Why Speed Matters
When and how often you check your blood sugar will vary based on which type of diabetes you have and your specific treatment plan. However, it is commonly recommended to check blood sugar levels before a meal or snack, before bed, if you start a new medication, before and after exercising, and if you change your daily routine. It’s also a good idea to check your blood sugar if you’re experiencing any of the following:
- Blurred vision
- Increased hunger
- Dry mouth
- Shortness of breath
Any of these symptoms could mean that your blood sugar is too high or too low and you may need to take action to prevent complications.
If monitoring your blood glucose is time-consuming, it can be challenging to test as often as you should, especially when life gets busy or you’re away from home. Having a quick and reliable way to check your blood sugar makes it easier to stay on track.
What’s the Fastest Way to Check Blood Sugar?
The fastest way to check blood sugar is with a glucose meter or monitor. Several types of devices that can provide quick results are available.
A BGM kit is the most common way to self-monitor blood sugar. A traditional kit includes separate lancets and test strips, which means checking your blood sugar is a multistep process that requires juggling multiple components. Having to find a place to test discreetly and a safe place to dispose of materials adds to this inconvenience. While a BGM can give you quick results once the blood sample is obtained, the beginning-to-end testing process can be time-consuming and cumbersome.
A CGM may be attractive to those who need frequent monitoring because it eliminates the need to use a test kit. Instead, a sensor is inserted under the skin, usually on your arm or stomach, and held in place by an adhesive patch. The sensor is connected to a transmitter that continuously sends readings to a monitor or smart device, such as your smartphone, which means you can see your glucose levels anytime you want. However, a CGM must be worn at all times, may cause discomfort, and, depending on your clothing, may be visible to others. And the sensor must be replaced every 10–14 days.
An ABGM is a fast way to check your blood sugar without having to continuously wear a device. The all-in-one POGO Automatic® Monitor uses 10-test cartridges with built-in lancets and test strips so you don’t have to handle multiple components, and the device doesn’t need to be reloaded each time you test. Instead, POGO Automatic gives you accurate results with the push of a button. The entire process takes only seconds and can be performed virtually anywhere.
Prepare for Your Future—and the Unexpected
Knowing the fastest way to check blood sugar is a good start, but it’s not the only consideration when it comes to choosing a device.
Monitoring your blood sugar and identifying trends helps you and your doctor understand how your treatment plan is working and make adjustments to support your long-term health. It can also help you act quickly when blood sugar events occur. A device with Bluetooth® technology paired with an advanced diabetes management app makes this easier than ever before.
POGO Automatic automatically lances and collects blood in one simple step. The results can be automatically synced with the Patterns® for POGO Automatic app, an innovative app that logs and organizes your blood glucose test results. Patterns represents data with user-friendly visuals that help you gain insight into your blood sugar readings and see the big picture, anytime, anywhere. If your levels are too high or too low, the app will send you alerts with tips on how to avoid serious complications. If you don’t respond to these alerts, your emergency contacts can be notified of your blood sugar level and location via a text alert.
Routinely checking your blood sugar levels and acting fast when levels are out of a safe target range is crucial for managing your diabetes. Choosing technology that makes checking your blood sugar fast, simple, and meaningful is a powerful way to stay prepared.
Jaclyn Owens is a product director specializing in diabetes management tools. She is committed to using technology to empower people with diabetes and help them take control of their health.
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