Blood Glucose Monitoring is an important part of managing your diabetes. I thought I'd share some tips for improving the accuracy of a blood glucose tests results.
- Always wash hands in warm water, avoid using alcohol gels and wipes as they dry hands out and can interfere with the accuracy blood sugar results.
- Change the lancets/finger pricker needle at each test, to obtain a good blood drop and have less discomfort.
- Make sure the test strips have been stored correctly and are not out of date. Out of date strips will read inaccurately, I have found usually lower BSL.
- The timing of testing a blood sugar level is important too; it has to mean something. So if we are seeing what meal is causing your blood sugar to go high, you might test pre and 2 hours post a meal. Talk to the diabetes educator for further advice on when to test.
- Keep all your testing equipment free from temperature changes, dust and accessible in a case.