Glucose monitor

pthss
By pthss Latest Reply 2009-09-01 21:03:36 -0500
Started 2009-08-29 14:37:00 -0500

How do they work? Is it on your body at times?


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PAT L
PAT L 2009-08-29 21:12:46 -0500 Report

read YOUR INSTUCTION ON THE METER AN THEN MAKE YOURSELF A CHART WITH 6 COLUMS 1 THE DATE-2 MORNING-3 LUNCH-4 DINNER-5 BEDTIME-6 BLOOD PRESSURE. KEEP A RECORD AN WHEN YOU GO TO THE DOC TAKE IT WITH YOU SO HE CAN SEE HOW YOU ARE DOING. YOUR NUMBERS SHOULD STAY BETWEEN 80 AN 160, THIS WILL TELL THE DOC WHAT HE NEEDS TO TELL YOU OR DO TO KEEP YOUR BS IN CONTROL. THIS IS WHAT THE VA GIVE ITS PEOPLE AN IT WORKS…

Vicrgreen
Vicrgreen 2009-08-30 20:10:07 -0500 Report

Most meters come with something similar. Although they are not all the same the amount of info is, with the exception of the blood pressure reading. That I haven't seen on any of the log books I've had.

kdroberts
kdroberts 2009-08-29 19:52:03 -0500 Report

Are you thinking about a continuous glucose monitor? If so, yes, they are on your body all the time. Depending on the brand there is a sensor that is stuck to your body and a probe is inserted into you that (kind of) reads your blood sugar. They don't actually read blood sugar which is why they are not that accurate yet and you have to calibrate them with regular blood sugar testing, they read other stuff and convert it.

hbkunkel
hbkunkel 2009-08-29 16:01:54 -0500 Report

What a good explanation! When I was first diagnosed I would check it first thing in the AM and before dinner one day, then the next day I would do it before lunch and before bed. There are many things besides carbs which will affect your numbers - STRESS, being ill,and things like that. A diabetic educator would be very helpful and they will even give you a monitor then you have to buy the lancets on your own but your dr. should write you a script for the strips. I usually keep mine next to my bed because it is a central location for me and I am more likely to remember to test as soon as I get up. Good luck.
Betsie

Spottsmom
Spottsmom 2009-08-29 15:10:25 -0500 Report

I glucose monitor is a small monitor that you place a test strip into Than you take a Lancet which is a small needle and stick your finger to get some blood You lay the test strip into the blood and it gathers in the little area and the meter will tell you what your Glucose is.
They usually have a small case to carry your things with you when out.

Most diabetics take their Glucose test first thing in morning when they get up before eating and two hours after eating.

In the start i also took it a lot before eating and than 2 hours after to learn what foods i could eat without spiking my sugar and what foods i could eat that were not spiking it.

I use Accuchek Aviva monitor The lancet is easy to use and it only takes a small amount of blood to get it to test. I used a One touch for a bit but I wasted a lot of strips because I did not have enough blood.

They do have monitors that can connect to the body along with Insulin Pumps i believe.

Hope this helps
April

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