Testing Your Blood Glucose

When testing your blood sugar levels at the doctor’s office they will draw the blood from a vein from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The doctor will clean the skin with antiseptic and will place a tourniquet on the upper portion of the arm before inserting the needle. The tourniquet help to keep the blood in the vein making it easier to get at.

They will gather the amount of blood they need before removing the needle and the tourniquet. The tourniquet is not used when gathering samples from younger children and infants.

Patients that have been diagnosed with type 1 diabetes need to measure their blood glucose levels at least once a day. The best time to test is in the morning before they have eaten breakfast. Most will also test at night before they go to bed.

Patients with type 2 diabetes that are being treated with insulin or a specific diet need to test their glucose levels once or twice a week. This is done before meals or around an hour and a half after a meal. At least once or twice a month they should perform the test before breakfast and another one before bed time.

If at any time you do not feel well or you have a feeling that your glucose levels are too high or low you should check them immediately. This could mean that you were not eating properly or exercising too much during the day. You may have to speak to your doctor if you think there is a problem.

Keeping an eye on your blood glucose levels is essential to making sure that you are following the proper guidelines. It also helps to prevent much more serious problems from affecting you. People with diabetes who do not take the proper steps can lose their eyesight, have a stroke, or even lose a limb.