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: Brent Wisse, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Nutrition, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.