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3 Reasons to Code Your Blood Glucose Meter

Maybe you exercise regularly, take your medications, look up new diabetic recipes for your diabetic diet plan, and use your blood glucose monitor regularly and correctly. What you may not know is that all of that may still not be enough. Coding your blood glucose meter is one of the most important things you can do as a person trying to manage your diabetes, and for several good reasons. These reasons include correcting a mistake about your food, insulin dosage, and even exercise.

46%. That is the percentage your blood glucose meter could be off if it is not coded properly, in respect to food. As a person with diabetes, you may constantly look up diabetic recipes and diabetic diet plans, or you may be trying to manage it by yourself with small changes in your diet. You rely on your blood glucose meter to tell you which foods to avoid in the future, which are good to eat when you need to increase your blood sugar levels, and even when to eat. Coding your glucose meter can mean accurate feedback regarding what you eat, greatly increasing your chances of effectively managing your diabetes.

For those who are on an insulin dosage to manage your diabetes, it is probably important for your glucose meter to help give you feedback about when and how much insulin you should take. If your glucose meter is not coded properly to give correct feedback, this can literally mean the difference between life and death. If your glucose meter gives an incorrect reading because it is not coded properly, that will prompt you to give yourself an incorrect dosage, and that can lead to several very serious complications, including hospitalization.

Finally, an incorrectly coded glucose meter can do a lot of damage to the management of your diabetes in regard to your exercise regimen as well. Depending on the person, exercise can either drastically lower or drastically increase blood glucose levels. In some cases you may need an insulin injection before or after exercise in order to keep anything bad from happening with your diabetes as a result of your exercise regimen. An incorrectly coded glucose meter can cause you to give yourself the insulin injection at the wrong time or wrong dosage, or give you confusing feedback as to whether you should eat something before or after you exercise.

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