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Why is the blood sugar monitored for COPD patients?

Why is the blood sugar monitored for COPD patients?

Possibilities...: Some patients with COPD are treated intermittently with systemic steroid therapy. A side effect of this medication is elevated blood sugars so blood sugars are frequently monitored in a patient taking this medication. ...Read more

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Is there any blood sugar monitoring instrument for diabetic patients that can measure sugar without pain?

Is there any blood sugar monitoring instrument for diabetic patients that can measure sugar without pain?

Soon, not yet: However, todays method is much less painful if you use the side of your finger rather than the tip of the finger or if you use an alternative site (which can be done with certain monitors.) also, be sure to not have wet alcohol on the skin where you test, it will sting. ...Read more

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What method is used for monitoring blood glucose levels in diabetic patients?

What method is used for monitoring blood glucose levels in diabetic patients?

3 means: Hi. there are fundamentally 3 means to assess blood sugar. Finger stick blood glucose is the old standard, around since about 1980. A1c reflects a roughly 3-month average blood glucose. Lastly, continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) is an amazing new tool I use tons in my practice; patients (myself included) LOVE it! All 3 have their places in diabetes management. Good luck! ...Read more

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What method is used for monitoring blood glucose levels in diabetic patients?

Monitoring glucose: Monitoring glucose depends on what type and degree of diabetes you have. If you are type 1 - unlikely in the 40's - you will need insulin all day, every day and measure regularly Medicine for type 2 diabetes may require a good diet and just one pill or you may need more and stronger medicine and possibly insulin. The fewer meds the less often you need to measure. The more insulin - more checking ...Read more

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Are blood sugar home monitors fasting reads just what you ate the day before?

Are blood sugar home monitors fasting reads just what you ate the day before?

Yes: Fasting blood checks how your sugers are over night and day before. But you should also check post priandial sugers too. Check a sample 2 hrs after lunch and dinner . As a general rule if your sugers are over 200 then your meds need adjusting or you need coverage with a short acting agent. There are home monitors that check a hgba1c which checks a value comissurate with 3 mos controll. ...Read more

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Where can I get a free blood sugar monitor?

Where can I get a free blood sugar monitor?

Your doctor : Very often, doctors' offices carry glucometers to give patients. Certainly, a local diabetes center or diabetologist's office would carry these meters. The companies making the glucometers get their money from selling the glucometer strips so it behooves them to leave glucometers in physician offices. ...Read more

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What is the most painless blood sugar monitor?

What is the most painless blood sugar monitor?

Still require blood: Unfortunately pricking the finger remains the most reliable way to check bs. All devices that have a different method remain questionable in terms of their ability to accurately predict actual reading. ...Read more

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Are blood sugar monitor strips universally available?

Are blood sugar monitor strips universally available?

Yes, typically.: You should be able to find strips for your glucose monitor assuming that it is a current meter (still being manufactured). Most pharmacies carry a variety of strips; that includes the mail away ones. Getting the strips paid for, however, may not be as easy. There are formulary limitations on type of strips covered and how many are used on a daily basis. Check with your insurance company. ...Read more

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Is there a blood sugar monitor that does not require blood?

Is there a blood sugar monitor that does not require blood?

Experimental!: There are researchers and startup companies working on this, recently even Google has been developing a contact lens to measure the glucose via tears. There are a number of companies, several in Israel building devices to monitor blood sugar without blood. We do have FDA approved continuous glucose monitors which measure glucose in the interstitial fluid lying just beneath skin. ...Read more

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Blood Sugar (Definition)

The blood sugar concentration or blood glucose level is the amount of glucose (sugar) present in the blood of a human or animal. The body naturally tightly regulates blood glucose levels as a part of metabolic homeostasis. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the body's cells, and blood lipids (in the form of fats and oils) are primarily ...Read more