Beginners Guide to Blood Sugar Test


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A blood sugar test is a routine part of diabetes care. The results of this test can help you and your health care team to make decisions about your diabetes treatment. A blood sugar test may also be done if you have symptoms of high or low blood sugar levels.

Blood Sugar Tests Can be Done in Two Ways:

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1. A finger stick blood sugar test uses a small needle to prick your finger and collect a drop of blood. This type of test can be done at home or in your health care provider’s office.

2. A lab test measures the sugar in a sample of your blood that is taken from a vein in your arm. This type of test is done in a health care provider’s office or at a lab.

Blood Sugar Levels Can be Affected by Many Factors, Such As:

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1. What you ate or drank

2. How much you exercised

3. Stress

4. Illness

5. Hormone changes (such as during puberty or menopause)

You May Need to Test Your Blood Sugar More Often When Any of These Things Happen:

The normal range for blood sugar is different for everyone. A normal blood sugar level is between 70 mg/dL and 100 mg/dL. You will need to work with your health care team to decide what your target blood sugar levels should be.

If your blood sugar levels are higher or lower than your target levels, you may need to adjust your diabetes treatment.

Treating High Blood Sugar Levels (Hyperglycemia):

If your blood sugar level is higher than your target level, there are several things you can do to lower it:

1. Check for ketones with a urine test if you have type 1 diabetes.

2. Drink plenty of fluids, especially water. This will help to flush the sugar out of your body.

3. Exercise if you are able. Exercise can help to lower your blood sugar level.

4. Take your diabetes medication as prescribed by your health care provider.

5. Check your blood sugar level again in 15 minutes. If it is still high, repeat steps 1-Treating low blood sugar levels (hypoglycemia)

If your blood sugar level is lower than your target level, there are several things you can do to raise it:

1. Eat or drink a quickly absorbed source of sugar, such as glucose tablets, honey, or fruit juice.

2. Check your blood sugar level again in 15 minutes. If it is still low, repeat steps 1-3.

Supplements to Take for Controlling Blood Sugar Level:

When it comes to blood sugar levels, there are a few supplements that can help to keep them in check. Chromium is a mineral that helps the body to use insulin, which can help to regulate blood sugar levels. Alpha-lipoic acid is another supplement that can help to improve insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar levels. Additionally, magnesium can help to improve insulin sensitivity and decrease blood sugar levels. These are just a few of the many supplements that can help to regulate blood sugar levels. Work with your healthcare team to determine which supplements are right for you.

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