Managing Type 2 Diabetes For Dummies
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Checking your blood glucose when you have type 2 diabetes requires pricking your finger and using a blood glucose meter to get a reading. Many people are intimidated by the idea of using a blood glucose meter, especially when they're first diagnosed. But it takes only seconds once you get the hang of it.

Follow these six simple steps to check your blood glucose:

  1. Wash and dry your hands.
  2. Insert a test strip into your meter.
  3. Use a lancing device to prick the side of your finger and draw a small sample of blood.
  4. Hold your finger to the test strip.
  5. Wait for the reading.
  6. When the reading displays, record it or use it to take appropriate action.

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The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and advocates for those affected by diabetes. They fund research to prevent, cure, and manage diabetes, deliver services to hundreds of communities, and provide objective and credible information.

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