What is Glucose Monitoring?
Glucose monitoring helps people with diabetes manage the disease and avoid its associated problems. A person can use the results of glucose monitoring to make decisions about food, physical activity, and medications. The most common way to check glucose levels involves pricking a fingertip with an automatic lancing device to obtain a blood sample and then using a glucose meter to measure the blood sample’s glucose level.
Many types of glucose meters are available, and all are accurate and reliable if used properly. Some meters use a blood sample from a less sensitive area than the fingertip, such as the upper arm, forearm, or thigh.