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Description:The man pictured here, was about to check his blood glucose level. This process is known as self-monitoring blood glucose, and it’s a way for people with diabetes to find out how much glucose is in their blood. A drop of blood from the fingertip is placed on a special coated strip of paper that “reads” the amount of glucose in the blood. Many people use an electronic meter to get this reading. At this point, he was about to perform a controlled finger stick using a mechanized needle, which would very quickly, and relatively painlessly, penetrate the skin, thereby, inducing the delivery of a blood droplet, which could then be tested.
Blood glucose levels are measured Blood glucose testing can help you understand how food, physical activity, and diabetes medicine affect your glucose levels. Testing can help you make day-to-day choices about how to balance these things. It can also tell you when your glucose is too low or too high so that you can treat these problems.
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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC - National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation; Diabetes Public Health Resource; Diabetes and Me: Be Active
CDC - National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Diabetes Translation; Take Charge of Your Diabetes: 3. Keeping Track of Your Blood Glucose
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Copyright Restrictions:None - This image is in the public domain and thus free of any copyright restrictions. As a matter of courtesy we request that the content provider be credited and notified in any public or private usage of this image.

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