What should I avoid while using a blood glucose monitor kit?

Avoid using your glucose monitor kit to test on an area of your skin that is not clean. Any food or juice on the test area of skin will affect your results. Always thoroughly wash your hands and the test site before each test. You should also avoid reusing lancets. You put yourself at risk of an infection if you use the same lancet more than once. Be sure to properly dispose of your lancets so no one else comes into contact with them.

Some substances may interact with your glucose testing, but do not need to be avoided. Both vitamin C and uric acid can cause your blood sugar readings to be incorrect.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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