Best Blood Sugar Levels for Diabetics

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Generally, when taking a reading, you'll want to: 

  • wash your hands;
  • insert a test strip in your device;
  • use the lancing tool to prick the side of your finger;
  • hold the strip to a drop of blood; and
  • await the reading on the device's display. 

You can keep track of your results by visiting the ADA's website and using its online Diabetes 24/7 tool or by downloading its printable blood glucose log. If you're unsure of what kind of blood glucose meter to purchase, ask your physician for recommendations or peruse the ADA's 180 Tools for Living Well: The Diabetes Forecast Consumer Guide 2014. 

Tips When Reviewing Your Blood Sugar Levels 

Getting a poor blood sugar reading tends to spark anxiety, confusion and frustration in many people. Instead of letting the results emotionally affect you, try to use the results as key parts of the puzzle for improving your condition.