​How to Test with the keto-mojo Meter

Updated 7 months ago by Michelle Pool

How to Test Your Blood for Ketones

The American Diabetes Association recommends blood ketone testing with a ketone meter as the preferable method.

If you have diabetes, you should discuss ketone testing with your doctor to learn whether it is recommended in your case and when you should perform the testing

  1. Load the lancet into the lancet plunger according to the directions.
  2. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and dry them well before each test.  Use alcohol wipes as well.  There are many things on your hands that can contaminate a test.  Especially if you are using MCT oil or exogenous ketones, those will throw a test way off or cause errors.
  3. Remove a test strip from the vial and insert it into the meter.  The meter will go though the check process.  CH and display the code from your strips.  This code must match the number on your strips. 
  4. Once the alcohol is dry.   Place the lancet pen on the side of your fingertip and push the button.
  5. Gently squeeze your finger to get a drop of blood.  Wipe away the first drop of blood (not with the alcohol, but a fresh tissue or sterile swab) and test with the second.  The first drop will likely be diluted with the alcohol even if it's dry.
    You will need a large drop to load the strip properly,  it takes about a half a matchstick head amount.  After you do it two or three times, you'll get a sense of how much blood you need. 
  6. Touch the end of the test strip to the drop of blood until it fills the little opening and the meter registers.  Try to keep the strip from pushing into your finger.  This could stop the flow of blood.   
  7. Wait for the meter to give you a reading (just 10 seconds).

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