A brief overview on blood glucose tests

Ever wonder what this frequently used term blood glucose actually does? If not, here’s your answer! Blood glucose (blood sugar), is an element present in the blood that carries sugar to all the body cells, so that they can create energy for physical/mental functions. And naturally this energy (formerly sugar) is a derived from the food that we eat. But at times the body loses its ability to produce insulin, which is important for breaking down the glucose in the body. And in such a condition one develops an autoimmune disease, which is known as diabetes.

Diabetes can severely disrupt a person’s life, as it can trigger other serious conditions related to eyes, heart, kidneys, nerves, etc. But this can only happen if an individual is careless about their lifestyle. With great food habits, ample of exercise and positive attitude one can easily lead a normal life. And to achieve this one has to regularly take blood glucose tests.

Although everyone is advised to maintain a healthy balance of sugar in the body, a diabetic individual mandatorily needs to keep an eye on the glucose levels. They can monitor their diabetes condition by regularly conducting a blood glucose test. Most people with diabetes ideally must check their blood levels every day. This is because then they can effectively manage their dietary schedules, exercises and medications.

A diabetic patient needs a glucose meter aka glucometer to measure their sugar levels in blood. It is a brilliant device that can effectively help you maintain self-discipline as well as accuracy. The device comes in a kit which has a log diary, lancets and small needles.

The glucometer is extremely simple to use and handle. You just need to ensure two things while you’re using the glucose meter. Firstly, make sure that you clean your hands with soap, as you don’t want initiate any form of contamination in your blood stream. Secondly try not to share your kit with anyone or use someone else’s kit, as it can be infected. Preferably you must maintain a log diary, this will not just aid you but also your doctor who can analyze your progress accordingly.

Usually for a fasting test, normal level of blood glucose ranges around 70 to 100 milligrams per deciliter. On the other hand, when it comes to a random blood glucose test, it must ideally fall under the range 125 milligrams per deciliter. If you observe anything beyond this level, then you must immediately consult your doctor to gain more perspective about your condition.

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