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5 Essential Tools for Testing Glucose Levels at Home

Diabetes is caused by excess sugar (glucose) in the blood stream. Too much glucose in the blood stream can cause issues with circulation and clogging leading to serious complications. Therefore, it is vital that you know how much glucose is in the blood. Let’s take a look at the 5 essential tools for testing your glucose levels at home!

1. Blood Glucose Test StripstrueTrack_advancedFeatures_152x140

First and foremost, you need something that collects your blood sample. Blood glucose test strips do just     that! They are small strips of (usually) plastic that have a small opening at one end that lets your blood enter through. Depending on how often you test your glucose levels, the amount of test strips you use every day will vary. However, you do need one for every time you test. As you can tell, you will need a good amount of test strips, so it is wise to purchase them in bulk for a nice discount!

2. Blood Glucose Meterarkray meter

Now you’re going to need something to read that test strip. Blood glucose meters analyze the blood that is collected in the test strip. For the most part, blood glucose meters can only be used with a specific kind of test strip. For example, you cannot use a OneTouch Ultra test strip with an Arkray blood glucose meter. It is best to have a durable blood glucose meter because one will last you a long time.

3. Lancets and a Lancing Devicenbg_softclix-blue_l

You may be asking yourself, how do I draw blood? Well before you go puncturing yourself with pointy, household objects, try out some lancets. These are very small rods of steel that have a sharp end specifically designed for drawing blood. Lancing devices hold the lancet in place and are needed to painlessly retrieve a blood sample. Lancets can be reused, but the more you use it, the duller it will become.

4. Blood Glucose Testing Control Solution

Blood glucose testing control solution is usually given to you with your blood control solutionglucose meter. However, you may need to restock every once in a while. This solution is used to check if your blood glucose meter is giving you the correct readings. In order to use the solution, turn on your meter and insert a test strip. Now instead of piercing your skin and taking blood, just place the test strip in a small drop of the solution. The meter will then give you a reading, and you simply check if it is in the range given to you in the instruction manual. If it is, then your meter is working great! If not, you may need to get a new blood glucose meter.

5. Carrying Case

Although it doesn’t sound like much, all of these carrying caseitems will start to take up space. Also, some of these are very small and easy to misplace. It is important that you have some sort of case to carry all of your testing supplies in. It would be a shame to lose your test strips or blood glucose meter simply because you forgot where you put it!

Knowing the essentials tools for testing your blood glucose levels is not enough for controlling diabetes. Effective blood glucose testing is only one of the key elements of diabetes management. You will need to improve your diet, exercise, and lifestyle in order to gain full control of your diabetes.

By: DiabeticCare editorial team; Published: 1-16-2014, 3:00 PM

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