Diabetes Tips: Getting Accurate Blood Glucose Readings

Getting accurate readings when monitoring your blood glucose levels is an important part of diabetes management. Test strips and other diabetic supplies can be expensive, and you will need to set aside time to monitor your blood glucose levels at several intervals throughout the day. There are some things you can do to ensure you get accurate blood glucose readings.

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, talk to your doctor about the best ways to monitor your blood glucose levels and get accurate blood glucose readings. Your doctor can guide you through the process and help you choose the best diabetic supplies for your needs.

Calibrating the Meter

You may need to calibrate your meter regularly to ensure that the meter is reading and displaying codes accurately. If the meter hasn’t been calibrated, you may get inaccurate readings and have to use up more test strips. Check the code in the meter against the printed number on your box of test strips to make sure they match.

Practicing Good Hygiene

Make sure you wash and dry your hands thoroughly before handling the test strips. Soap or moisture left on your test strips can lead to inaccurate readings and interfere with the blood glucose reading process. Wash your hands with soap thoroughly and pat dry with a paper towel to increase your chances of an accurate reading.

Blood Sample

Make sure your blood sample is large enough to get an accurate reading. If you aren’t drawing enough blood, the meter won’t be able to analyze the sample properly and you will probably get an error message.  Make sure you are using the right technique to draw enough blood onto the test strip and you should get a more accurate blood glucose reading.

Storage of Supplies

Make sure that your strips are stored safely in a container at room temperature, and are not subject to humidity, extreme cold, steam or moisture. Keep the strips in a cool, dark cabinet away from the kitchen or bathroom. Make sure your meter is stored safely in its box when it’s not in use. Making sure your diabetic supplies are stored properly and clean will increase the chances of accurate blood glucose readings.

Lancing Techniques

If you can’t seem to drawn enough blood from your fingertips, try alternative test sites such as the forearm or the palm of your hand. You will need to hold the lancet at a certain angle and apply and release pressure in the area to release enough blood. Practice different lancing techniques so that you can draw blood quickly, painlessly and efficiently whenever it’s time for your blood glucose reading.

Talk to your doctor about the best method for getting accurate blood glucose readings. If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor can show you exactly how to use the test strips and make sure you get the most accurate blood glucose readings.