How to Check Blood Sugar Without a Meter

Diabetes is a chronic condition where the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or doesn’t use insulin properly — or both. This can lead to a higher than normal blood sugar level.

Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can lead to complications, such as:

How to Check Blood Sugar Without a Meter

For these reasons, it’s important to monitor your blood sugar if you have diabetes.

Prior to using meters, people with diabetes would monitor their blood sugar by testing their urine. This method, however, wasn’t as accurate, nor did it provide real-time results.

If you self-test your blood sugar several times a day using a glucometer, or meter, it requires that you prick your finger to draw blood to test. Due to the discomfort of this method, you might look for a way to monitor your level without this tool.

If finger pricks are very bothersome for you, don’t worry — there’s hope. Advances in blood sugar monitoring technology could mean no more finger pricks in the future.