What Should I Do After the Test?
After you measure your blood sugar level, don’t forget to do the following:
- Record the results, including the date and time of the day. It will also be helpful to jot down the foods you ate, symptoms you feel, or any notable activity you engaged in.
- If the reading is not within the target range, follow the doctor’s instructions (should you take medications, call them, etc.)
- Dispose of the lancets in the sharps box and the test strips and alcohol pads in their separate sealed containers. They are now hazardous waste and require proper handling.
- Care for the glucometer and lancing device as per package instructions.
Learning how to measure blood sugar using a glucometer is a crucial part of managing diabetes.
Stock on lancets and test strips, especially if you foresee that you’ll have no time to go out and buy them for a particular period. Furthermore, always check that your test strips are not expired and never use another container for them. Many test strips are sensitive to temperature, moisture, and even light.
If you have questions about the steps on how to measure your blood sugar levels, talk to your doctor as soon as possible.
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