Glucose Monitoring at Home
Diabetes is growing as an epidemic in India. More than 62 million diabetic individuals are currently being diagnosed for the condition. This puts India on a global map for diabetes. Glucometers assist people in monitoring their blood sugars closely. Many people are afraid of checking their blood sugars so they choose to keep themselves away from this device. It could be fear of high blood sugar or inability to check sugars appropriately and many more contributing reasons.
We teach safety measures to follow while monitoring your glucose.
Some of the most common safety measures are pinned down below:
- Forgetting to wash your hands prior to checking sugars. Imagine you had an orange, may be just ate a small slice and forgot to wash your hands. Your blood sugars will be rocket high! Therefore, wash your hands.
- If you use 2-3 different glucometers you will get varied readings. This could be due to the calibration issues. Therefore, use only one glucometer. Glucometers are also sensitive to altitudes and temperatures. Watch for that.
- Apply correct amount of blood on your test strips.
- Change your needles of your lancet, once every 2 days. Your shape of your needle change after a single prick, if you repeatedly use the same needle you will scar your tissue and it hurts too.
- Check the expiry dates of test strips.
- Close the lid of your test strips tightly.
Above are just a few examples which will assist you in getting close to your accurate reading.