How to use a glucose meter and tips

Knowing your blood glucose is important to keep track of your diabetes, learn how exercise and diet affect you, and detect low blood sugar. Measuring this data at home is interesting to later bring it to the attention of your doctor or to be able to follow the instructions that he gives you.

The glucose meter is very simple to use, but you have to do it well so that it gives us a faithful result and don’t waste lancets.

Learn how to use a glucose meter

The first step, whenever you are going to use any type of medical material, is wash your hands well with soap and water and then dry them properly. If the puncture is going to be given to you by someone else, they should also do this step.

Take a clean lancet and, without touching it too much, insert it into the meter. Also insert the test strip into the meter, making sure it is not expired. Put your finger under the lancet (needle) and press the button on the meter so that the needle sticks your finger. Do not worry. This point does not hurt as such, but you will notice a puncture and it can be a little unpleasant feeling, especially for what is coming now.

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Once you’ve pricked yourself press your finger until blood comes out. Touch it to the test strip and hold until the result is displayed. In just a few seconds you will see the information you want on the screen. Write down the measurement results.

We recommend you take your glucose meter or glucometer to the doctor so that you can ask any questions you have about it, even to show him how to use it and to advise you in case it is difficult for you to give the puncture or that the blood does not usually come out well.

What do I do if no blood comes out?

Normally, the needle included in home blood test kits is enough to release the drop needed to measure sugar. But it may be that sometimes it costs you work.

A good trick is put your hand in warm water before the extraction, lie down to avoid dizziness and massage the finger just before the puncture. If you see that one finger is impossible, try another. Take the sample with the arm pointing downwards (never upwards, since it also makes it difficult for the blood to come out).

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