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  • Your blood glucose target range

    Your blood glucose target range

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Testing your blood glucose level

As a person with diabetes, it is important to test your blood glucose regularly so you can prevent or delay the problems that come from having diabetes. Your health care provider can help you choose a meter that is best for you.

Be sure to wash and dry your hands thoroughly before testing your blood. The warm water from washing your hands will make it easier to draw blood.

When checking your blood glucose levels, there are several key points to remember. Check your levels at least 4 times throughout day. Check before, and half an hour after every meal. Prick the side of your finger instead on the finger pad.

It is recommended to keep a daily log of your blood glucose levels, recording the time you tested it and the result. Share this information with your health care provider so you can better manage you blood glucose levels.

After testing, if your blood glucose reading is below your target range you should eat or drink something sugary. Good choices are a small glass of juice or regular pop, 15 grams of glucose in the form of glucose tablets, or 6 life savers

Check your blood glucose levels 15 minutes later to ensure that you have met your target range. If you're still below, have another serving of something sugary. If you are unable to eat or drink, you may need a glucose injection.

If your blood glucose reading is consistently higher then your target range, it is important for you to speak with your doctor. Adjusting your diet and activity level, as well as taking your prescribed medication, can help.

Properly managing your blood glucose levels, including regular testing, daily activity and healthy eating can help reduce the risk of developing problems associated with diabetes.

Last modified: 2012-03-06