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A common mistake in home blood sugar testing

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A common mistake in home blood sugar testing

Improper technique is one of the most common causes of inaccurate blood sugar readings. Even if you follow the instructions for your meter carefully, there are small things that can throw off a reading. For example, did you know that food on your hands can affect your reading? It may seem obvious, but it is important to wash your hands to kill germs and prevent infection every time you test your blood sugar. Doing so also frees them of any food residue that might contain sugar. If you have sugar on your skin, it can affect your test result, leading to an inaccurate reading.

While it is widely thought that you need to swab your finger or alternate site area with alcohol, soap and warm water are fine. In fact, soap and water are generally preferred because they are not as drying to the skin. If you choose to use alcohol swabs to cleanse, make sure it has dried completely before you test. Alcohol in the blood sample can cause the reading to be inaccurate as well.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Nutritional Info

Servings Per Recipe: 16
 Amount Per Serving
 Calories: 91.7
Total Fat: 0.6 g
Cholesterol: 11.4 mg
Sodium: 70.4 mg
Total Carbs: 16.1 g
  Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
Protein: 2.4 g
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