Why Testing is Important for Diabetes

diabetes-hands2Diabetics have daily activities and plans that they must follow in order to stay healthy and keep the disease under control. One of the most important events of the day is the blood testing that needs to be done to monitor blood sugar levels. Each patient is different, and depending upon the severity of their diabetes, they may need to test anywhere from once a day to several times a day. The information on sugar levels can mean the difference between life and death for many diabetics.

With the technology of today, there are different methods available for patients to be able to check their levels. For someone that needs to check every few hours, it is can be more convenient to have a method that is easy to take along. A finger lancet is small enough to carry with you wherever you are going, so you can check with the lancet at regular intervals and keep better track of things. Unfortunately there are many diabetics who are unable to get the right amount of blood to get a good reading. In this case, there are pumps that can collect the right amount from different locations of the body. 

When blood glucose testing became available for diabetics to test at home, testing strips were the only method and they are still used by many today. At that time, however, it involved sticking the finger with a lancet and then squeezing a drop of blood on the testing strip. You then compared the results to the color chart on the tube the strips came in to see your blood sugar levels. Today, many monitors are now electronic and will give you an exact reading so there’s no guessing when the colors on the strip seem to be in between colors on their container. These monitors are also much faster, as you don’t have to wait for the blood to set on the strip. They can bring peace of mind to patients.

For those that have a hard time reading the results, there are glucose testers that will speak the results. This is perfect for those that are older and or have problems with their vision, and can help prevent mistakes in reading results. There is also a monitor that can get the results needed through the skin and only needs a finger prick, and the calibration on the monitor only needs to be done two times a day. Unfortunately, when it comes to testing blood glucose levels, the lancet has not been replaced and is still the only option, no matter which method you are using, when it comes to the testing. But, you can skip the strip with new equipment.

Testing blood glucose levels is a vital step diabetes patients must take in order to control and manage their medications. It gives the doctor notification if something is wrong, if medication needs to be adjusted or if perhaps the patient is not eating and exercising correctly. When a patient does not take readings as often as they should, it is possible that the disease could become worse. Letting the doctor know when readings are off can save a life and keep a patient healthy.

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