The Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) has recommended performing a home blood sugar test two to three hours after meals to ensure the device's safety and accurate readings. If blood sugar (glucose) levels increase during fasting, the SFDA recommends seeking medical attention from a specialist.
In addition, the authority recommended examining the glucose test strip's expiration date, buying devices that save previous measurements, washing and drying hands before a test, estimating how much blood was drawn, and inserting the test strip in the appropriate location.
The SFDA stated that the technology used in blood glucose meters is not as accurate as that used by healthcare professionals when performing an examination. Therefore, it urges people to report any issues involving medical devices through the National Center for Medical Devices Reporting (NCMDR) on the website ncmdr.sfda.gov.sa.