Keep Supplies Handy
Individuals need to keep their glucose meter and monitoring supplies with them wherever they go. Whether they are out with friends, at home, or in the office, patients should be able to test their blood glucose. Even if individuals do not expect that they will need to check their levels, it is still essential to have the supplies with them. Sometimes unexpected situations can come up. In addition, individuals may need to check if they are experiencing symptoms of high or low blood glucose.
There are several tools that patients will need to keep track of their blood glucose. One is the glucose meter itself, which measures the amount of sugar in the blood. Individuals will also need test strips. These allow the meter to read the patient's blood glucose levels. Lancets are needles patients use to prick their finger to take a drop of blood from it. Individuals should take measures to prevent potential infections as well. For instance, patients must ensure that they do not share their supplies with anyone else and always dispose of used supplies rather than reusing them.