on test strip
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    Put a drop of blood on the correct spot of the test strip, covering the test area well.

    It's easy to stop the bleeding.

    Putting pressure on fingertip to stop bleeding
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    If your finger continues to bleed, use a clean cotton ball to apply pressure to your fingertip to stop the bleeding.

    Don't forget to record your results.

    Recording results
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    Wait for the results. Most meters take only a few seconds to give you the results. Recording your blood sugar results is very important. Your doctor will use your record to see how often your blood sugar levels are in your target range.

    By Healthwise Staff
    E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
    Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
    Last Revised June 24, 2013

    Last Revised: June 24, 2013

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

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