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How to Test Yourself for Diabetes

Diabetes is a disease that’s unfortunately becoming more and more prevalent these days.  It’s a manageable condition that many people deal with, and they often go on to lead long fulfilling lives. However, one of the things that diabetes demands is regular testing, which is often carried out by individuals.  For those that might not be familiar with the procedure, this handy little guide will hopefully provide the required insight.

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For starters, you’re going to want to refrain from eating anything for at least 8 hours.  Since you’re testing your blood you want to ensure that you’re getting an accurate reading, after all.  For most people, the best method is to simply eat an early dinner (several hours before bedtime) and then perform the test first thing in the morning.

Before you actually start performing the test you’re going to want to take the same precautions that medical professionals take when drawing blood concerning cleanliness and risk of infection.  In other words, wash your hands thoroughly. Additionally, by keeping your hands under hot water you are also increasing blood flow to your arms, which means that actually taking the sample should be easier and faster.

Now, prepare your materials by laying them out on a clean surface, preferably something like a towel.  Next, pull a latex glove over the hand that’s going to be lancing your finger.  Most people these days use a glucose measuring card (or perhaps an automatic device) which requires you to drop blood onto it for later comparison.  If you are using a card, lay it out at this time as well.

At this point you’re going to want to pick a finger on your gloveless hand to use for the blood test.  Obviously, it’s better to choose a finger that you won’t be using as much; in other words, perhaps avoid your thumb and index finger entirely. Once you know which finger you’re going to lance, puncture the tip of it and then gently squeeze it until you see a fairly large droplet of blood pooling up.  Finally, apply the blood to your testing card and wait (for the allotted time indicated on the card to pass).

Once you’ve given the test card enough time to work its magic, remove any necessary tabs and compare it with anything on the card itself or perhaps a comparison card which might have also been included.

Note* – newer, electronic testing devices are now available which are said to be much easier to use and perhaps even more accurate.  If frequent testing bothers you, consider looking into purchasing one of these handy devices:

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