All of the meters Diathrive carries come with instructions on how to test your blood sugar. Each meter’s product detail webpage on our website contains a link to that meter’s instruction manual. The purpose of this article is to give you some tips on testing your blood sugar that you won’t read about in any of the instruction manuals.
Don’t Forget About Gravity
Your heart circulates your blood around your body, but gravity also affects blood flow. Remember how when someone does a head stand all the blood rushes to their head? The same is true of your fingers when you test your blood sugar. You will get more blood from your fingertip if you let your hand and arm hang down for a few minutes before and during your blood sugar testing procedure.
Change Your Lancet After Every Blood Sugar Test
Diathrive will send you as many lancets as you need to change your lancet every time you test. You can’t see it with the naked eye, but every time you test the lancet bends a little and gradually becomes a little fish hook. It will hurt more and may draw less blood.
Squeezing Your Finger
If you have to squeeze your finger to get blood to come out, it’s okay to do so. You may want to try adjusting the lancing device first. Most lancing devices have at least five settings. Usually the higher the setting number the deeper the needle will go when you fire the lancet.
Amount of Blood
Remember that most modern meters require much less blood than older meters. Most meters will beep when they have sufficient blood to perform the blood glucose test.
Holding The Test Strip
Until you hear that beep or otherwise know the meter has enough blood to test, hold the test strip so that it is just touching the edge of the drop of blood on your fingertip. Don’t dab the strip onto the blood or vice versa. All test strips have a wicking action that makes it look as though the test strip is sucking the blood up into the meter. The test strip needs time to do that. Most meters will beep at you or otherwise indicate in their display, for example by counting down to zero, that they are processing your blood sample.