Chances are if you are a diabetic you will at some point be asked by your doctor to check your sugar levels. The most common way for this to happen is for you to have to use a blood glucose monitoring system. Once you learn how to use this system it will be a lot easier to be able to balance your glucose levels since you know exactly what they are. Usually you are given a box filled with everything you need to begin checking your sugar levels. There is a lot to learn in checking your sugar levels when using your blood glucose monitoring system.
You have probably gotten your blood glucose monitoring system from your doctor, pharmacy, or a diabetic company selling diabetic supplies. One of the first things you will probably notice is a meter. This meter is a bigger device than everything else in your blood glucose monitoring system. This meters your blood sugar results, and posts them on the meter machine after checking your blood.
There will usually be test strips in your blood glucose monitoring system. These are small strips that are inserted into your meter. Once inserted into the meter, you will follow other steps to get the reading off the blood that is put on the test strip. The test strip holds your blood so that the meter can read it accurately. The meter then gives you the results of your sugar levels.
Typically there will be a lancing device in your blood glucose monitoring system. This is a device that is just a little bit smaller than your meter. The lancing device is used to prick a tiny place on your body so that you can get a small supply of blood onto your test strip. Many people use their fingers to get their blood for their testing strip. It is important to set your lancing device to a level that is good for you. The level you set it at will determine how hard the needle will go into your body to help get the blood out.
Lancets are essentially the needles that you will have to put into your lancing device. They are usually long, thin pieces of plastic with a little circle on the top. The little circle is meant to be taken off by twisting it. The circle comes off after the lancet has already been placed into the lancing device. Then you pull back on the lancing device to get the lancet ready to use.
Your blood glucose monitoring system probably contains other things as well as the main kit to measure your glucose levels. Sometimes there is a pouch that will hold all your testing supplies like your meter, test strips, lancet device, and lancets so that you travel with the system. Normally you will get a blood glucose monitoring log so that you can write down your blood glucose test results down by date, time, and sugar levels. You will also probably get some information pamphlets on exactly how your particular blood glucose monitoring system works. Always read that before you try to check your blood glucose levels for the first time. It might seem confusing at first, but with a little practice you will probably become a professional at checking your sugar levels in no time at all.