Why and how should I measure my blood glucose level? Do I really need to check it so often? What is the big deal about my fasting blood glucose range?
The best thing you can do to feel good is to check your blood glucose level regularly. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll be working to prevent long-term diabetes complications. You’ll maintain a higher level of energy throughout the day, which will allow you to do the same types of things that most people without diabetes person can do.
You’ve got to get a blood glucose meter, if you haven’t yet. It’s a necessity for you, now that you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Get one right away. Now. It doesn’t matter what kind of meter you get. What matters is that you use it.
Once you’ve begun to use your blood glucose meter, it’s important, like with anything else, to find which model works best for you. Chances are, your meter brand might be limited by your health insurance, but amongst the options you have, find which one you like the best. Find what type of blood glucose meter makes you feel the most comfortable and is the easiest for you to use.
Your fasting blood glucose range
Here are a few tips on how to check your blood glucose levels.
1. Clean your meter. For one, it’s important for your health that you clean your meter thoroughly before you use it for the first time and then to continue to clean it before using it.
*Remember especially to clean the finger-pricker, more formally called the lancet area.
2. Know that the pain and discomfort will begin to fade. Testing your blood glucose levels does require that you puncture your skin for a blood sample. I’m not going to lie to you—it hurts a little. After a few days, though, the minor annoyance of finger pain becomes less of an issue for you.
3. Most important of all, check your blood glucose levels frequently. It is of the utmost importance that you pay attention to your body and how it’s dealing with the diabetes.
Usually, it’s easy to get a drop of blood for your glucose test, but here are a few tips just in case you have any trouble with the process:
1. Make sure your hands are clean and dry.
2. Warm up your hands.
3. If your hands are still not warm enough, increase your circulation with some exercise or a hot bath.
Once you’ve pricked a finger, you’ll need to wait 4 to 5 seconds while holding your hand well below your heart. Hopefully, these little pointers will help you get used to taking your regular blood glucose tests. Remember, remember: test often!
The first 2-3 months after you’ve been diagnosed mark the most important period of time for you to pay attention to how your body and blood sugar react to certain foods, movement, and stressors. Keep notes on when you test your fasting blood glucose range, how often you test, and how your body responds under different circumstances.
You’re a unique individual, so your body will handle everything in a specific and special way. So, when should you test?
Testing your blood glucose levels a few times each day is the best way to learn how to control your diabetes and stay in your fasting blood glucose range… because you are unique!
*** Thanks to Gretchen Becker, a very talented author and thriving person with type 2 diabetes who wrote the book, The First Year: Type 2 Diabetes: An Essential Guide… I pulled some inspiration from her book as I wrote this post.
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