How to check your blood sugar
You can find out your blood sugar level in 5 easy steps.
Testing your blood sugar, or blood glucose, is an important part of diabetes management. Follow these general steps to see how.*
*All blood glucose meters are different. Consult your meter's manual for specific instructions.
Wash your hands and dry them thoroughly.
Insert a test strip into your meter in the correct direction.
Use a lancing device to prick the side of your fingertip to get a drop of blood.
Hold the edge of the test strip to the drop of blood, and wait for the result.
Log your result.
What to do with your numbers
Review your results regularly with your doctor to see if you need to adjust your management plan. Ask what your target ranges should be. The closer to normal your numbers, the lower your risk for complications.
Sources: American Diabetes Association; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
This information is provided for educational purposes only. Individuals should always consult with their healthcare providers regarding medical care or treatment, as recommendations, services or resources are not a substitute for the advice or recommendation of an individual's physician or healthcare provider. Services or treatment options may not be covered under an individual's particular health plan.