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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
• 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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
I smoke rarely, every few days i would have one. Would i be able to keep a good blood glucose/sugar level if i just have just one cigarette?
Your blood: Sugar depends upon thousands of things, most of which you cannot control. You can, however, control diet, exercise, risk factors, medication, monitoring, glucose control etc. Smoking is one of those thing you an also control. It's not up to me to tell you how much you can get away with before you have trouble, because it's impossible to state with certainty. Your choice. I can't give permission. ...Read more
Ok, went 2 dr 2day got a blood glucose monitoring system, ? Is what should be a normal level be?...Didn't get told told told that part?
Any truth to the claim that consuming more fat, include trans fat, and little/no sugar will bring blood glucose level to normal range? Exercise too.
Don't get your life: With diabetes, you need to be monitored closely as you experiment. Don't expect miraculous results from swapping calories from one group to another. It's much more to your credit that you're exercising, and this will be a huge help to you -- as will simply being pro-active about your health. Best wishes. ...Read more
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
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
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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