- Feb 11, 2018
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How To Use a Glucometer.
What is energy without blood sugar? Blood sugar is the glucose that is contained in the circulating blood. Glucose is mainly gotten from carbohydrates, the energy giving food.
The normal blood glucose is within the range of 70-140mg/dl.
The blood sugar level is usually regulated by two hormones- insulin and glucagon. These hormones are produced by the pancreas in the body.
Insulin is released into the bloodstream when the blood glucose level is elevated while glucagon is the opposite. Hypoglycaemia and diabetes mellitus are the two major conditions that affect the blood glucose level.
For someone who does not have diabetes, the Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) should be between 70–99 mg/dl. Random Blood Sugar (RBS) should be less than 140 mg/dl.
Glucometer is the portable medical device that is used to check the blood sugar level. It is a vital tool for monitoring blood glucose by patients at the comfort of their homes. A small drop of blood, obtained by pricking the skin with a lancet , is placed on a disposable test strip that the meter reads and uses to calculate the blood glucose level, displaying in mg/dl or mmol/L.
In Nigeria, the price ranges from #11,000 - #16,000. Accu-Chek is a trusted brand.You can purchase a glucometer in pharmacies, medical equipments stores, online stores like Jumia.
HOW TO USE THE GLUCOMETER.
As stipulated by Accu-Chek, below is a guideline on how to make use of the glucometer to check your blood glucose level.
1. Wash and dry your hands—using warm water may help the blood flow.
2. Turn on the meter and prepare a test strip as outlined in your owner's booklet. Many Accu-Chek meters turn on automatically when a strip is inserted.
3. Choose your spot—don't check from the same finger all the time. Using the side of the fingertip may be less painful than the pads.
4. Prepare the lancing device according to the user guide provided, then lance your fingertip or other approved site to get a drop of blood.
5. Touch and hold the test strip opening to the drop until it has absorbed enough blood to begin the test.
6. View your test result and take the proper steps if your blood sugar is high or low, based on your healthcare professionals' recommendations.
7. Discard the used lancet properly.
8. Record the results in a logbook, hold them in the meter's memory or download to an app or computer so you can review and analyze them later.
Glucometre is a reliable that is noted for its accuracy. You don't necessarily have to be diabetic ir hypoglycaemic before you possess this amazing device. Constant monitoring helps you to prevent complicating conditions at all cost.