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Process Essay

  • Submitted by: bsinghmdwst
  • on November 25, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 576 words

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Blood Glucose Testing Why and How

    A blood glucose test measures the amount of glucose in a blood. Glucose is the bodies

major source of energy. Our bodies break down food into glucose and other nutrients,

which are then absorbed into the bloodstream from the gastrointestinal tract. Glucose

levels in the blood rise after a meal and trigger the pancreas to make the hormone insulin

and release it into the blood.

    Diabetes is the most common cause of abnormal rises in blood sugar. People with

Diabetes either cannot make or cannot respond to insulin properly. This means they must

carefully monitor their glucose levels and follow a doctor-prescribed management plan

that uses diet, medications, and exercise to keep those levels within a healthy range.

      Testing of the level of glucose is an integral part of managing diabetes.

Without the ability to test the level of glucose in the blood stream, a diabetic would

become hypo/hyperglycemic. Testing allows a diabetic to adjust what they consume or

the amount of insulin needed. The following paragraphs will describe the proper testing

with a Glucometer.

      Blood glucose testing begins with a glucometer that is properly calibrated.

Equipment needed for calibration a glucometer, testing solution, and test strips. Begin by

inserting a test strip into the glucometer. Then apply a small amount of high solution to the

tip of the strip. The meter will display a number, make sure the number falls within the

range on the high solution. Repeat the same procedure with the normal solution.

      The equipment you will need to test your blood glucose. Calibrated glucometer, test

strips, a lancet and a alcohol prep pad. To begin wash your hands. You will want to pick a

suitable location to administer the lancet. The preferable location is the tip of a finger.

Wipe off the tip of the finger that you have chose with the alcohol prep pad, and...

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