Sunday, August 20, 2017

Tips Making Blood Glucose Tests Easier To Control Blood Sugar levels

Blood glucose tests are well-known as blood sugar level test for people with diabetes. If your blood glucose test result says, "equal or higher of 200 mg/dL (11 mmol/L)" means you have diabetes. Regardless of whether you measure your blood sugar once a week, once a day or 6 times a day, you will likely be encouraged to do tests more often if you learn to do them easily and painlessly. 

Tips Making Blood Glucose Tests Easier To Control Blood Sugar levels
The information you collect while testing yourself is the key to controlling your health as a person with diabetes. Self-monitoring helps you make informed decisions about your medications, diet, and physical activity. It also supports you with the demands of everyday life with diabetes; You feel better every day, and you reduce your risk of developing complications. Here are some tips for getting the best results possible.

Guidelines for your test schedule

Standard times to do your blood glucose measurements include: 

  • Before lunch (on an empty stomach)
  • Before dinner and before supper
  • Two hours after a meal
  • Before bedtime
  • Before and after vigorous exercises
  • When you do not feel well.

Other circumstances warrant more frequent blood glucose measurements:

  • When changes occur to your routine because you are traveling
  • When you change medication, or the dose is adjusted
  • When you experience symptoms of hyper or hypoglycemia
  • When you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant
  • Before and after surgery
  • After a dental procedure
  • During an illness
  • In times of stress
  • In the premenstrual period.
  • The best test site

Wash and dry your hands before making a measurement on the side of the tip of your finger. Use all your fingers and both sides of each in alternation to not develop calluses, which would make it more difficult to get a blood sample. You can also take a test on another part of your bodies such as the forearm or palm if you and your healthcare professional understand that tests on alternative sites may be suitable for you.

Also read: 
Is it Possible to Prevent Diabetes? 
How To Live Healthy With Diabetes 

Fear of needles?

Do you feel anxious, nauseous or faint when you see a needle? You are not alone. Unfortunately, the stress that causes this phobia can harm your health and your fears can give you what appears to be a good reason to avoid routinely doing your blood glucose measurements or administering your treatments. Because you do not have the latitude to omit your medications, here are a few ways to become more comfortable with the needles.

  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist to teach you the quickest and least painful way to prick your finger.
  • Use a lancing device. Their needles are particularly thin and have a coating to facilitate penetration.
  • Use a new lancet for each test. The tip of a lancet may become dull or crooked if repeatedly used.
  • Insulin pump users should only change their infusion site every 2 to 3 days and may numb the site of stinging with ice.

If you have a phlebotomist take a blood test, tell him if in the past other technicians have had trouble finding a vein.

Take great care of your strips

Although most of the strips are easy to handle, you should still take some precautions to ensure that the results are as accurate as possible. Store them at room temperature (not too hot or too cold) and in their original container. The lid of the container must be replaced entirely, to prevent moisture from affecting it. They may also become obsolete. The bottle indicates their expiration date and the period during which they can be used once the container has been opened.

Determine what works and what does not. 

Compare the readings to those you made in the previous days and weeks. Make a note if you were sick, had been drinking, had to stress, had just completed your workout or any other situation that may affect your blood sugar. 

There are many simple diabetes management tools to help you understand your measurement results. Try the Before-After Tests tools by consulting with your physician. It can help you, and your healthcare professional recognizes trends in how stress, food or exercise affect your test results.


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