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A BGL measures the concentration of glucose in the blood at the time of the check. Performing blood glucose levels, recording them in your record book, and reviewing them regularly is the only way you will know how to determine the correct dose of insulin to give. You need to know how to adjust insulin doses.
The target range for BGLs is 4.0mmol/L – 7.0mmol/L before main meals.
Blood glucose record book
When you come into hospital with a new diagnosis of diabetes, you will be given a glucose meter. It is a good idea to have a back up glucose meter at home just in case something happens to the main meter.
You can purchase a meter from your local chemist. We suggest that your back up meter can check both glucose and ketone levels.
Here is one online site that sells the Freestyle Optium Neo meter. This meter uses the same strips as the Freestyle Libre meter and checks for glucose and ketone levels.
An assessment of blood glucose levels tell you if you are getting the correct dose of insulin. Growing children will require regular insulin dose adjustment.
All BGL readings and insulin doses should be recorded in a record book. Keeping a detailed record of your BGL’s allows you to assess if you need to make changes to your insulin doses.
Always wash and dry hands before taking a BGL as food on your fingers can alter the BGL reading.
The ACCU-CHEK FastClix lancing device has been proven to be the least painful and overall easiest to use. This should have been provided for you to use at diagnosis. For video instructions on how to use the lancing device please
NOTE: the RCH advices that lancets should only be changed once a day not at each BGL test as per the video