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I'm 8 months pregnant and accidently pricked my hand with glucometer lancet used by grandmother after a few seconds of use, will I get hiv?
What are risks of sharing glucometer (transmission of disease) when pricking is done from different lancets. Thanks?
Well controlled: Fasting 90-130 am, 100-150 2-4 hours after eating. ...Read more
Calibration: Your meter can be tested against your lab blood sugar potentially when you go to get blood work done. The lab and your meter use the same sample of blood and compare. In our center, we do this on the spot. A meter can be up to 18% off and still be ok. Meters should come with testing solutions so that you can calibrate from home. But sometimes you just need a new meter. ...Read more
It shows sugar level: If done properly, periodic monitoring at home can have significant value. It shows how each food type/amount affect your blood suguar level. Thus you may learn to reduce foods that promote high sugar and consume more of foods that cause less rise of sugar. Thus, should be done before eating and 2 hours after so you know the effect of what you eat. Consult doc regularly and good luck. ...Read more
They are quite good: Constantly changing technology and designs have improve ease of use as well as acuracy of current glucometers. I would say around 5-10 points of actual blood levels when tested at a certified laboratory. They are meant to guide you with controlling your diet/food consumptions to maintain a good sugar level. Having diabetes is tough! Fllow-up with doc regularly. Good luck. ...Read more
All similar: Pain tolerance varies from person to person. All the glucometers work similarly. Some of the lancet devices may be a bit different, but all poke a hole to make the blood come out. I like the ones that come from Bayer (aspirin) company, but i'd ask a pharmacy what they sell the most of and what their feedback is. I've used several in my office and all seem quite similar. ...Read more
You won't find one: Hi. Sorry, but ain't no such beast. You're stuck using strips, at least for the foreseeable future. ...Read more
No such thing: Hi. There's no such thing as a "strip-free glucometer". Sorry, but at least for the time being, you're stuck buying strips! If you're tightly controlled using insulin, you could consider a continuous glucose monitor with your doctor; with the Dexcom, you only have to use a strip + glucometer every 12 hours for calibration. But no matter what, you're stuck buying strips for now. ...Read more
I prefer the term glucose meter.
You can purchase the right meters and test strips at low cost at almost all pharmacy stores.
The more expensive lot looks great but is no better than the least expensive ones. ...Read more
Glucometer giving erratic readings. Will be 101 in one sample, then 81 in another, immediately after. Calibrated correctly too. Is this typical?
Variation: Hi. Yes, that would be considered probably acceptable variation. They would generally probably be tighter, but if your control solution gets measured in the appropriate range, then your meter is probably meeting performance standards. We endocrinologists all get meters to give to patients, so ask your endo for a new one if yours is old and you're concerned about its performance. Good control! ...Read more
BG levels all over the place w/home glucometer. After waking I took 5 consecutive samples: 82, 105, 55, 93, & 90. Calibrated properly. What's up?
Glucometer: The glucometer is only plus/minus 20%. It is designed to give a number that a diabetic can use to adjust his insulin dose. Of those 5 numbers, they are all consistent except for the 55. How much blood did you get? Did you have to "milk" your finger? Was there still alcohol on the finger? All these things can affect the reading. ...Read more
Of course: Generally speaking when a person checks their sugar at home, all that is used is venous blood. To my knowledge there is no indication in the field of medicine to use any other kind of blood for checking the blood sugar. As a matter of simple fact, about the only time we routinely use arterial blood for anything in medicine is checking a test called the blood gas, usually in the er or icu. ...Read more
Several: The simple answer is absoultely. Some allow you to check the sugar on the side of the hand, the arm and other places. They typically use slightly different lancets and lancet devices, but the technology to measure the glucose I assume is about the same. The meters, strips and lancets for such devices are a bit more exp than others that use the finger. Ins may not pay for all of them. ...Read more
I check my blood suger with glucometer during exercise in fasting reading I got 130 is it normal?
Fasting glucose: If your fasting glucose is 130, it is too high. If you are afraid that you are diabetic, have your physician order a hemoglobin 1ac and see what the result is. If it is in the diabetic range, consult that physician as to the steps you need to take to lower it. Good luck. ...Read more
On consecutive testing of blood sugar within 2minutes, the values came out to be 234 and 272. Is my glucometer inaccurate or what?
Home devices: Are not that good. I hear these stories frequently. ...Read more
My sugars level reads btn 5-6mmol/dl even after exercise and my whole body feels shaky. Could this be normal or is my glucometer faulty?
Check the glucometer: You can check the glucometer- always good to do. The shakiness may be from a "drop" in the sugar level to which your body is not "accustomed" to. That's why it 's good to do gentle exercises and to advance slowly as tolerated. Be patient and gentle to yourself and you will succeed! ...Read more
Today my fasting glucose was 92 and half an hour later with still not eating anything it was 110 what's goin on? Battery low on glucometer
I think you diagnosed it. Glucometer issue. Even if the battery was not low, a glucometer glucose of 92 and 110 is basically the same number, i.e. Within the margin of error of the instrument.
You are 24 y.O? Type 1 diabetes on insulin? Is it possible your evening Insulin is wearing off, and your glu is creeping up a bit? ...Read more
Maybe impaired: Based on this, it looks like you have impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance. Not diabetes....Yet. People who are impaired have a high chance of becoming diabetic. It is important to optimize your weight, exercise, diet before this gets any worse. See your doctor. ...Read more
Minor difference: There is about a 15% difference between whole blood glucose and plasma glucose, with the plasma glucose being higher. If you use a fingerstick glucose monitor, it is measuring whole blood glucose, whereas when you have blood drawn and sent to the lab, it is measuring plasma glucose. Some fingerstick meters will correct for the difference by adding 15% automatically. ...Read more
How often should I use glucometer? I don't want to risk effects of finger infections with baby on the way.
I'm not diabethic.1month ago fasting glucose 99 and pp 95.Today random measurement with glucometer after breakfast was 160! .Is that too high? Txs
May be normal:
A random blood glucose level of 200 mg/dl or more, plus presence of the following symptoms, can mean that you have diabetes:
unexplained weight loss
as you have normal fasting and post postprandial level, I would say you may not have diabetes. ...Read more
5hourgtttest 127 211 317 110 31. Was given prescription for glucometer and told to test/eat quick carb when low, said not diabetic. Good advice or seek 2nd op?
See specialist: Your test above points to diabetes but you need two positive tests to make the diagnosis. Get a fasting bs or hba1c measurements, or both. If they are in the diabetes range as well, then you have diabetes. 2 hr after an ogtt, your level should be less than 140. Yours was 211 which is in the diabetes range. ...Read more
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Acute service: This service is not meant to write prescriptions for chronic medications. Please see your GP ...Read more