Despite all the recent advances in diabetes technology, the most important tool in managing diabetes on a daily basis is still home glucose monitoring. At any time, you can check your blood glucose level and have the results in seconds. Monitoring can give you valuable information about how food, medication, activity and stress affect your blood sugar. Home glucose monitoring “puts you in the driver’s seat,” and with the right education, you can make many of your own management decisions based on patterns revealed from your results. Home glucose monitoring is an important tool that when used properly helps you and your doctor know how you are doing with blood glucose control. You should always test your blood glucose as directed by your physician to ensure that you are providing him/her with the valuable information needed to develop the treatment plan that’s right for you!
Some people have trouble getting a good drop of blood for testing. Here are a few tips that might help:
- Wash your hands in warm water before you prick your finger
- Dangle and shake your hands before you prick your finger
- Don’t just use one or two fingers all the time, rotate between them to reduce calluses
- Use the sides of your fingers, not the middle part
- Try using an adjustable depth lancet device
Home glucose monitoring may strain your budget, but it is important. EHCS participates with most commercial insurances and state Medicaids, which cover glucose monitors and test strips. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if your products are covered. In many states, it is the law that insurance carriers pay for diabetes supplies.