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Should I check my blood sugar levels at home with a glucose monitor?

Should I check my blood sugar levels at home with a glucose monitor?

With diabetes yes: Assuming you have diabetes, monitoring glucose is important for Insulin dosing, and is associated with better control even in patients who take only oral meds. Without diabetes, there is unlikely to be much benefit and monitoring is not indicated unless specifically advised for a defined reason. Healthy bodies are exceptional at regulating sugar. ...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


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• I am diabetic since 5 years,for the last 5 years my fasting blood glucose in between 125-134 mg/dL and my blood sugar level two hours after eati?

•	 I am diabetic since 5 years,for the last 5 years  my fasting  blood glucose in between 125-134 mg/dL and my  blood sugar level two hours after eati?

No specific question: The fasting blood sugar results you are providing do indeed point to diabetes. Are you under the care of a physician and being treated for the diabetes? If you are on medication I would advise that you follow up with your physician to discuss your results. Heed the lifestyle advice that your doctor gives you, changing your diet and exercising will greatly affect you long term outcome. ...Read more

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Why must I self-monitor my blood sugar levels so often if they can check a1c?

Why must I self-monitor my blood sugar levels so often if they can check a1c?

Blood SugarControl : The hba1c provides limited information. Average overall blood sugar is estimated based in this; there are different ways to get to an average. The home monitoring tells you & doctor what goes on in a day. Low blood sugars mixed in w/highs could make the hba1c look good even if sugars are rollercoastering. Hba1c alone won't identify day to day problems with control. ...Read more

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Can you monitor blood glucose levels without drawing blood?

Can you monitor blood glucose levels without drawing blood?

No: Blood glucose is just that blood glucose, many methods have been tried to try to aproximate that. Even with the continious subcutaneous blood glucose monitoring devices you still have to do minimum of 2 bood glucose to calibrate the readings. ...Read more

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What are the benefits of self-monitoring blood glucose levels if not diabetic?

What are the benefits of self-monitoring blood glucose levels if not diabetic?

None: There is no need to monitor blood glucose levels if you are not diabetic. If you are in the pre-diabetic range, it would be useful to lose about 10% body weight, exercise about 30 minutes each day and adopt a diet suitable for a diabetic. ...Read more

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When need i monitor blood glucose level?

When need i monitor blood glucose level?

Diabetes?: If you have diabetes it depends on treatment. On Insulin we ask our patients to test @ home upon waking up on the morning, all meals, and bedtime. On oral medication it is really doctor dependent. Some would ask for fasting blood sugars and 2 hour post meal sugars a few times/ wk perhaps at home. Without diabetes you don't have to do home checks, but follow up with your doctor. ...Read more

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When must I monitor my blood glucose levels so often?

When must I monitor my blood glucose levels so often?

Varies: How often to check your blood sugar depends on how you are using that information. If you are adjusting your Insulin based on blood sugars, you need to test a minimum of before each meal; you may also need to test after some meals to evaluate the effectiveness of the mealtime doses. ...Read more

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What steps must I follow to monitor my blood glucose levels and what supplies would I need?

What steps must I follow to monitor my blood glucose levels and what supplies would I need?

Depends on monitor: Your doctor will tell you how often to test. You will need a blood glucose monitor, test strips, control solution, and lancets. The exact supplies may be specific to the type of monitor you have. Most allow you to test on multiple locations, not just your finger. I would recommend following the specific instructions that come with your monitor. ...Read more

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What is making my vision blur? Its worse when i eat sugar or blood glucose goes below 5.0mmol but is sometimes blurred when glucose level is good.Idea

What is making my vision blur? Its worse when i eat sugar or blood glucose goes below 5.0mmol but is sometimes blurred when glucose level is good.Idea

Fluctuating glucose: Patients with fluctuating blood sugar levels often have fluctuations in vision. It could be simply that, something like latent hyperopia and need for glasses, or something more serious. You need a good eye exam to diagnose. Diabetics need to be seen annually at the least. ...Read more

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Glucose (Definition)

Glucose is the basic sugar molecule and the source of energy throughout the living kingdom. We are programmed to easily detect it by taste in our foods as it is desirable but can be overdone with the modern diet. It gets out of control ...Read more