Testing Blood Sugar (Glucose) Levels

Blood sugar (glucose) testing is done with a small portable device called a blood sugar monitor. Regular blood sugar testing helps you to identify if your blood sugar is at target. Testing can also help you understand how physical activity, diabetes medication or insulin, different foods or illnesses affect blood sugar levels. See your doctor and diabetes educator about how to keep your levels at target.

Blood sugar testing and medication or insulin measurements are tasks that involve several steps. Each step must be mastered to perform it successfully and to ensure accurate results.

The steps needed for performing blood sugar testing include: 

  1. assembling and using a lancing device.

  2. opening the strip bottle or foil.

  3. knowing if there’s one or if there are multiple strips in the hand.

  4. properly orienting and inserting the test strip.

  5. attaining and identifying a sufficient blood sample.

  6. determining the location of the blood sample on the finger.

  7. properly placing the blood sample on the test strip. 

Talking blood sugar monitors

photo of a talking sugar monitor Example of a talking blood sugar monitor kit (talking glucometer kit)

People with vision loss may learn how to use blood sugar monitors, which let people hear as well as see their sugar levels. Features of these devices may include digital functionality, voice prompting to change batteries, setting the time and inserting the test strip in the blood sugar monitoring process.

For more information on talking glucometers, visit the Canadian Diabetes Association's guide to diabetes products and medications.

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