I get dif­fer­ent read­ings from each hand. Which one is cor­rect?

Diabetic Living (USA) - - Doctor’s Orders -

Frus­trat­ing, right?! Here are three pos­si­bil­i­ties: 1) Blood sugar is al­ways shift­ing. Hor­mones that help keep blood sugar sta­ble are con­stantly be­ing re­leased in vary­ing amounts as you digest foods and go about your day. 2) Your test strips long for re­tire­ment. Keep strips in their orig­i­nal con­tain­ers; store in a cool, dry place; mind their ex­pi­ra­tion date; and dou­ble-check that the lot num­bers on your meter and test­strip con­tainer match. 3) Your dig­its need at­ten­tion. Un­clean fin­gers, squeez­ing your fin­ger too hard, and not hav­ing a large enough sam­ple size can lower test ac­cu­racy. 4) Your glu­cose meter isn’t spot-on. Most meter read­ings can be 15 per­cent off from your true blood glu­cose and still meet FDA stan­dards. A read­ing of 100 mg/dL could mean your blood sugar is be­tween 85-115 mg/dL, while a read­ing of 240 mg/ dL could in­di­cate an ac­tual range of 204-276 mg/dL. If your read­ings con­tinue to vary dra­mat­i­cally, re­place your meter or have it checked by a di­a­betes ed­u­ca­tor.

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