Experts believe that everyone with type 2 diabetes will benefit if they regularly check their blood sugar levels. According to the ADA, or American Diabetes Association, it is recommended that you check your blood glucose if you are diabetic and taking Insulin or pregnant, having severely low levels of blood glucose, or if you are having difficulty in controlling blood sugar levels. And though doing these routine checks can be cumbersome, they are what will allow you to continue to control your type 2 diabetes.
So how can you check your blood sugar levels? You will need a blood sugar meter or monitor and a testing strip. The first thing that you need to do is wash your hands. After that, you can put a testing strip into the meter. Next, you need to take the lancing device and use it on your finger to get the blood you need. You will then gently massage or squeeze that finger until you get the drop of blood necessary for your meter. Hold the test strip’s edge onto the blood drop, and wait until the result comes out. The meter will then display the level of your blood glucose. Keep in mind that different meters work differently, so make sure you are using yours properly.
There are additional tips that you can follow in order to check your blood sugar levels. With some of the meters, for example, you can lance your thigh, hand, or forearm to get the blood you need. If you struggle to do the lancing part, consider getting the spring loaded ones that do it for you. It is also smart to try to prick your fingertip on the side or near the top so you won’t get sore on the most frequently used area of the finger. The actual target levels for blood glucose levels vary based on things like your age and life expectancy, your comorbid conditions, the length of time you have had diabetes, and hypoglycemia unawareness.
So if you want to be able to keep your type 2 diabetes in control, and are taking Insulin pills, then you should check your blood sugar levels regularly. Plus, by keeping track of your results, your doctor will be able to more accurately help you when you need it. So, set a schedule, monitor your sugar levels regularly and chart your statistics.