Blood Sugar Test
If you have diabetes or have a loved one who has diabetes you probably know how important it is to regularly check your blood sugar levels.
Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, checking your blood sugar regularly is important and is sometimes required to live a healthy life with diabetes. The most common way of testing your blood sugar is by using special test strips with a blood glucose monitor.
They come in different shapes and sizes and some function for other purposes besides blood sugar testing.
Why is it important to test your blood sugar regularly? Well for one it shows you what your current blood sugar level is. This is done usually before or after a meal to see if any medications are working as intended and to see if any adjustments are needed.
Testing you blood sugar is also important to detect any low or high blood sugar levels you may be experiencing. This allows you to treat yourself accordingly to stabilize your blood sugar levels to avoid any complications.
Keeping track of what your blood sugar levels are regularly is also helpful, especially to your doctor. Blood sugar monitors keep track of what your blood sugar results are for months.
This allows your doctor to check your overall blood sugar levels over a long period of time. With this information your doctor can see what your overall A1C is.
The A1C is a blood test that provides information about a person’s overall blood sugar levels over a 3 month period. This helps to evaluate your blood sugar levels and see if there are any abnormalities.
This test is usually done every 3 months and is done in a lab or doctor’s office. However if you check your blood sugar regularly with your monitor you don’t need to take an A1C test. The results can be taken directly from your blood sugar monitor.
Learning to use a blood sugar monitor is relatively easy. All that is required is to insert a test strip designed for the specific monitor you use, and then you must prick your finger to get a blood sample. It does not matter which finger you use or which side it is.
After you get a small blood sample your apply it to the test strip on the blood sugar monitor and in a few moments it will show you your current blood sugar level.
If you feel having to prick your finger every time to get a blood sample is too painful there are other alternatives. Some blood sugar monitors are able to get a blood sample from your arms so no more sore fingers.
Testing your blood sugar regularly is something that should not be over looked. Some diabetics might not need to test as much as others but they should still check regularly, to make sure they are on track with their diabetes management plan.
A simple test may sometimes warn of something much worse and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Do yourself a favor and check your blood sugar regularly!