Check with your health insurance plan to see if they will pay for these supplies.
Check with your health insurance plan to see if they will pay for your glucose meter. If so, your plan may only pay for a certain meter. If your insurance plan doesn't pay for glucose meters, ask your doctor which meters he / she recommends. Shop around and compare costs. Consider what features are important to you. For example, some meters are made for people who have poor eyesight. If you want to pay a little more money, you can get a meter that stores the results in its memory. This allows you to compare results from several days at one time. Other meters can be hooked up to your computer to analyze your results.
Follow your doctor's advice and the instructions that come with the glucose meter. Different glucose meters work differently, so be sure to check with your doctor for advice specifically for you.
|Category of a person||Fasting Value||Maximum Value||Value 2 hours after consuming glucose|
|Normal||Less than 120||Less than 160||Less than 120|
|120 to 140||160 to 180||120 to 140|
|More than 140||200 or more||More than 140|
* All values are in Milligrams
Try washing your hands in hot water to get the blood flowing
Then dangle your hand below your heart for a minute
Prick your finger quickly and then put your hand back down below your heart
Try slowly squeezing the finger from the base to the tip.
Write down the results in a record book. You can use a small notebook or ask your doctor for a blood testing record book. You may also want to keep track of what you have eaten, when you took medicine or insulin, and how active you have been during the day. This will help you see how these things affect your blood sugar. Talk with your doctor about what is a good range for your blood sugar level and what to do if your blood sugar is not within that range.
It is important to monitor your blood sugar on a regular basis. Ask your doctor how often you should check your blood sugar level and at what time of day. Many people start by checking their blood sugar 2 times a day: before breakfast and before supper. After a few weeks, some people are able to measure their blood sugar level only 2 or 3 times a week.