Accurate Blood Sugar Readings Are at Your Fingertips
Furthermore, Claresa S. Levetan, MD, director of diabetes education at MedStar Health/Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center says that encouraging people with diabetes to take regular readings, which is more likely to happen with a less painful forearm device than a painful finger prick one, is more important than ensuring that every reading is 100% accurate. She explains that the real goal of testing blood sugar is to look at general trends, not detect potentially emergency situations like hypoglycemia.
"If you suspect that you're dramatically low, none of the meters are very good at reading the very low end," she says. So, someone who suspects they have hypoglycemia should eat some food containing sugar to be on the safe side.
No matter what device you choose, the most important thing is to use it properly. Ask your doctor or nurse to show you each step exactly. According to Levetan, "most studies have shown that people who are doing home glucose monitoring don't do everything properly."