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 (formerly the Canadian Diabetes Association) 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: March 13, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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