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...