September 2016

How Much Sugar is in my Blood?

It is important to measure your blood sugar at least once daily.

Finger Stick at Least Once Daily Goals for Many Adults with Diabetes*
Before you eat (fasting) 70-130 mg/dL
1-2 hours after the start of a meal less than 180 mg/dL
Blood Test a few Times per Year Goals for Many Adults with Diabetes*
hemoglobin (Hb) A1C less than 7.0%


*Your individual goals may differ, so speak to your doctor about your specific goals.  Always get a blood test done from your clinician.

Adapted from the American Diabetes Association.

What to Consider When Selecting a Glucometer?

Testing Location

Does your meter only use finger-stick samples or can you use blood from other areas of the body? Rotating sites can avoid calloused fingertips and soreness.

Blood Sample Size

Small samples = less pain. Meters that allow testing in various locations usually require smaller samples.

Meter Size

Decide if you want a smaller size that fits into a purse or pocket or larger size that can also store test strips and lancets.


Remember that your meter will need lancets and test strips. Some models hold some test strips inside the meters and others come with a storage case.


It is important to know your past readings to determine how you are managing your diabetes. Some models have built-in memory and data storage capabilities to graph past test results. Others allow you to enter caloric intake.

Ease of Use

There are a number of features to assists the needs of the user, like audible results for visually impaired or elderly patients.