Checking your blood sugar and managing it well with or without diabetes is important. As a diabetic patient, you are advised to keep your blood sugar level under close monitoring in order to avoid complications that result from either low or high blood sugar level. You should be able to test your blood sugar level in between your check up dates at the hospital. To be able to work out a very good and effective insulin dose as a type 1 diabetic patient, you need to always know your blood sugar level. Also to avoid having too high or low blood sugar level, or if peradventure you have any, to manage the situation, as a type 2 diabetic patient, you must check your blood sugar level regularly. This should be done before meals, after meals and when you are about going to bed. Daily check for blood sugar level is vital for those taking insulin. How often you check your blood sugar level varies from person to person and only a medical practitioner can tell how often and how best to check it. Some other factors can affect your blood sugar level. Some of these factors are Humidity, sickness (such as Anemia, urethritis), high air temperature, Altitude, and so on.
If you want to check your blood sugar level at home you could use the glucose meter. Glucose meter is one of the ways of checking your blood sugar level and it is a traditional way as it requires you need to pierce your finger (any one of your finger) with a needle and then, drop the blood on a test strip and place the test strip containing the drop of blood into the glucose meter. The Glucose meter then shoes your blood sugar level. You do not need to wait for days to get your result because the meter slows the result in little or no time. These glucose meters are built or made in such a way that it can calculate an average blood glucose level over a period of time. These meters vary in size, speed, and cost.
Some of the glucose meters possess in built software kits that help to recover data from the meter and display graphs and charts of your past test results. You can also test for your blood glucose level in other parts of your body like your thighs, upper arm, and your forearm. The result gotten from others parts of your body might be different from each other most especially that gotten from your finger tip because the blood glucose level at the finger tips changes faster than those at other parts of the body especially when you have just finished eating or exercising your body.