A valuable tool that a diabetic, whether they have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, can have at their home is an at-home sugar level monitoring device called a glucometer. Let us tell you what is glucometer!
Gluco meter is a hand-held device that allows a person to monitor the amount of glucose in their blood. It helps in sugar level check and monitoring and provides valuable information about whether the blood sugar is too high, or too low, or in a good range.
They are portable devices that offer instant feedback and let you know immediately about the blood sugar level. A glucometer enables people to take RBS test at their convenience. For those who don’t know what is RBS test, it is the testing of the blood glucose level at any time or random time of the day.
The frequency and time of testing will depend on the specific type of diabetes a person is diagnosed with and their treatment plan. It is important to learn how to use glucometer to test your blood glucose level and discuss with the doctor how often and what times of the day should one be testing their blood sugar level.
If a person has type 1 diabetes, generally, they may need to test their sugar levels four to ten times per day.
If a person has type 2 or gestational diabetes, they may generally need to test two to four times per day, depending on if they take insulin or not.
If a person has type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, latent autoimmune diabetes, or were diagnosed with gestational diabetes during pregnancy, their treatment plan will include regular monitoring and testing of the blood glucose levels using a blood glucose meter.
Frequent glucometer usage for monitoring glucose level can help a person in:
Let us take you through how to check diabetes at home.
For using a glucometer and testing, you will need a sanitizer or soap and water or spirit to clean up the testing area, glucometer strips that will come along with the glucometer, a lancet, a lancing device, and a notebook to record results. The following steps explain how glucometer works.
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Read the following steps to know how to check diabetes on a one touch glucometer.
After getting the result, remove the test strip from the meter and the meter will turn off.
One also needs to remove the used lancet. For this, snap off the lancing device cap and remove it. Before removing the lancet, cover the exposed lancet tip and place the lancet protective cover on a hard surface. Push the lancet tip into the cover. Remove the lancet and place it in a container used for sharp objects. Replace the cap.
After each use, it is important to discard and dispose of the used lancet and test strip carefully. This will avoid any unintended lancet stick injuries. Used lancets and test strips may be considered biohazardous waste. Make sure you follow your local rules and regulations and your healthcare professional’s recommendations for proper disposal of the same.
There are established windows as to normal glucose levels for most people with diabetes. However, a person’s personalized target range may be slightly narrower and can differ depending on their age, activity level, gender, and type of diabetes. The established windows are:
The glucometer will indicate if the blood glucose level is too high or too low in the following ways.
A glucometer can be conveniently used on the go as well. However, one needs to make sure of the following:
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