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how can i check my blood sugar levels daily?

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Dr. Ankush Bansal
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Glucometer: Get a glucometer from your local pharmacy. If it uses test strips, you may need a prescription from your doctor. The machine will test the amount of sugar in a drop of your blood.
Dr. Robin Matsukawa
Internal Medicine 14 years experience
Glucometer: One would usually obtain a glucometer from the pharmacy, unfortunately not all insurance plans will cover the cost even with a prescription. One could also ask their physician if they had any stock on hand for free given by pharmaceutical representatives. Once you have the meter, you also need a lancet to prick your finger for a blood sample and a testing strip to catch the blood and analyze it.

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Can low blood sugar cause someone to become comatose?

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If low enough: Yes. The brain relies on glucose for fuel. If glucose is too low it can harm the brain in serious ways.
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Is it possible for one to fake a high fasting blood sugar level?

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With fingersticks: If the hands and fingers aren't clean and dry, home blood sugar readings may be inaccurate. Sugar on the fingers could end up falsely elevating blood sugar. A concomitant venous sample in lab could demonstrate a discrepancy. Also, the meter may be inaccurate. Eating before a fasting blood sugar may raise the blood sugar in someone with diabetes because it would not be fasting anymore.
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What's a 3 hour oral glucose tolerance test (ogtt) for diabetes?

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Gestational diabetes: A test for how you respond to known sugar loads in pregnancy and whether you are diabetic from pregnancy... If abnormal, may need to make changes in diet or meds.
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I am 11 weeks into a daily exercise program, and starting to skip days. Any ideas on how to stay motivated?

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Remember...: Remember why you started in the first place and how much better you felt while doing it. Also, schedule it as an appointment. Even if you don't want to do it, do 10 minutes. You can always find 10 minutes. Right?
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Can l-arginine lower blood pressure & if so what is recommended dosage?

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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Possibly beneficial: In some people. Arginine is converted to nitric oxide, which has a relaxing effect on blood vessels & can thus reduce blood pressure somewhat. No standardized dose has been recommended. Be advised that arginine can also trigger or worsen viral infections like herpes. Discuss this supplement with your doc before taking it.

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