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Would A Blood Glucose Monitor With A Low Battery Give You An Incorrect Reading
WILL A FLASHLIGHT: With low batteries help you see less?
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
It Might: Like any other electronic device a good battery supply is essential if we want to get accurate readings. Your numbers may be coming out accurate but change the battery to make sure. If you have already done that then your number should be accurate. I wouldn't place a whole lot of stock in blood sugars before you changed the battery as they may have been off. Start for now and you will be confident.
Checks blood sugar: A blood glucose monitor is used to check the concentration of blood sugar (glucose). This is helpful for people with diabetes, a disease in which high blood glucose causes damage to the body over time or, if the glucose is severely high or has risen very quickly, can be fatal rapidly if left untreated. A normal blood glucose before eating is under 100, diabetic is over 125.
Chemical reaction: There is a sharp lance that gets a drop of blood. This goes onto a strip that undergoes a chemical reaction. The resultant color reaction is read my the meter and translated into the number that appears of the face of the meter and tells you the blood sugar is at that time.
Sorry, no: At this time, real time blood sugar monitoring requires capillary blood, which involves a needle prick. Some meters allow for use on palms an thighs, but the result is less accurate. Continuous glucose monitors can check bgs every 5 min to let your dr see 'the overall trend' over several days, but even then you still have to check finger stick 2-4 times daily to calibrate the monitor...See 1 more doctor answer
Yes: A meter can give you a false value, especially if it's old. If you get an unexpected result, it's a good idea to check it again before you act on it. You can check the accuracy of the meter by using the control solution that comes with it, or just check your blood through the meter right before getting your blood draw at the lab.
Where can I get a wireless real-time blood glucose monitor to use with a smartphone like shown on abc news?
Wireless glucometer: Because this is a relatively new product niche there aren't many options out there. One that I've come across (and am not providing a recommendation for or against) would be ibgstar, if you're looking for more options, try searching online for "smartphone glucometer".
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?
Normal blood sugars: Fasting, first thing in the morning, you want your sugar to be less than 100; 2 hr after you eat, it should be less than 150; you never want to see it over 200.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
Not yet: But much reasearch being done to find technology that is accurate enough for clinical care/ use by patients.
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.