4 Easy Ways to Draw Blood when Checking Blood Sugar Levels

Being diagnosed with diabetes requires monitoring your blood sugar everyday. This is a painstaking task (look cholacol) because it involves pricking yourself with a needle. This is excruciating for those who dread needles but it is something that has to be done in order to monitor blood sugar levels especially when if you have extremely high blood sugar level leading to diabetic ketoacidosis or those who have hypoglycemia or low blood sugar levels.

Most diabetic persons say that getting used to the pricking of their finger makes it virtually painless to feel the need pricking them. But as a compassionate individual, it is better make finger pricking less painful. Here are some tips experts suggest you should try.

No, not the fingertips

Most nurses, doctors and even patients themselves prick their finger tips when getting blood glucose. But the director of Gutman Diabetes Institute says that pricking should be done on the side of the fingers. Your fingertips have nerve endings making it painful once pricked by a needle. Additionally, applying pressure on the side of the fingertip is also essential to "seal" off the area thus, controlling the pain.

Change sites when pricking

Just like giving insulin shots, it is important to vary fingers when taking blood sugar. Through this, you are able to let the finger recover from the injury and promote faster healing on the pricked finger.

Lancets are for one-time use only

As much as possible, use lancets in one use alone. This is to avoid infection. Lacnets reused over time makes it dull and making it difficult to thoroughly prick you fingers.

Don't press your hands to let the blood out

Squeezing the fingers adds more pain. This practice is done so that the blood comes out of the punctures site. If you see that no blood comes out, simply drop your hand for 5 seconds. By virtue of gravity, you will be able to get enough blood for the duty.