Checking blood sugar regularly is usually an important thing for people with diabetes to do. Usually, your doctor will ask you to do your own tests at home several times a day. However, not only people with diabetes, you who have prediabetes and symptoms of diabetes also need to check blood sugar regularly. If you are still confused and have never done it yourself, consider the following review.
How to check blood sugar at home
Don't be confused, the following guidelines check your own blood sugar that you can practice at home. Previously, you needed to understand what was needed and usually contained in a blood sugar checker. Here are the details:
- Lansets (small needles)
- Lancing device (to hold the needle)
- Alcohol swab
- Test strip
- Glucose meter
- Portable box
- Cable to download data (if needed)
After knowing the various tools contained in the blood sugar check device, follow the steps below:
- Wash hands thoroughly using soap and running water.
- Place the lance in the lancing device.
- Insert the test strip into the glucose meter.
- Wipe your fingertips with alcohol swab
- Stick your fingertips with a lancet so that blood can come out and be taken.
- Place a drop of blood on the drops strip and wait for the results. Usually, a number that shows your blood sugar level will appear within seconds on the meter screen.
If the tool you use turns out to be a little different, be sure to follow the usage instructions contained in the package.
To be more accurate, follow the instructions
For the results of this test to be more accurate, do a test on the fingers, not the other parts. You can do testing when fasting, during or 2 hours after eating.
This is done to see how the diet that is being lived can affect blood sugar. Also, make sure to check blood sugar after you eat simple carbohydrates or eat sweet foods to ensure that the glucose levels in your body are not too high.
Perform this test every time you make a change to the treatment plan or each time you feel sick. Don't forget to note important things during testing such as:
- Date, time (before or after meals), and checking time.
- Drugs taken along with the dosage.
- Foods consumed before checking.
- Daily sports performed before checking
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