If you got the news recently that you have
diabetes, a lot of changes in your life are probably taking place, one of which
is getting use to diabetes
meters. Meters may at first seem
confusing or scary, but once you understand how they work, and see the positive
changes they can have on your life, you’ll be happy you have them.
There are a lot of choices to make when it
comes to picking out the right diabetes meters for you. A good place to start your search is online
so that you can easily compare many models and see what features are important
to you. Some features to look for
include the size of the meter, the testing time, and the amount of blood
required (don’t panic, most modern meters only need the tiniest dot). You can also look for advanced features such
as alternative testing locations and audible readouts for those with vision
Once you have your meter, there are just a
few simple steps. To start with, be sure
you wash your hands or use rubbing alcohol to disinfect the site you’ll be
using (usually your fingertips).
Depending on the model you have, you may need to load a lancet before
you begin, as well as have your test strip ready. Most people prefer to use the lancet to poke
the sides of their fingers, as this tends to be a less sensitive area than the
tips. Place the small bit of blood on
the test strip and insert into your meter.
Most diabetes meters today take a mere couple of seconds to give you
your results. You may wish to write down
your results so you can track your progress over time. You’re done!
That wasn’t so bad now, was it?
Using your meter to track your glucose levels can help keep you on track. You’ll learn what foods affect you
personally, and see how even a little walk can improve those levels, thanks to
online health resources. Diabetes meters are an important part of
staying healthy and happy while dealing with diabetes.