Diabetes is one of the most friendly diseases, it’s doesn’t require that much effort to deal with, so chill out and read on. Let’s first get to know diabetes closer; first, diabetes happens when the body produces high levels of sugar in blood due to the absence of insulin, producing low amounts or the disability of the body to use the insulin properly. So, whether you doubt or not, you should usually run diabetes tests as a sort of checking up. There are some symptoms of diabetes that you should pay special attention to if you observed any of them like, frequent feeling of thirsty, urination or fatigue.
If you felt any of theses symptoms, give a visit to your doctor and ask him or her about the required tests that you should do. But, don’t freak out, some of the previous symptoms could happen because of some other disease like neurotic bladder for example, that is why you should run the tests to define exactly what you are going through.
Diabetes happens for many reasons like, poor eating habits (especially too much carbohydrates), over weight, smoking and sometimes genetic, so if you have any diabetes family history, regular check ups are a must to avoid any future health problems. How dangerous is it? This question must be running in your mind, right? There is no definite answer for this question, because your life style is the answer.
Diabetes is a very friendly disease as I mentioned before and following a healthy life style that includes healthy diet and habits will definitely make it much easier for you. In this case the answer of the question will be no, it’s not dangerous at all. But if you ignored the whole thing and you decided to follow the same bad habits that basically caused you diabetes, then I think you should reconsider this options, because you are literally killing yourself. Your health is a precious gift, so do your best to keep it in good shape.
Ok, now let’s move to talk about the different kinds of diabetes tests that your doctor will ask you to run that will tell whether or not you a diabetic patient. The first one and the most popular one is the fasting blood glucose. This test is made to measure the blood glucose levels and it’s done by asking the person to fast for about 8 to 11 hours before running the test and then a blood sample is taken to run the test on. If the result came 100 or less milligrams per deciliter, then the person is diabetes free, if the result came more than 100 like, 126 milligrams per deciliter for example, this would be a pre diabetic case and if the result is higher than 126, this could be a positive result of diabetes.
The second type is called the random blood glucose test, this test is like the previous one, it’s done to measure the glucose levels in blood as well, but the difference is the person doesn’t have to fast to run it. In this test the safe result if lower than 200 milligram per deciliter, but if the result came higher than that range, this could be a positive result of diabetes. Some doctors ask the patient to run both tests to get accurate results.
The third type is the urine test, this test will show the sugar levels in urine, in this test the doctor asks the patient to get a urine symbol ( you can prepare it at the lap or at home). In most cases doctors ask for this test as a matter of confirmation, but the blood tests are still more accurate.
If you are a diabetic patient or you just want to measure your blood sugar levels regularly, you can buy the blood sugar test kit, you can easily use at home. These test kits are available world wide and you can find it in most local pharmacies. It’s so easy to use and most kits give accurate results. You will prick your finger tip with a needle (it’s included with kit and designed especially for blood sugar tests), then you will squeeze your finger to get a blood drop, you will then put this blood drop on a strip (they come with the kit and you can get extra strips from the pharmacy), then you will put this strip in a meter that will give you the result right away.
There are some tips that you should consider before taking or running any blood or urine sugar test. You should be in a good shape and not sick when you take the blood test, because some illness cases raise the blood sugar levels in your blood and that may lead to wrong diagnosis. You should also avoid taking any medications, drinking coffee or smoking before running the tests, because all these factors may raise the blood sugar levels in your blood as well.