In review, here’s what you need:
• Glucometer- One suggestion: OneTouch Ultra Mini
• Test strips
• Lancing device
• Control solution (optional)
Set Up Your Meter
If it’s your first time using your meter, you’ll need to set it up. This may include the following:
• Setting date and time
• Matching the test strip number to the meter’s settings (not necessary for all meters).
•Once you insert a test strip into the meter, simply make sure the number on the screen matches the number on the vial of strips. Use the meter’s buttons to adjust if necessary.
• Calibrating the meter using a test strip and control solution (again, not always
a required step)
Test Your Blood Sugar
The fun part!
Step 1. Wash your hands
Some doctors recommend using an alcohol swab, but it’s been shown that the alcohol on your fingertips can throw off the test results. Soap and water work perfectly fine.
Step 2: Insert a test strip
Put a test strip in your meter; one end of the test strip fits into a slot in the meter, and the other will have a narrow channel on it for the blood sample. After you’ve inserted it, watch the screen for the icon that signals it is ready for testing.
Step 3: Prick your finger
Most meters use a drop of blood from your fingertip, although some are approved for palm or forearm use. See the instructions included with your meter.
Put a new lancet in your lancing device and put the cap back on. If you have sensitive
fingertips, set the lancing depth to a low number (1-2). If you have callused fingertips, you will need to set the number a bit higher in order to get a drop of blood to appear.
Cock the lancing device and hold the cap of the lancing device against the side of your finger. Squeeze the trigger and the lancet will pierce your skin. If needed, squeeze your fingertip until a small drop of blood appears. You don’t need much, and it won’t hurt too much.
Step 4: Add your blood sample to the test strip
Holding the meter and strip at a right angle to you finger, gently hold the strip against the drop of blood. The blood should easily fill the length of the channel while your meter waits.
Most meters can sense when the strip makes contact with blood. If the blood doesn’t make it to the end of the channel for any reason, you will get an error message on the screen and will have to start over with a new test strip. It happens to all of us.
Step 5: Get results
Once the blood sample has filled the test strip channel, your meter will need a few seconds to process. Next, your blood glucose level will display on the screen. You did it!
Most new meters have a large memory and the ability to import the data into your computer using a USB cord. Feel free to go full biohacker and track your blood glucose highs and lows over weeks and months! Charts! Logs! I love it!
Step 6: Clean up.
Dispose of your used lancet and test strip in a biohazard container or a thick plastic jug with a lid, like an old juice container.
Ideally, you want your fasting blood sugar to be between 70-85 mg/dL (3.9-4.7 mmol/L). Also consider testing your post-prandial blood sugar two hours after a meal, which you want to be between 70-99 mg/dL (3.9-5.5 mmol/L).
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