How much is not enough?

Tip 91 Not getting enough blood on a blood glucose strip can cause an inaccurate blood glucose reading and lead to problems such as:

• Giving yourself the wrong amount of insulin because you are working with inaccurate numbers. This could cause your blood glucose to be too high or too low and you won't know it.

• Treating a low when your blood glucose is not low. The result could be a blood glucose level that is instead too high.

• Expense. If your meter tells you that you don't have enough blood, you have most likely wasted that strip and will need to use another.

Make sure you know how much blood it takes for your meter to give you an accurate reading. If you have a meter that requires a larger drop of blood than you are able to obtain, talk with your health care professional about getting a meter that requires the least amount of blood.

Reviewed by Francine Kaufman, MD. 4/08

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