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Monitoring Diabetes

The best way to make sure you are managing your diabetes correctly is through regular monitoring of your blood glucose levels. How frequently you will need to test your blood sugar levels will be discussed between you and your doctor or nurse. You can use a blood glucose meter to accurately check your blood glucose levels at home. You will be shown how the device works by a healthcare professional, but don’t be afraid to ask them any questions. Monitoring diabetes takes some effort but is well worth your time to help you maintain optimal blood sugar levels and prevent you from developing complications such as hyperglycaemia or hypoglycaemia.

People with diabetes who take insulin to manage their condition may need to test their blood sugar levels several times per day, depending on the amount and type of insulin used. It is usually recommended to test your blood before meals and before going to bed at night if you are taking multiple insulin injections.

Allowing your blood glucose levels to fall out of a healthy range can lead to short-term health issues that can easily be avoided by regular diabetes monitoring. Tools for testing diabetes have come a long way over the years and have been made much more straightforward and effective than just a few short years ago.

Check with your nurse what a safe blood sugar range is for you. The safe range will be worked out for you based on:

● A presence of, or potential for, diabetes complications

● How long you have had diabetes

● The type and severity of diabetes

● Your age

● Your general health and any other medical conditions you carry

● Stage of pregnancy for women where applicable

Taking a blood sample for diabetes monitoring at home is easy when you use one of the blood lancet device products available from the Medical Shop. Our safety lancet range can be used by people who are needle-phobic, for those with poor grip strength or finger dexterity that makes using a standard lancet difficult. They can also be used were a carer is taking a blood sample from a person who is unable to do so themselves.

Products:

Autolet impression

  • Unilet Eco
  • ComforTouch

Unistik Safety Lancets

  • Touch
  • Unistik 3

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