Type II diabetes is the most common diabetes in the UK, with as many as a million people suffering from type II diabetes who have not been diagnosed. Blood glucose testing is an important part of diabetes care, as it can help you to manage your diabetes and potentially prevent complications.
What is diabetes?
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases defines diabetes as: “a disease that occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough – or any – insulin or doesn’t use insulin well/ Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells. “
If your body is not making any insulin this is known as Type I diabetes, whereas if your body is producing insulin but not enough of it or the insulin your body is producing is not working effectively, then this is known as Type II diabetes.
Both types of diabetes can cause a number of different health issues for you and so it is important to check on your blood glucose levels as soon as you start to suffer from related symptoms – and you can now do this from the comfort of your own home with the Fit2FlyTest Blood Glucose Test.
When should you test for Diabetes?
Diabetes can cause a multitude of different health issues if left untreated – from kidney damage to cardiovascular disease. This is why it is so important to do a blood glucose test as soon as possible so that you can begin treatment as soon as possible.
Some common symptoms of diabetes are:
- Chronic fatigue
- Dry eyes or blurred vision
- Dry mouth or tongue
- Feeling hungry despite eating your recommended calorie intake per day
- Itchy skin
- Pain or numbness in the hands (Type II Diabetes)
- Persistent thirst
- Unexpected weight loss (Type I Diabetes)
- Urinating more than 10 times a day
The Fit2FlyTest Blood Glucose Test is a simple and reliable test that will show you whether your blood sugar is in the normal range.
In most healthy individuals the fasting blood glucose level is between 3.9 and 6.12mmol/L (70 and 110mg/L) Stedmans Medical Dictionary, 28 Edition, 200: App 104.
Using the Blood Glucose Test is not a substitute for regular medical checkups with your doctor. Always check with them before making any important medical decisions.
Ideally, you should test your blood glucose levels on an empty stomach, which means you should not eat or drink anything for a period of 12 hours before performing the test.
You should look at your test results in daylight or in good lighting in order to be able to read your result accurately.
Who should test their blood glucose levels?
It is strongly recommended that all adults aged 40 and over should regularly test their blood sugar levels, as well as those who are suffering from raised cholesterol as they will be more at risk of hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) if they are also suffering from diabetes.
What does “blood glucose level” mean?
Blood glucose level refers to the level of glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is also sometimes known as the serum glucose level.
The unit used in the UK for blood glucose is mmol/L (millimoles per litre).
The normal blood sugar range for adults and children above the age of 7 is between 3.9mmol/L (70mg/dL) and 6.1mmol/L (110mg/dL). Normally blood glucose levels stay within these narrow limits throughout the day, but they can be raised after meals and low in the morning. If your test result is within these limits then you can use the second test included in the pack a few days or a week later in order to confirm your result.
For people with diabetes, the blood glucose level moves outside these limits until treated. If your test result is clearly below 3.9mmol/L (70mg/dL) or above 6.1mmol/L (110mg/dL) then your blood sugar level is outside the normal range at the time you took the test. You should then do the second test (included in the pack) on a different day. If the result is outside of the normal range again, then you should let your doctor know and discuss the next steps. Medical decisions should only be made following profe
How often should I check my blood glucose levels?
The frequency of blood glucose tests depends on various lifestyle factors. Healthy people would benefit from checking their levels at least once a year, while people with a poor diet, other medical conditions or low levels of physical activity should check their glucose levels more frequently.
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- Diabetes UK – Blood Sugar Levels and Testing
- Mayo Clinic: Blood sugar testing: Why, when and how
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Diabetes
- NHS: Diabetes