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How To Monitor Your Blood Sugar

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Updated June 10, 2012

If your doctor suggests that you begin monitoring your blood sugar levels, it is very important to do so regularly and consistently. Because of the link between PCOS, insulin resistance and diabetes, early monitoring and intervention are key to preventing the complications associated with diabetes. Equally important is the maintenance of a nutritious, low sugar diet and regular exercise program. Of course, the following are only general guidelines, so please be sure to defer to the instructions of your physician.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Wash your hands.
  2. Assemble your materials.
  3. Turn the meter on.
  4. Make sure that your meter has been set using the controls as indicated by the instructions. Place the test strip in the meter as directed.
  5. Swipe your finger tip with an alcohol pad. Allow to air dry.
  6. Using the lancet, quickly prick your finger tip to expose a drop of blood. Dispose of the lancet in a properly labeled sharps container.
  7. Place the drop of blood on the test strip and wait for the meter to read the blood.
  8. Once you have your results, dispose of the test strip and turn off the meter. Apply a bandaid as necessary.
  9. Record your result, along with date and time. Some meters may do this for you. Refer to the instructions to determine if yours does.
  10. Administer insulin if necessary according to the instructions of your doctor.

Tips:

  1. Make sure to alternate fingertips to prevent soreness.
  2. If the drop of blood is not sufficient, lower your finger and squeeze the finger (using the opposite hand) towards where you pricked it.
  3. Normal blood sugar levels should be between 60 and 150. If blood sugar is below 60, eat a candy, or drink a glass of orange juice promptly. If glucose level is high, administer insulin as ordered by your physician. If consistently high, please talk to your doctor about regulating your high blood sugar levels.
  4. You should measure your blood sugar level before every meal, and once before bed, or as otherwise directed by your physician.

What You Need

  • Glucometer (please also refer to the directions enclosed with your meter)
  • Lancet
  • Alcohol pad
  • Bandaid (if necessary)
  • Sharps container
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