Diabetes: 7 Mistakes To Avoid While Testing Blood Sugar Levels At Home

Diabetes: To avoid the complication of diabetes it is important to constantly check blood sugar levels. If you are a diabetic here are a few mistakes you should be avoiding while checking blood sugar levels at home.

Diabetes: 7 Mistakes To Avoid While Testing Blood Sugar Levels At Home

Diabetes: Healthy blood sugar levels helps prevent complications of diabetes

Highlights

  • Diabetics should check blood sugar levels regularly
  • Low-glycemic foods are beneficial for diabetics
  • A healthy diet and lifestyle can help control blood sugar levels

Diabetes is a chronic condition that requires constant management of blood sugar levels. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels start affecting different organs of the body negatively. If you are a diabetic, it is important to check blood sugar levels regularly. It helps you understand whether the diet and lifestyle you are following is helpful in controlling blood sugar levels or not. It also helps you avoid major fluctuations in blood sugar levels. These days blood sugar levels can be checked at home. A glucometer is commonly used to keep a constant check. But many often make several mistakes while measuring blood sugar levels at home. Dr. Girish Parmar, Senior Consultant, Endocrinology and Diabetes explains a few common mistakes you should be avoiding to achieve accurate results.

Mistakes to avoid while measuring blood sugar levels

1) Postprandial blood sugar

Postprandial blood glucose test measures blood glucose post-meal. While testing the two-hour postprandial sugar level, its ideal to start counting the time once you start eating your meal instead of upon completion of the meal.

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Take a note of the time when you are checking your blood sugars
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2) Prick timing

For a more accurate reading of your blood sugars, it's ideal to take the test at different times throughout the day as a lot of environmental and physiological factors do change according to the time.

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3) Prick finger

One of the most common mistakes is using the same finger for the blood sugar test every day, repeatedly. Doing so may cause pain or even a minor injury. Thus, it is best to keep rotating the finger from either hand for blood sugar level testing.

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4) One prick, one needle

It has been observed that many patients use the same needle for more than five to six pricks or  avoid changing it for longer durations. It can increase the chances of infection multi-fold. It is ideal to discard the needle after ever prick with proper safety measures.

5) Needle depth

The lancing devices, used for the test come with adjustable needle depths which can be changed as per the thickness of the skin on your fingers. Make sure the needle is set between 3-4 to ensure a proper prick.

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Choose appropriate depth of the needle while measuring blood sugars
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6) Sanitisation

Always sanitise the finger you are going to prick to ensure the area is clean and infection free. Most importantly don't hurry to prick once you have sanitised the finger with spirits. Wait for the spirit to evaporate from the skin surface before pricking.

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7) Variations between sugar levels

There is an acceptable variation between the readings of a glucometer and laboratory test of blood sugar levels. Hence even if after following all possible norms if there is a difference in the readings don't panic.

(Dr. Girish Parmar, Senior Consultant, Endocrinology and Diabetes, Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital)

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