Information is power! I’m struck by the number of type 2 diabetics, pre-diabetics and insulin resisters who do not test their blood sugar, who do not know their BS. You cannot control what you do not measure. The #1 reason given: It’s a needle! It hurts!
Did you know that testing your blood sugar does not need to hurt? Here’s how.
- Prick the SIDE of your finger not the plump fleshy part. There are fewer nerve ending along the side. Only a masochist would tell you to prick the fleshy pad of your finger.
- The pin prick needs to break the surface of the skin, no deeper. The lancets are adjustable. Set it to the shallowest depth that releases a drop of blood.
- Stay hydrated. It keeps your blood fluid and it’s easier to bleed the drop of blood needed for testing.
- Switch fingers. Most of us have 10 digits on our hands. Find the fingers or thumbs that hurt the least.
- Wash your hands first. It’s good hygiene, it feels good and the warm water helps the blood flow.
- Change the lancet needle regularly. They get dull. Sharp lancets hurt less.
- Don’t stress about it. It’s just a pin prick. Make it part of your daily routine, like flossing your teeth and washing your face.
Share with us. What are your tips and tricks for testing your BS?