How to test your blood sugar
To check your blood sugar level, gather your blood glucose meter, a test strip and your lancing device. Watch the video below or follow the steps outlined here.
See how to prepare the meter and test strip, lance your finger and get a reading using the Accu-Chek® Guide system.
The steps are similar for many meters, and generally look like this:
- Wash and dry your hands—using warm water may help the blood flow.1
- Turn on the meter and prepare a test strip as outlined in your owner's booklet. Many Accu-Chek meters turn on automatically when a strip is inserted.
- Choose your spot—don't check from the same finger all the time. Using the side of the fingertip may be less painful than the pads.1
- Prepare the lancing device according to the user guide provided, then lance your fingertip or other approved site to get a drop of blood.2
- Touch and hold the test strip opening to the drop until it has absorbed enough blood to begin the test.
- View your test result and take the proper steps if your blood sugar is high or low, based on your healthcare professionals' recommendations.
- Discard the used lancet properly.
- Record the results in a logbook, hold them in the meter's memory or download to an app or computer so you can review and analyze them later.
For meter-specific instructions on how to test your blood sugar levels, visit the Accu-Chek Support page for your meter.
1Joslin Diabetes Center. Tips for more pain-free blood glucose monitoring. Available at: https://www.joslin.org/info/tips_for_more_pain_free_blood_glucose_monito.... Accessed March 11, 2016.
2Talk with your healthcare professional before deciding if alternate site testing is right for you.