Monitoring blood glucose
|Monitoring blood glucose: Using a self-test meter|
Set up the meter according to the specific directions that come with your meter. Get the supplies ready, including a new test strip and disposable lancet. Place the lancet into the lancing device.
|Insert a test strip|
Insert a new test strip into the meter.
|Prick your finger|
Wash your hands. Then gently prick the side (the less sensitive part) of your finger with the lancet to draw out a drop of blood.
|Calculate glucose level|
Touch the test strip to the drop of blood. The blood is automatically pulled into the test strip. The meter then calculates your blood glucose level.
|Record your reading|
In your logbook, record the time of day and the blood sugar reading that shows on the glucometer. Some meters keep a log automatically.
Reviewed By: Robert Hurd, MD, Professor of Endocrinology and Health Care Ethics, Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.