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Helpful Tips For Blood Sugar Testing

Gina Flores
Caregiver Advocate | Shield HealthCare
07/25/11  8:42 PM PST

For every person with diabetes who is monitoring their blood sugar with a blood glucose meter, having a supply of test strips is critical.

  • Follow your doctor’s instructions to test your blood sugar.
  • Monitoring regularly is the only way to manage your blood sugar levels.
  • Managing your diabetes will help you feel better and lower the risk of serious complications, like kidney disease, blindness, and nerve damage.

 Important tips:

  • Track the date of when you opened your test strips by writing it on the container. Discard test strips after 90 days of opening the bottle.
  • Ensure hands and blood test site are washed and dried before testing, to avoid inaccurate results.
  • Store the test strips in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight.
  • Try to use a different site each time you test to prevent soreness and calluses. Choose a site on the side of a fingertip to minimize pain.

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