Testing your blood glucose levels at home is important because it can provide you with useful information to:
Depending on the type of diabetes you have (type 1 or type 2 diabetes), and the type of medication you are taking, you may qualify for a subsidised blood glucose meter.
A blood glucose test meter is subsidised for people who are:
These criteria can change, so check with your diabetes nurse or doctor.
If you are unsure on how to use your blood glucose meter, there are various health professionals who can teach you, such as:
The pattern of testing depend on a number of factors:
Cleaning your hands well before testing is essential, as dirt, contaminants or chemicals on the fingers can affect the reading.
The preferred method to clean your hands is to wash with soap, ensuring you rinse well with water to remove all soap residue, and wipe them dry.
Every time you measure your blood glucose, record your blood results in a diabetes diary. Some blood glucose meters may record your blood glucose levels automatically.
You can also use your diabetes diary to record:
By keeping a record of your blood glucose levels in a diabetes diary, you and your doctor can find patterns or trends of your blood glucose levels.
You can also use your diary as a motivational tool, to help you achieve your exercise or food goals.
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