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Blood Sugar Testing Mistakes to Avoid

July 09, 2018
Tips for Getting Proper and Accurate Readings

Nothing is more important for managing diabetes than testing your blood sugar. Regular testing allows you to see how food, exercise, and other things affect your blood sugar. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy and mistakes can skew the results. Avoid the following mistakes when testing.

Mistake #1: You brought the wrong glucose meter.

A blood sugar meter that doesn’t fit your daily life won’t be used as often as it should. A meter that is difficult to read or too large to carry can deter you from using it.

Mistake #2: You didn’t set the time and day on your meter.

It is hard to determine trends in your blood sugar if your meter isn’t working as it should. Be sure the day and time are correct.

Mistake #3: You don't record the results.

You can’t notice trends if you don’t log your results. Use either a small notebook or an app to do so.

Mistake #4: You test too soon after eating.

This can give you a reading that’s too high. The most accurate readings tend to be two hours after a meal. Check with your doctor about when and how often you should be testing your blood sugar.

Mistake #5: Testing isn’t a part of your daily routine.

Once you and your doctor determine a testing schedule, adopt it as a regular part of your daily routine by creating a cue that reminds you to do it. This cue can be as simple as an alarm on your phone or sitting down to eat.

Mistake #6: You don’t wash your hands before testing.

Before using your meter, wash your hands with soap and water and dry completely. You want to make sure there isn’t residual sugar on your hands, which could affect the reading.