What are the best ways to upkeep, data collect and garner the most useable information from a glucose monitor?

  • Clean it up - Have you ever cleaned your glucometer? If not, it's bound to be pretty gross. Medicine Net recommends reading the care instructions to see what the preferred cleaning agent is. Be sure your hands are clean prior to testing, anything on your paws can affect accuracy.
  • Extra batteries - Store extra batteries in your glucometer case. They tend to use odd sizes and shapes that aren't typically found in your junk drawer. As luck would have it, the batteries tend to die at inopportune times.
  • Recycle the manual - Manuals are quick to litter desk drawers. Take a peek online and see if your manual can be found there—most are. Ditch the manual and tuck the quick reference guide inside the glucometers pocket.
  • Does anyone really use the control solution? - Yes, this is an important step to ensure the accuracy of your glucose meter. Read the recommendations for your meter in the manual. Ditch the paper and pen - Really, don't show up at your next appointment with a handwritten log; get with the times.
  • Take a quick look - Glucometers do the math for you. With a few presses of a button you can find your average glucose over the past week, month or 3 months; no need to connect it to a computer. Figure out how to use this easy tool, it'll help improve your diabetes management.
  • Plug it in - Dig out the cords it came with and plug it in to your computer; amazing charts and graphs will be available for you to print out and take to your next appointment
  • Apps - There are popular apps to use that streamline your diabetes data. Diabetes Forecast has some recommendations; check out Diabetes Pal or Glucose Buddy.

To learn more on this topic:
Glucose Monitoring—Tip 3: When’s Best to Test?
Technology to Help Diabetes Control: Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM)
Understanding Your Blood Glucose Readings