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When To Test Blood Glucose
Have GTT test. Blood glucose normal. O hour and 1 hour urine glucose negative but 2 hour urine glucose is trace. False positive or renal glycosuria?
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
Lancets: Unfortunatle checking bs will require pricking your fingers (there is sensors called cgm but those are approved for type I diabetes and will still require calibration using above method). The good news is that the lancets that prick fingers are becoming very small and thin. Check out the delica by one touch. ...Read more
After 10:00 pm the day before do not eat anything but water. Go to the lab and get a fasting blood glucose and a hbga1-c (pharmacies cell a kit). That will tell you if you are not handeling your sugar properly.
If you see your doctor he can answer all this questions and concerns. ...Read more
New technologies..: Actually you can have continuous blood glucose monitoring device which uses a small probe inserted under your skin. There is also a "wrist-watch" which can use infared to measure your sugar without puncturing your skin, but not approved for mass use, yet. There are other devices being test and I expect that within a couple of yrs we should have them available. Stick to sticking for now. Good luck. ...Read more
How do I test blood pressure at home? How should I write down the numbers, and when should I measure?
Automated BP cuff: Glad you're doing this. You can buy decent automated arm cuffs at the pharmacy (arm not wrist) & that's a good place to start. You'll be given a reading with 2 #'s: 1st, higher # is called systolic bp, and 2nd, lower number is the diastolic. An ex. Of how you write it would be: 120/70. Check your BP while comfortable at rest. Record 1-2x/day at diff times of day, or as per your doc's instruction. ...Read more
Interesting: I have not seen that in my 15 years of practice but you never know. ...Read more
Not really: Blood sugar is just that blood sugar, even the constant glucose monitors which rely on a sensor inserted subcutaneously under the skin) require you to do blood suger at least twice a day to calibrate the sensor. All other methods using technology to try to get an aproximation like infrared dispersion have not been reliable enough. ...Read more
Hard to do: Although there are some "kits" that can give a total cholesterol level out there, i'd encourage you to work with your doctor on identifying & tx'ing your cardiovasc risks. There is more to cardiovasc risk than just cholesterol. Further cholesterol levels aren't something we follow daily like glucose (sugar) levels. Glad you're thinking about this; suggest you partner w/ your doc though. Good luck! ...Read more
Minutes: They test the blood for iron levels while you are there. You also fill out a health questionnaire. Between the two they can determine if you are qualified to donate. ...Read more
Cholesterol: Well you could live at a clinical lab. If you don't there really isn't a good home monitoring method. ...Read more
Test yourself: Be a good example. Demonstrate how easy it is, show the person that it is quick, and can give an accurate result immediately. Be able to explain the result, though! On a fasting specimen, less than 127 is normal and greater than 140 is concerning. Two hours after a meal, over 200 is diagnostic for diabetes. The fear of this knowledge may be what their hesitation is, so be prepared for the answer! ...Read more
After: Test 2 hours after you complete your meal. ...Read more
My son 6yrs has done test blood and he has RGB 4.88, normal range is 4-5.5 and MCV 75.5, normal range 80-95. Do I should worry?? Thanks!
Yes: The test claim is greater than 99% accuracy after three months. Good luck. ...Read more
How accurate is a 5 mins rapid hiv home test (blood) and when is it considered conclusive from last exposure (wks or mths)?
It is a screening test. If it is positive, the result needs to be confirmed by a more definitive test. If the result is negative at less than 6 months after exposure, that does not rule HIV infection and testing needs to continue. See this site for safer sex guidelines:
http://www.aids.org/topics/aids-factsheets/aids-background-information/what-is-aids/safer-sex-guidelines/ ...Read more
It happens sometimes: Quantiferon TB blood tests look at one's white blood cells to see if they remember being in contact with TB germs. If her cells act healthily but don't react more excitedly when put into a simulated TB environment, that's a negative test. If her cells get very excited and active in a simulated TB environment, that's a positive test. Results that are "in between" are inconclusive. May retest later. ...Read more
Probably not: The cases in which HIV has been transmitted by needle have been from needles just withdrawn from HIV-positive patients' blood. I would be surprised if drying did not kill this very fragile virus. Having said this, anyone who uses a needle that may be contaminated is playing an extremely unwise game with their health for other reasons. This needs to stop and if applicable, law enforcement notified. ...Read more
Today I test blood and My ALT is 74 is this normal or not. And I am taking those tablets from last 7 days. (levofloxacin 250 mg....paracitamol 500 mg.
No reliable way: Zero alcohol, no ibuprofen. Maybe it'll drop. Maybe not. The key is that you understand a raised liver enzyme indicates a problem -- perhaps as simple as a medication allergy, beer, or lack of exercise; perhaps hepatitis B or C, hemochromatosis or Wilson's or autoimmune hepatitis waiting to kill you if it's missed. Be savvy, insist your physician explain the cause. ...Read more
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