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A home blood glucose test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood.
People who 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 meter.
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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Current as of: July 25, 2018
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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