What Does A Blood Glucose Meter Do?

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How To Test Blood Sugar | Accu-chek

The steps are similar for many meters, and generally look like this: Wash and dry your handsusing warm water may help the blood flow.1 Turn on the meter and prepare a test strip as outlined in your owner's booklet. Many Accu-Chek meters turn on automatically when a strip is inserted. Choose your spotdon't check from the same finger all the time. Using the side of the fingertip may be less painful than the pads.1 Prepare the lancing device according to the user guide provided, then lance your fingertip or other approved site to get a drop of blood.2 Touch and hold the test strip opening to the drop until it has absorbed enough blood to begin the test. View your test result and take the proper steps if your blood sugar is high or low, based on your healthcare professionals' recommendations. Record the results in a logbook, hold them in the meter's memory or download to an app or computer so you can review and analyze them later. For meter-specific instructions on how to test your blood sugar levels, visit the Accu-Chek Support page for your meter. 1Joslin Diabetes Center. Tips for more pain-free blood glucose monitoring. Available at: . Accessed March 11, 2016. 2Talk with your healt Continue reading >>

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  1. valrae16152

    Levothyroxine and Glipizide for Type 2 Diabetes

    I'm 69 and on 50mcg thyroxine for hypo. Been taking thyroxine since Aug 2013. I would like to know if anyone could help me or has a similar situation as mine. In the beginning it took a while for thyroxine to bring my TSH down. it was 4.87 and finally on my test 6 months ago went down to 1.9. I have appt with GP next month on 11th. I cannot get my blood sugar down at all. in Feb A1C was 6.1. Then I started eating bad cause I was famished all the time and gained 12 lbs. Next A1C was 7.9. Yikes! I instantly started dieting, eating good, and no sugar goodies. I have lost 7 lbs now and still having trouble with my testing in the morning. It goes from 120's to 150's. Up and down. Before taking levothyroxine I never had problems with dieting and losing weight and getting my A1C down. I could do it within 3 months. My question: Has anyone with type 2 diabetes on medication have the thyroxine interfere with the effectiveness of your diabetic meds. I feel as if my glipizide is not working anymore and the thyroxine has been the problem. Anyone who can share if they ever experienced this problem. would like to know before I go to GP. Thanks

  2. ann69548

    Hello Valrae,I don't know answer to your question,only thing I would ask is do you take diabetic meds at same time as thyroxin? If so don't thyroxin should be taken on its own and other meds at least an hour later.

  3. valrae16152

    I do have to take glipizide 30 min before breakfast and another glipizide 30 minutes before dinner. I've been taking the morning glipizide 30 minutes after thyroxine. The pharmacist recommended this. All the time frames of these meds are really putting me in a spot where I can't hardly get out of my house in the morning for anything early. That's why I'm going to talk to my GP about changing my thyroxine to nightime. Thanks for that info.

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What Are Satisfactory Blood Glucose Meter Readings?

As of 2007, 7.8 percent of the U.S. population has diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. Although this condition can lead to life-threatening complications if not controlled, monitoring your blood sugar with a blood glucose meter can help you maintain healthy glucose levels and avoid complications. If you have diabetes, consult a health care provider about the glucose meter readings that are ideal for you. Video of the Day If you don't have diabetes, your blood glucose meter readings should be between 70 to 100 mg/dL at all times. Your fasting blood glucose, measured after 8 hours without food, should be less than 100 mg/dL. A glucose level below 70 indicates hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar. If your fasting blood glucose level is between 100 to 125 mg/dL, you may have impaired fasting glucose, also called prediabetes. Levels above 126 mg/dL indicate diabetes. Those with diabetes should aim for a fasting blood glucose level of between 70 to 130 mg/dL and less than 180 mg/dL after a meal, advise experts from the American Diabetes Association. The above ranges refer to readings on plasma calibrated meters. Infants and Children Normal, non-diabetic fasting blood gl Continue reading >>

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    I am a (constantly hungry) pregnant type 1 lady who needs advice. If you feel peckish between your meals, do you snack? If so on what? I had a dietician tell me that a snack up to 15g of carbs is ok? do you agree? If so things like milky ways are ok. I don't low carb so any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.

  2. mullaneder

    i like green apples,the sourer the better,and i find that if you are longing for somthing sweet that this can actually get rid of it.somtimes i will have a small amount of mixed nuts,i also like a couple of slices of wholegrain bread with some low fat cheese.to bulk it up i will put in some pom bear crisps,i dont know if they are available in the uk,i get them in tesco in ireland,they are shaped like teddy bears and i get a bit of banter off the lads in work but they are really nice and i havent come across anything that comes near them,i also like some wholegrain ryveta with low fat spreadable cheese .hope this helps

  3. willogs

    Do you take any insulin with these snacks?. I have to try and keep my my BS around 6 which difficult asI find a small snack raises them up to much. I have been honeymooning up till the pregnancy which is making it all the more difficult to understand how much insulin I need and when, as about 3 units of levimir and 4 units of novorapid spread across the day used to do me, I am now on 5 levimir and 30+ novorapid.

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Why Do You Need To Code Your Blood Glucose Meter?

You need to code (or calibrate) your blood glucose meter to obtain an accurate reading of your glycemia. It’s the only way you can be sure the results are reliable. Blood glucose meter coding When talking about diabetes, it is impossible not to mention the use of blood glucose meters. A blood glucose meter is a small electronic device that enables you to monitor your blood glucose levels (blood sugar levels) at home by placing a drop of blood on a reactive strip and then inserting the strip into the device. If you must monitor your blood sugar levels, it is crucial that you use a device that is suited to you and easy to understand. One of the features that must be considered is the coding method. What is coding? Coding and calibration are synonyms that refer to an electronic adjustment made to a blood glucose meter to take into account the variation in reactive strip lots. It is a step that must be performed prior to the test in order to obtain reliable results. Coding a blood glucose meter is like adjusting a bathroom scale: if the arrow is not at zero when you weigh yourself, the weight obtained will not be accurate. Similarly, if your blood glucose meter is not properly coded, Continue reading >>

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  1. bebe9803

    Pen needles for levemir/victoza etc... cheapest/best place to buy?

    I am just using 2 a day they last awhile but just wondering if there is anywhere to get them cheaper my pharmacy /insurance cost is about 33 for a box of 100. so every month and a half.
    I am using the bd pentapoint and they are nice and sharp...just between all the meds my cost per month is starting to rise....

  2. furball64801

    I have reused those pen needles several times, they stay sharp and I know they tell you to change them but oh well. Some needles I have used for many days and I have had 0 issues.

  3. bebe9803

    ok i may try using the same one for one day and see... my problem is i bend it when trying to put the cap back on... my pharmacist said the other needles arent as good.... he may just be trying to sell me the good ones... lol

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