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People with diabetes use blood glucose testing devices (glucometers) to test their blood sugar and ensure it’s not too high or too low. Glucometers are used by people with type 1 diabetes mellitus and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
When someone has diabetes, they don’t make enough insulin to process the glucose in their blood. Insulin pushes glucose into the body’s cells to use for energy. Without insulin, the glucose stays in the bloodstream, and the body cannot use energy.
High glucose also causes damage to the blood vessels.
Testing blood sugar can help pick the right dose of anti-diabetic medication and test whether the blood sugar is well-controlled.
Ask your doctor how many times you should check your blood sugar and at what times of the day.
When testing your blood sugar, make sure you have a clean space and all of the necessary supplies in front of you.
Use an alcohol prep pad to wipe a spot on the side of your finger and not directly on the tip. Let the alcohol dry.
Once the alcohol is dry, use a lancet to poke a hole in the clean part of your finger. Squeeze your fingertip until a bead of blood forms.
Insert a test strip into the glucometer. Once it has turned on, touch the tip of the test strip to the blood. Hold it there until the glucometer gives you a reading.
You will need alcohol prep pads, lancets, blood glucose test strips, and a blood glucose testing device to test your blood.
Never change your diabetic medication without talking to your doctor first.
Make sure your test strips are the correct code and not expired before using them.
Never share a lancet with another person. Do not re-use lancets.
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