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A home blood sugar test measures the amount of sugar (glucose) in your blood, using a small device called a blood sugar meter. It's a quick way to test your blood sugar anywhere, at any time.
Testing your blood sugar helps you know if your levels are in your target range. It helps you know when to take action and may help you avoid blood sugar emergencies. Testing also helps you learn how things like exercise, stress, and what you eat can affect your blood sugar.
The supplies you will need for testing blood sugar include:
Checking your blood sugar 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 meter.
The blood glucose meter will show the results of the test in a minute or less.
Diabetes Canada 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.
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Adaptation Date: 2/28/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
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