It helps you detect when you’re blood sugar level is no longer within your target goal.
Moreover, it gives you the opportunity to act before the effects of hyperglycemia set in.
The other benefits of using a glucometer are:
- It checks if your medications are working well for your blood glucose levels.
- You’ll be able to track and record your progress with your current treatment regimen.
- It assesses if your diet and exercise are effective in managing your diabetes.
- It helps determine if other factors like stress and illnesses influence your sugar levels.
How to Use a Blood Glucose Monitoring Kit
After answering the question of how does a blood glucose monitor work, let’s review how to properly use it.
Most glucometers follow these instructions:
- When it’s time to check your blood glucose, thoroughly wash your hands.
- Insert a test strip into the glucometer device.
- Using the lancet pen, prick the side of your finger to draw blood.
- Be sure that you’re drawing enough blood – if it’s too little or too much, the glucometer might not be able to read it.
- Touch the edge of the strip with your pricked finger to transfer the blood to the designated area on the test strip.
- Wait for the results; the numbers will be displayed on the glucometer’s monitor.
Important reminder: Please understand that due to the wide variety of kits in the market, the instructions provided above may change a little.
Don’t forget to thoroughly read the manufacturer’s note to use the device correctly.
If you’re having difficulty with using the glucometer, ask for your doctor’s help. Bring the glucometer to their office and have them teach you.
Before leaving, try to do a test run so your doctor can assess if you’re doing it properly.
Reading the Results
Now that you have a fairly good idea of how to use a glucometer at home, it’s time to talk about results.
Some kits come with their own normal values. However, it’s not a good idea to be reliant on those values. This is because the target ranges for blood glucose levels have to be “personalized”.
Your doctor will talk to you about it, but in general, your target ranges will depend on the following factors:
- Your age
- How long you’ve had diabetes
- Other conditions you may have, especially cardiovascular diseases
- Complications of diabetes
- Hypoglycemia unawareness
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