Blood Glucose Monitoring, Adult
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Monitoring your blood sugar (glucose) is an important part of managing your diabetes. Blood glucose monitoring involves checking your blood glucose as often as directed and keeping a log or record of your results over time.
Checking your blood glucose
Using alternative sites
Some meters allow you to use areas of your body other than your finger (alternative sites) to test your blood. The most common alternative sites are the forearm, the thigh, and the palm of your hand.
Alternative sites may not be as accurate as the fingers because blood flow is slower in those areas. This means that the result you get may be delayed, and it may be different from the result that you would get from your finger.
Blood glucose log
If you have type 1 diabetes:
If you have type 2 diabetes:
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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