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What is the normal variability for a blood glucose meter?

What is the normal variability for a blood glucose meter?

+/- 15%: Unfortunately, most meters are only able to tell you a value within about 15% of the "real" value. ...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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Is satisfactory blood glucose meter readings good?

Yes: A good quality glucometer may not be as accurate and a true blood test but it is a great and very precise mode of checking you sugar on a daily basis ...Read more

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Where can I get a tiny blood glucose meter?

Where can I get a tiny blood glucose meter?

Pharmacy: Check your pharmacy. There are many models and sizes. Some interface with your computer or smartphone now too. ...Read more

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How can I troubleshoot the blood glucose meter?

How can I troubleshoot the blood glucose meter?

Batteries: The most common trouble with a blood glucose meter is a low battery. It can give you errors and inaccurate results when the battery is low. Old or damaged test strips can lead to trouble as well. There should be a 1-800 number on your machine to call for further assistance as well. ...Read more

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Will a glucose meter work just as well in determining the glucose concentration in non-diabetic blood?

Will a glucose meter work just as well in determining the glucose concentration in non-diabetic blood?

Diabetes: The term "non-diabetic blood" has no meaning as is. If the blood sugar is low it needs immediate attention. If it is normal it needs no attention. If it is high it needs your doctor's attention. ...Read more

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I didn't eat all day and my blood sugar was 60 with a glucose meter and my heartrate was 153bpm. Could low blood sugar cause the heartrate to rise?

I didn't eat all day and my blood sugar was 60 with a glucose meter and my heartrate was 153bpm. Could low blood sugar cause the heartrate to rise?

Of course it can: yes, low BS will activate the sympathetic nervous system and part of that activation is increased heart rate (in some individuals, not all). ...Read more

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Should a prediabetic use glucose meter to monitor glucose after meals to learn which foods cause hi blood sugar to avoid further insulin resistance?

Maybe but it depends: While your suggestion is not currently part of ada guidelines & recommendations, if it will help you see result of your food choices & help you make better choices, then i think it's reasonable. In truth, your nutritionist can help you develop healthy eating habits w/o using a glucometer. For instance, check out the mediterranean diet. Don't forget to exercise regularly to reduce Insulin resistanc. ...Read more

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Is there any issue and/or resolution needed for blood pressure variability (occasional spikes) when ones average bp monitored at home is 115/65?

Is there any issue and/or resolution needed for blood pressure variability (occasional spikes) when ones average bp monitored at home is 115/65?

BP: Blood pressure normally has ups and downs. An average bp of 115/65 is good. If some of the ups are more than 160mmHg, there might be some reason for concern. ...Read more

Dr. Cayce Jehaimi
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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


Dr. Ira Katz
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Glucometer (Definition)

Glucometer is a diabetes-related agent which is a kind of ...Read more