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Checking your blood
If you are a diabetic, you may have to check your own blood glucose on a
regular basis to help control your diabetes. It will tell you what your
blood glucose is at the time of the test. Keep a record of your results
and show it to your health care provider.
There are test strips and meters that are used to determine what a blood
glucose level is. Some meters and test strips report blood glucose results
as plasma glucose values which are ten to fifteen percent higher than
whole blood glucose values.
The best glucose result range for most people using whole blood is eighty
to one hundred and twenty before meals and one hundred to one hundred and
forty at bedtime. The target glucose range for most people using plasma is
ninety to one hundred and thirty before meals and one hundred ten to one
hundred and fifty at bedtime.
You need to have good communication with your health care provider about
the best ways that you can check your blood glucose. They will help you to
figure out a schedule and a good method of taking your blood levels. They
will give you the right instructions so that you are making sure that you
are in good health all the time.
Make sure that you know what your blood glucose levels should be all the
time. Know exactly what you should do if they are off and how you can take
care of the problem. Get the information that you need to know about where
to buy your test strips and other supplies that you are going to need for
your diabetes. Most insurance companies that people have will pay for the
cost. If you have diabetes, it is important to ask to make sure that you
have the proper medical coverage for diabetes.
If you are not sure how to test your blood glucose, you can ask for help.
The doctor will help you understand what you have to do in order to get a
good reading. If you are not able to do your own tests, you can ask a
family member to do it for you.