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How To Safely & Accurately Do Blood Sugar Levels

How To Safely & Accurately Do Blood Sugar Levels

How To Take Your Blood Sugar Levels

1. Why does my doctor check my blood sugar level?

2. What is so important about measuring my blood sugar?

3. Who can help manage my blood sugar?

4. How To Take Your Blood Sugar Levels (Video)

5. How To Calibrate Your Blood Sugar Machine (Video)

6. Troubleshoot Testing Your Blood Sugar Levels (Video)

7. Blood Sugar Levels Resources

Why does my doctor check my blood sugar level?

It’s a very common question people ask everyday.  Your doctor has many good reasons to know your blood sugar at any point in time.  Firstly, it’s the measurement of glucose in your bloodstream.  Glucose is the energy source for the body and needs to be tightly controlled.  Usually the body has a fantastic system for ensuring your blood sugar remains in normal range.  Remarkable how it all works.  Your doctor or healthcare professional measures  in either mg/dl or mmol/l, depending on the preference of the pathology department.  So to put the size into perspective, the blood sugar machine measures glucose levels 1/3000th of the size of a grain of sugar.  The sample is taken with a tiny drop of blood to calculate your entire body’s glucose level.  So the numbers are very small and thats why you need to accurately measure your blood sugar level as demonstrated in our video on “How to take a blood sugar”.

What is so important about measuring my blood sugar level?

The glucose in your blood has vital importance in keeping all your body functions working properly.  Regulation and function of most body systems depends on the supply of glucose.  What happens when the blood sugar system goes out of control example with diabetes?  Glucose either drops very low causing drowsiness, irritability, confusion and in very extreme cases, unconsciousness and death.  On the other side, high glucose levels depending how high, cause your blood to become thick like honey.

Image what honey flowing through your blood vessels can do?

Blood vessels under the extra strain eventually give up by causing problems from kidney failure, heart attacks, eye problems, strokes, nerve damage , skin problems and many more.

Who can help manage my blood sugar?

Correct regulation of your blood sugar level should be done in consultation with a doctor and/or healthcare professional.  Why?

It would be easy to put a chart of correct blood sugar ranges and say you must be in a certain range.  That would be actually wrong.  Every person is unique and situation is different.  Saying you must be in a certain group can be harmful if not guided by professionals that know how to manage blood sugar levels.  They will help you with everything from time to take a test to how many time a day to test and what symptoms affect you. You should understand your body and be aware of warning signs for extreme fluctuations in your glucose levels.

How To Take Your Blood Sugar Levels

There are three essential skills to good management of your diabetes mellitus.  These little tasks go hand in hand.  Firstly, and the most important, is how to take a blood sugar level.  I step through the process in this video

 

How To Calibrate Your Blood Sugar Machine

Also, it is essential to know how to calibrate your glucometer to ensure that you are getting accurate blood sugar levels every single time.  You are making decision about how best to manage your diet or how much insulin to give, so you need to make sure that you are basing this assessment on a sound reading.  The only way to know that is to regularly calibrate your glucometer every time you start a new batch of testing strips.  In this Nurse on the Go Video, I go through the step-by-step process on how to do that.

Troubleshoot Testing Your Blood Sugar Levels

Finally, taking blood sugar levels seems like an easy process, but sometimes things don’t always go as planned and so it is essential to have an understanding of how to get yourself out of trouble.  I discuss the most common problems that occur when regularly testing and how to navigate them

 

Blood Sugar Levels Resources

We’ve made a couple of documents that will help you keep track of where you are at with your blood sugar levels.  It’s a simple chart similar to what nurses use every day when diabetics are in hospital and we are responsible for monitoring their blood sugar levels.  There are two formats: one excel spread sheet that you can download and save onto your computer.

This will allow you to keep electronic records and always have them on your computer for whenever needed.   It’s not a bad idea to keep these for the longer term.  It may come in handy to take a retrospective one day at what your historical blood sugar levels have been.

Blood Sugar Chart – Spreadsheet

The other is a PDF that you can print out and write on, if you’re more of a pen and paper type of person.

Blood Sugar Chart – PDF (Printable)

 

Download the chart below to map out and monitor your blood sugar.  Irrespective of which type of form works best for you, the purpose of the form is to take your blood sugar levels as per the video tutorial and write down the result.  The trends that develop over time with this chart will help form part of your management plan.   The colour grading will indicate the ranges for blood sugar levels.

The better you manage your health , the better your health will be.

Best of luck.

Phill (Here to help you care).

 

Please leave a comment below of your experience.

 

 

Phill Tsingos is a Director of inightingale. Qualified Registered nurse. He has been a nurse his entire adult life (Circa: 1993). He thrives on the daily challenges of working in an emergency department (Clinical teacher). Phill’s mission is everyone should have the best quality of life possible. He has made caring for people a life long devotion (perhaps even an obsession). Seeing many people suffer as a result of inadequate care at home. Phill wanted to be the prevention not the cure. That is how iNightingale was born. Phill loves questions or comments or general chin wag at phill@inightingale.net Google

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