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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
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Blood Sugar Monitoring (Overview)

Blood glucose monitoring refers to the ongoing measurement of blood sugar (glucose). Monitoring can be done at any time using a portable device called a glucometer.


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What is the best blood sugar monitoring meter?

What is the best blood sugar monitoring meter?

Simple or fancy?: Meters vary a lot. Small ones are easier to carry, but those with poor vision may want a larger one that is easier to read. Some are easier than others to set time & date. Some can analyze your readings in great detail. Other try to be as simple to use as possible. Your doctor may want you use one s/he can download at the office. Some have cheaper strips. What are your priorities? ...Read more

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Dr. Abraham Jaskiel
129 doctors shared insights

Blood Sugar Monitoring (Overview)

Blood glucose monitoring refers to the ongoing measurement of blood sugar (glucose). Monitoring can be done at any time using a portable device called a glucometer.


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Is there any blood sugar monitoring instrument for diabetic patients that can measure sugar without pain?

Is there any blood sugar monitoring instrument for diabetic patients that can measure sugar without pain?

Soon, not yet: However, todays method is much less painful if you use the side of your finger rather than the tip of the finger or if you use an alternative site (which can be done with certain monitors.) also, be sure to not have wet alcohol on the skin where you test, it will sting. ...Read more

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Managing Low Blood Sugar (Checklist)

Avoid skipping meals
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Eat protein-rich snacks every 2 hours
Daily
Keep fruit with you at all times if you feel hypoglycemic
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Are blood sugar monitor strips universally available?

Are blood sugar monitor strips universally available?

Yes, typically.: You should be able to find strips for your glucose monitor assuming that it is a current meter (still being manufactured). Most pharmacies carry a variety of strips; that includes the mail away ones. Getting the strips paid for, however, may not be as easy. There are formulary limitations on type of strips covered and how many are used on a daily basis. Check with your insurance company. ...Read more

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What is the best blood sugar monitoring meter?

Simple or fancy?: Meters vary a lot. Small ones are easier to carry, but those with poor vision may want a larger one that is easier to read. Some are easier than others to set time & date. Some can analyze your readings in great detail. Other try to be as simple to use as possible. Your doctor may want you use one s/he can download at the office. Some have cheaper strips. What are your priorities? ...Read more

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Taking Blood Thinners (Checklist)

Take appropriate dose of anticoagulation medication
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Follow up with your treating physician
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Painless blood sugar monitoring available yet?

Painless blood sugar monitoring available yet?

Soon, not yet: However, todays method is much less painful if you use the side of your finger rather than the tip of the finger or if you use an alternative site (which can be done with certain monitors.) also, be sure to not have wet alcohol on the skin where you test, it will sting. ...Read more

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What is a painless blood sugar monitoring method?

What is a painless blood sugar monitoring method?

Soon, not yet: However, todays method is much less painful if you use the side of your finger rather than the tip of the finger or if you use an alternative site (which can be done with certain monitors.) also, be sure to not have wet alcohol on the skin where you test, it will sting. ...Read more

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Managing High Blood Pressure (Checklist)

Monitor BP at home
Daily
Have a regular follow up and work with your doctor
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Take your meds as instructed without fail
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What are the best OTC blood sugar monitoring meter?

What are the best OTC blood sugar monitoring meter?

What you like: All the monitors are accurate. You need to got to a pharmacy that has a variety of brands and find with fits your lifestyle. You are more likely to use it if you are comfortable with it. ...Read more

Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more