Things you Should Know When Testing your Blood Glucose – Part 1

Things you Should Know When Testing your Blood Glucose – Part 1

February 29, 2020 2 By Jose Scott


Blood Sugar Magic – Lifestyle program for people with high blood sugar. This is part 1 in ou series on things
you should know when testing your blood glucose. We hope you find this series informative and useful. The information provided is intended for Australian audiences only and is general in nature. It does not
replace advice given to you by your healthcare professional. Please read this disclaimer and the following terms and conditions carefully before proceeding. Hi, I’m Peter Lwin. Welcome to Blood Sugar Magic In today’s episode, I’ll provide some advice on how to make lancing easier and less painful. Avoid using alcohol regularly to clean your hands before testing. Over time,
alcohol can dry and thicken your skin making lancing more painful and
difficult. Instead wash your hands with warm water and soap before each test. Moisturize your hands regularly. This will soften the skin, making lancing
easier. Wash your hands with warm water. The warm water will increase the blood flow to the fingers, so the more blood flow to the fingers, the less deeply you have to
penetrate with your lancing device and the less pain. Before each test, try to maximise the blood flow to the fingers. You can do this by having your hands
by your side for about a minute before you intend to test or massage gently from your palm to your fingertips before each test. Choose the lowest setting on your lancing device to get enough blood for your test strips. The deeper you lance, the more nerves you’ll hit, the more painful the experience. So wash your hands with warm water,
massage your hands before you test each time and then experiment with the
different settings on your lancing device to find the best one for you. If you’ve washed and massaged your hands and you still find that you’re squeezing the
lancing site very very firmly, which is not recommended because it may affect your
results, then try again. This time, press the lancing device very firmly against the skin. If you’re finding that you’re still having trouble obtaining
blood, then try a higher setting on the lancing device. Avoid using the same site
for lancing again and again. This will make lancing less painful, particularly if you’re testing several times a day. An alternative is to designate each
finger for the day of the week and if you test several times a day
you can select a different site on that finger. Lancet the areas on the size of your fingers. Firstly, you’ve got more blood vessels
there so you’ve got access to more blood. Secondly, there are less nerve endings
there so, less pain. The lancets are designed to be used once. Every time you use a lancet the fine tip becomes more blunt so the more times you reuse the
same lancet, the more blunt the tip becomes and the harder it is to penetrate the skin and the more painful the experience. If you are trying to save money and you are reusing lancets, try to limit the reuse to two to four times
each lancet. If you are reusing lancets then avoid cleaning the tip with
alcohol. The lancets are coated with a special silicon which make penetration
in the skin more easy and less painful. If you clean the lancets with
alcohol, that will remove that silicon material making the penetration more
painful and more difficult. If you have difficulty obtaining a blood sample then choose a meter that requires the least amount of blood. The Abbott’s Freestyle Lite is one example. It requires only point three microliters of blood which is around a third to a half of some of
the other meters on the market and the other advantage is, if you haven’t
applied enough blood to the test strip you have the option of applying more
blood to the meter without having to start a new test strip or lancing your
fingers again. If you’re having difficulty finding a comfortable setting on your lancing device then choose another one. Some of the lancing devices on the market come with four or five settings which may not be enough for
some people. The idea is the more settings that you have on a lancing
device, the more choices that you have of finding one that’s comfortable for you. So one such example is the Accu-chek Multiclix which has eleven settings.