Blood Sugar Testing

One of the first things you must learn when diagnosed with diabetes is how to test your blood sugar. Your health care provider typically works with you to develop a testing schedule and recommends high and low blood sugar limits, both fasting and two hours after meals. Depending on your medication (insulin or oral medication), you may need to test several times a day.

Blood sugar testing basics

There are literally dozens of choices in blood glucose meters. Your health care provider may recommend a specific brand. He or she may even provide you with a meter, depending on your insurance. Your health care provider may also demonstrate the use of the lancing device, meter and its test strips.

Here are five things to remember when testing your blood sugar:

  • Keep it clean. Always wash your hands thoroughly before testing, and use an alcohol wipe before using the lancing device.

  • Use the right lancing device. Most lancing devices are spring-loaded to minimize flinching. Some are adjustable for degree of penetration. Most blood glucose meters come with a device, but if you don’t like the one you have, shop around.