How should I use a blood glucose monitor kit?

It is important to read the entire instructional document included with your glucose monitor kit before attempting a test. Your glucose monitor kit will most likely come with lancets and test strips. Before beginning, you should thoroughly wash your hands and clean the area where a blood sample will be taken. Any substance on the test area, including juice or food, can affect your results. You will then use a new lancet to prick your fingertip and cause a small drop of blood to surface. Some glucose monitor kits are designed to be used on other locations such as your forearm, upper arm, thumb, thigh, or calf. The drop of blood is then placed on a test strip and inserted into your glucose monitor device. These test strips are previously treated with a solution that reacts with the glucose in your blood. Glucose monitors then analyze this sample by either measuring the amount of electricity that travels through the strip or the amount of light that is reflected off the strip. A digital display will show your results measured in milligrams of glucose per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). Always manually record your results even if your monitor keeps a digital log. When finished, be sure to carefully dispose of your lancets and test strips so no one else comes into contact with them.

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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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