Measuring your blood sugar will enable you to get the inside scoop on managing the intricacies of your unique blood sugar responses to foods throughout the day, and will enable fine tuning of your macro nutrient needs (proteins, fats and carbohydrates).
One Touch and Bayer are two good brands for their technology, accuracy and ease of use (I use the Breeze2 by Bayer). When ordering be sure to get the Blood Glucose Monitor, Lancing Device, Lancets, and Testing Strips specific to your monitor.
Instructions for Testing
When you take a blood test it will reflect your blood glucose at that moment.
Wash your hands with soap and water before taking a blood test. This is not just to ensure hygiene but to ensure there is no sugar on your fingers giving a false high reading. Use warm water if your fingers are cold.
You can use the same lancet for a day’s blood tests assuming that your fingers are clean.
If you prick the sides of your fingertips, your sensitivity will be less affected, which may be important if you play an instrument or tend to type a lot. Avoid pricking your thumbs and right index finger (or left if you are left-handed).
Ideal Schedule for Measuring Blood Glucose with Functional Ranges:
Immediately after waking up in the morning (ideal range 78-88mg/DL or 4.4-5mmol/L)
40 minutes after breakfast (ideal range <135mg/DL or <7.5mmol/L)
40 minutes after lunch (ideal range <135mg/DL or <7.5mmol/L)
20 minutes before dinner (ideal range if no more than 2 hours since last eaten 78-88mg/DL or 4.4-5mmol/L)
Just before bed (ideal range if no more than 2 hours since last eaten 78-88mg/DL or 4.4-5mmol/L)
Its best to monitor for 5 consecutive days and keep a food/sleep diary at the same time. Please do not hesitate to contact me for further advice and support.
Please note this information is intended to help you learn more about your own body and health but it should not be considered medical advice. If you have any concerns and particularly if your blood sugar is high please see your doctor.