A diagnosis of diabetes means that you’ll get a long list of items you’ll need to test to blood glucose levels. It’s imperative that you have the equipment you need to get the proper readings quickly and safely.
This kit contains 100 test strips and 100 lancets, a lancing device, solution, a logbook and reference guide to tell you everything you need to know about the testing process and how to do it. The Diabetic Testing Starter Kit by Bayer Contour contains all you need to get accurate results.
The items in the kit are good to last 18 to 28 months. Monitoring your blood glucose is the main way you can control your diabetes. Some who are diagnosed with diabetes won’t need to test the blood glucose levels, but if you’re trying to control your diet and take medications, your doctor may suggest that you test your levels periodically.
It’s recommended by medical professionals that you test your blood glucose levels if you’re taking medications such as insulin which might cause hypoglycemia. If you’re new to diabetic testing, there are a few things you should know about the process.
First, the method of testing your levels includes pricking your finger with a lancet (small needle) to get a drop of blood. You may experience a bit of pain when pricking your finger, but it’s well worth it to be able to control your condition.
You’ll apply the blood to a test strip on your blood glucose meter to get a reading. Blood glucose level testing helps you control diabetes in several ways. One way it helps is to help you find the correct dose for your particular condition.
It also helps you with diet control such as the choices you make and how much you eat. You’ll also be able to tell when certain high or low levels happen. When you have this knowledge about your condition you can reduce the risk of more complications.
Long-term glycemic control is also important in controlling diabetes. By monitoring your blood glucose levels you can reduce HbA1c, reduce symptoms and gain more confidence in managing your diabetic condition.
You should learn all you can about how to interpret your blood glucose results. You’ll need this information to possibly change medication or diet to improve the results. If you’re taking medications such as sulfonylureas (helps produce more insulin) you should be judicious about the testing process.
It varies as to how often you should test your blood glucose levels, depending on the type of diabetes you’re diagnosed with. If you have type 1 diabetes, the rule of thumb is that you test a minimum of four times per day – before every meal and before you go to bed.
Those with type 1 diabetes may want to test often – as much as ten times per day if you are participating in sports or driving for long periods of time. If you have another type of diabetes and are on hypo-causing meds, you should test your blood glucose at least one time per day. The Diabetic Testing Starter Kit will help you begin the process of testing your blood glucose levels and being more confident in interpreting the results.