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The Importance of Regularly Testing Your Blood

If you’re diabetic, blood sugar testing is vital to your good health. In fact, self-testing is a valuable tool in managing your diabetes and avoiding complications down the road.

Blood sugar (or glucose) is the amount of sugar in your blood at any one time.[i] Keeping your blood sugar in the target range identified by your doctor will help to delay or even prevent complications from the disease in the future. Your target range will be based on your age, type of diabetes and overall health.[ii]

Why is Testing Important?

The best way to keep your glucose levels in check is by testing often. Monitoring your blood sugar levels on a regular basis arms you with the information you need to make decisions about your health.

By checking your blood sugar routinely, you’ll know when it’s too high or too low. Low blood sugar can result in:

  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Confusion

In extreme cases, it can lead to seizures and a comatose state. While high blood sugar isn’t as apt to have immediate effects, over time, it can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, vision problems and poor circulation.[iii]

Routine testing also enables you to see the lifestyle choices that work for your body and those that do not based on your glucose levels. You’ll get to know which foods you can eat and which to avoid and what form of exercise works best for you.

If you’re on medication, testing also allows your health care provider to see how effective your dosage is.[iv]

How Often and How to Test

If you have type 1 diabetes, you may need to test several times per day such as before and after meals and exercise. If you have type 2 diabetes, follow your doctor’s instructions on when and how often to test.[v]

To check your blood sugar at home, you will need a blood glucose meter, test strips and lancets. Once you have everything you need, testing is a fairly quick and easy process.

Steps to Checking Your Blood Sugar at Home

  1. Start by washing your hands well or using an alcohol wipe. This prevents infection at the finger-prick site.
  2. Once your hands are dry, you’re ready to begin. Simply insert a test strip into your meter and then prick the side of your fingertip with the lancet.
  3. Put the edge of the test strip on the drop of blood. Within a few seconds, the meter will display your blood sugar level.[vi]

Choosing the right lancet for testing is also very important. While any needle can draw blood, making the process as comfortable as possible is important.[vii]

The key is to look for lancets that optimize blood draw without being painful. Do an Internet search for ‘lancets that don’t hurt’ or speak to your doctor or pharmacist for a recommendation.

Now that you know the ins and outs of blood sugar testing, you’ll be well on your way to controlling your diabetes.

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[i] Managing Your Blood Sugar. Available: https://www.diabetes.ca/managing-my-diabetes/tools—resources/managing-your-blood-sugar. [Accessed: 2020-11-25].

[ii] Blood Glucose Monitoring. Available: https://www.healthline.com/health/blood-glucose-monitoring.  [Accessed: 2020-11-25].

[iii] Blood Glucose Monitoring. Available: https://www.healthline.com/health/blood-glucose-monitoring.  [Accessed: 2020-11-25].

[iv] Managing Your Blood Sugar. Available: https://www.diabetes.ca/managing-my-diabetes/tools—resources/managing-your-blood-sugar. [Accessed: 2020-11-25].

[v] Blood Glucose Monitoring. Available: https://www.healthline.com/health/blood-glucose-monitoring.  [Accessed: 2020-11-25].

[vi] Blood Glucose Monitoring. Available: https://www.healthline.com/health/blood-glucose-monitoring.  [Accessed: 2020-11-25].

[vii] Managing Your Blood Sugar. Available: https://www.diabetes.ca/managing-my-diabetes/tools—resources/managing-your-blood-sugar. [Accessed: 2020-11-25].

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