Checking your Blood Sugar

Checking your blood sugars will help you take the right steps to control your diabetes. A finger stick test will tell you how much sugar is in your blood at the time you test.

Finger Prick using a meter

How to check your blood sugar:

  1. Wash your hands with soap and water
  2. Insert a test strip into your meter
  3. Use a lancet to poke the side of your fingertip
  4. Gently squeeze your finger until a drop of blood forms
  5. Touch and hold the edge of the test strip to the drop of blood
  6. Your meter will show your blood glucose level
  7. Write down your result in a log book
  8. Bring your meter and log book with you when you see your health care team

When should I check my blood sugars?

For many people with diabetes, there are two important times to test:

  • Before eating anything in the morning. This is called a fasting test.
  • One to two hours after the start of a meal.

Blood Sugar Goals:

  • Before meals or 4 hours after a meal: 90 - 130
  • Two hours after a meal: less than 180

My schedule for blood sugar testing:

  Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Before Meal      
2 Hours after Meal