You find out that you suffer from diabetes. It is a hard blow because once you develop this disease it will stay with you for life. There is no cure yet for this disease, though it can be kept totally under control with proper diet, medication, and good exercise.
What Is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease by which your body does not produce sufficient insulin (produced by the pancreas) to break up the sugar in the blood, causing it to accumulate. Lack of assimilation of glucose from the blood will result in many symptoms, such as constant fatigue since the glucose does not reach the muscles and tissues in the required amounts, continuous thirst and hunger, loss of weight and so on.
There are only two ways to fight this disease: (I) increase the insulin in the body with the help of injections and other medications, (II) control the intake of sugar to prevent its build up in the blood.
How Do You Measure The Diabetes Blood Sugar Level?
When you are diagnosed with diabetes, your diabetes blood sugar level will be measured through a blood test specially prescribed for this purpose. Subsequently, you can do this test in the safety of your home with the help of the glucose meter kits that are available for this purpose.
The doctor will have advised how to use this tool to measure the diabetes blood sugar level, and you can also read carefully the instructions that come with the kit. The process is simple and can be done by absolutely any adult. The following steps will be needed to measure your diabetes blood sugar level at home:
1. clean your hands by washing them for at least 3-4 minutes under running water
2. clean the area that you want to prick with a pad wet with surgical spirit. Most of the glucose meters will need blood from the fingertip; in rare cases, you can also get blood from the forearm, palm or any other fleshy part of your body.
3. when you prick a finger, do not do it the standard way – on the pad – but do it on the side; this will be less painful
4. once you finished pricking, collect a drop of blood on the glucose meter
5. the meter will almost immediately show you what diabetes blood sugar level you have
Once you have the reading, follow the instructions of the doctor carefully. In case of any doubts, get in touch with your closest diabetes center or your medical practitioner for further advice.