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Blood Glucose Monitoring

Alternate Names : Blood Sugar Monitoring

Overview & Description | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

Blood glucose monitoring refers to home monitoring of blood glucose levels. This test uses a portable glucose monitor. Monitoring is done by the individual or a caregiver on a regular basis.

Who is a candidate for the test?

Blood glucose monitoring is used for people who have diabetes. This includes individuals with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and pregnant women with gestational diabetes. People can check their blood glucose levels to ensure that they are within the proper range. If the level is too low or too high, the person can take the proper action to correct the blood sugar level.

How is the test performed?

The person pricks his or her finger with a sterile lancet, or pointed instrument, to get a drop of blood. The drop of blood is placed on the glass plate of a home glucose monitor. The monitor will give a reading of the blood glucose level. Some home monitors keep a computerized record of these readings.


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Blood Glucose Monitoring: Preparation & Expectations

Author: David T. Moran, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 06/12/01

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