Glucose Meter Controls
Glucose Meter ControlsAccurate glucose readings are vital for people with diabetes, and a glucose control solution is an essential tool for ensuring that blood sugar readings are correct. Control solution for glucose monitors contains a specific amount of glucose. Therefore, if the meter is working properly, the reading when using the control solution will match the glucose level listed for that solution.
What Is Diabetes?Diabetes is a chronic medical condition in which a person has too much glucose (sugar) in their blood. Our bodies need glucose to burn for fuel, and blood sugar levels rise and fall depending on what we eat and how recently we’ve eaten it. When blood sugar gets too high, or when it stays above normal all the time, this can cause serious problems.
People with diabetes have to watch what they eat and usually take medication to make sure that their blood sugar stays within normal limits. To keep track of how high or low their blood sugar is, they use a glucose meter or monitor.
Testing Your Glucose LevelA glucose meter measures the amount of glucose in a drop of blood taken from your finger. To test blood glucose levels, you first insert a diabetes test strip into the glucose meter. You then prick your finger with a special device called a lancet and draw a drop of blood. Next, you transfer the blood drop to the edge of the test strip, and in a few seconds, the glucose monitor tells you how much glucose your blood contains at that time.
When Should You Use Control Solution?A control solution is a liquid containing a known amount of glucose used to calibrate your glucose meter. You add a control solution to a test strip and test it just as you would a drop of blood. If the reading matches the amount of glucose listed for the control solution, you know that your meter functions correctly and your readings are accurate. If it doesn’t, you can recalibrate your meter or replace it if it’s damaged.
Some healthcare professionals recommend using blood glucose meter control once per week. However, you may also want to test with a control solution if:
- You have a brand new meter.
- You’ve dropped your meter or may have otherwise damaged it
- Your test strips may have been damaged by humidity or temperature extremes
- You’ve started a new box of test strips
- Your glucose readings don’t match how you feel
Keeping Your Glucose Levels in CheckIf you have type 2 diabetes, there are a variety of things beyond medication that may help lower your blood sugar, starting with losing weight. If you are overweight, losing even a few pounds can positively impact your blood sugar.
Reducing stress can also have an effect. And, of course, modifying your diet can have profound results. Consult with a nutritionist or dietician to develop a meal plan to help with managing your diabetes.
Accurately tracking your glucose levels is an essential part of managing diabetes. SimplyMedical is there to support you and all your diabetic testing needs.