Using a blood sugar monitor to test your blood sugar levels is an important part of controlling your diabetes. Staying as close to your normal blood sugar level as possible will keep you healthier and feeling better than you will if your levels are off. Depending on your particular situation, you may need to test once a day, several times a day, or less often if you do not take medication to manage your diabetes.
In the past, the way that individuals obtained blood to test was to prick their fingers. This could be unpleasant to down right painful if individuals were testing frequently. Along with having to inject insulin, finger prick tests were one of the aspects of diabetes that many people disliked and would keep them from seeking treatment if they thought they might have diabetes.
Monitoring tools have been seeing some great new advances if you hate to prick your skin to get the blood you need for testing. You should discuss with your doctor the advances that are currently available and which ones will be coming soon. Even for the most squeamish, the advances will make testing easier and much less unpleasant.
- GlucoWatch: this device reads your blood sugar levels through your skin. You wear the device like a watch and small electrical currents pull the information needed into the device. You’ll still need to prick once a day in order to calibrate the device, but it can cut down on the hassle for individuals who need to test multiples times in a 24 hour period.
- Needle Free Lasers: these devices eliminate the need for finger pricking. A laser beam pierces through a small point of the skin.
- Glucose Sensor: with this device, a small sensor is placed under the skin. It measures the blood sugar levels and then sends the information to an external monitor. The sensors can record a number of readings over a period of time, allowing you to compare readings throughout the day.
- Alternative Site Testing: although this doesn’t eliminate the need for pricking, it does allow you to test in other areas than the finger, making it less painful for individuals who need to test often.
A blood sugar monitor can help you keep your diabetes under control. Advances in this area are eliminating the need for finger pricking or making it less painful. This is great news for all of those individual who have to test their blood sugar levels on a regular basis.