A home blood glucose test measures the amount of a type of sugar,
called glucose, in your blood.
have diabetes need to check the amount of glucose in their blood. A home blood
glucose test is an easy way to test your blood at home or when you are away
from home. The results help you know when to take action to keep your blood
glucose levels in a target range.
The supplies you will
need for testing blood glucose include:
A home blood glucose
test involves pricking your finger, palm, or forearm with a lancet to collect a
drop of blood. The blood drop is placed on a test strip, which you insert into
the blood glucose meter. The instructions for testing are slightly different
for each blood glucose meter model. Follow the instructions that came with your
Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) recommends that you stay within the
following blood glucose level ranges. But depending on your health, you and
your doctor may set a different range for you.
For most adults (non-pregnant):
For women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who become pregnant or have diabetes related to pregnancy (gestational diabetes):
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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