When you manage your diabetes at home, it leaves no chances for guessing in your regular care. As you know your blood sugar level as soon as you test, it makes for ease in monitoring. Just learn how to test your blood sugar at home and get started with home monitoring of your diabetes.
Get a standard blood sugar testing device and follow these steps to test your blood sugar:
Newer meters let you test from body sites other than the fingertip. These alternative testing sites can be forearm, upper arm, base of thumb and thigh. However, testing at these sites may give results different from the level of blood sugar measured at the fingertip. Blood sugar levels are more sensitive to change at the fingertips and can change quicker than the same at the alternative testing sites.
In 1998, a relatively pain-free laser to extract blood was approved by the USA's FDA (Food and Drug Administration). This laser device produces an exact beam of light to penetrate the skin on the finger rather than pricking it. This helps to reduce pain and provide comfort.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring System has also been developed. It uses a device tht has a plastic catheter (very small tube) of small size. It is inserted just beneath the skin. It collects small amounts of fluid and evaluates the sugar content over a period of 72 hours. In 2001, the FDA also approved a watch-like device for diabetes management. It helps people to measure their blood sugar by using electric currents.
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