Tips for testing and managing your diabetes:
- It is a good idea to record all your results in log book.
- Don’t worry if you have some readings out of range. Your treatment plan is working if at least half of your readings are in range.
- Always bring your log sheets or log book with you when you visit your physician.
To perform your blood glucose test:
- Wash hands with soap and warm water to clean and increase circulation in hands.
- Dry hands before testing.
- Shake hands down to get more blood in hands.
- Place lancet firmly against the side of your finger, being careful to not using the pad or fingertip.
- Massage or “milk” finger toward tip after you stick your finger for larger drop of blood.
- Alternate fingers and sides of fingers, using all ten including thumbs.
- Keep your test strips dry, covered, and in packing until you are ready to perform a test.
- Store equipment at room temperature, avoiding extreme temperatures and moist areas.
- Check supplies for the expiration date and do not use if they are expired.
- Dispose of lancets properly (ask your pharmacist).
- Do a control test on your monitor every time you open a new container of strips, drop the monitor, or if you get a strange reading that does not seem right to you.
- Check expiration of control solution. Control solution is generally only good for three months after you open it.
- Clean your monitor with a damp cloth and do not use alcohol.