Blood Glucose Meter
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Blood Glucose Meter
By Jennifer Kenny
1 Fred was diagnosed with diabetes as a child. He has been monitoring his blood glucose since then. He requires insulin to maintain a healthy blood sugar level. Corrine was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. She takes a measurement of her blood sugar level several times a day so that she and her unborn baby will stay as healthy as possible. James is on a special diet to control his blood sugar. He doesn't require insulin. His test results keep him on the healthy track for appropriate food and exercise. What tool do all of these individuals have in common? They all use blood glucose meters.
2 Why are blood glucose meters necessary? Food, medicine, exercise, and illness all affect blood sugar levels. Diabetics need to control these levels. By keeping track of their numbers before meals, after meals, and even during the night, diabetics can adjust diet, activity, medicine, or insulin to keep the numbers on track.
3 Different patients will test a different number of times. Physicians will give the specific instructions. However, in general, those with Type 1 Diabetes test three or more times a day. Those with gestational diabetes need to test at least two times a day. Those with type 2 diabetes vary. Diabetics must test their glucose levels at home, at school, at work, at rest, and at play. Other blood tests and urine tests may be helpful, too.
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