For those that have recently been diagnosed with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes, one of the most unfamiliar parts of treatment is undoubtedly the requirement of daily diabetes testing. Any doctor will tell you that it is essential for all patients living with diabetes to engage in daily testing of their blood sugar levels.
This is the only way to know when it is necessary to alter your dietary plans for the day so that your blood sugar levels can stay the most consistent. To regularly engage in diabetes testing is also one of the best ways to prevent the development of any of the additional complications that can arise from having diabetes, like heart disease or neuropathy.
There are several different aspects of diabetes testing that you should keep in mind when developing a schedule for how you will test and looking for the testing supplies that will best suit your needs as a diabetic. Traditionally, blood sugar testing takes place at home, where you are comfortable and have all of the supplies nearby that you will need. Usually, the diabetic will obtain a very small sample of blood from their finger by pricking it with a very small needle that is known as a lancet. Once the blood sample has been obtained, the patient will place the sample on a test strip that will then be fed into a blood glucose monitoring device that will then give them a reading of the level of their blood sugar levels.
Because this traditional type of diabetes testing can be very painful when fingers are pricked in the same places every day, there have been recent developments in blood testing technologies that allow you to obtain samples from other areas of your body, like the arm or thigh. Although these areas can be much more comfortable for the patient, blood take from these areas does not always provide the most accurate information, as the blood in the finger tips will exhibit changes in the sugar levels of the blood earlier than other areas.
Because blood sugar levels tend to fluctuate the most immediately after eating be sure to bring along diabetes testing supplies whenever you are dining out with friends. Keep in mind that you should test and administer insulin if needed, within 15 to 30 minutes after consuming food. If you are pretty good about consuming the right types of food at regular times throughout the day, this should be no problem.
Mr. Gerd van Hass