This is the frequently asked question by many diabetics. Most diabetics are worried to know the normal range blood sugar levels. There are few diabetes related tests which help to diagnose diabetes even at pre-diabetic stage. Some diabetes related test help the diabetic to ascertain how well he is managing his disease.
People with diabetes should limit the amount of alcoholic beverages they drink. Alcohol usually has a high sugar content. Drinking too much of it can affect the blood sugar levels by causing it to rise. Alcohol can also interfere with insulin or some diabetes medicine. If you want to have a drink avoid sugary drinks, cordials or wines.
Two hours after meals is another significant time to test your blood glucose levels to be able to monitor how your nutritional intake have influenced the blood glucose levels in your body.
The Oral glucose Tolerance Test – when doing this, the patient is asked to refrain from drinking water for at least 10 hours before the actual test. This fast should not exceed 16 hours, though. First, blood is extracted from the patient and then he is asked to drink ‘glucola’ or 94 mg dl cola. This high-sugar drink usually has 75 grams of glucose in it (for pregnant women, 100 grams is required). After 30 minutes to 3 hours, blood is again extracted from the patient. Then the doctor will be able to tell if he has diabetes or not by reading the patient’s glucose levels.
The next kit to mention is called the Accu-Chek Meters. This system comes with a large easy to read display, and pre and post meal markers. This kit also provides post meal test reminders with a seven to ninety day average.
Genetics also plays a role in diabetes. For type 2 the risk increases if your family tree includes any of these genes: African American, Alaskan native, Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic/Latino.
In other words, the glucose strips usually will be the vast majority of your cost. Therefore, the cost of the strips must be your first attention. Even if you get free a certain product of blood glucose monitor, but if the cost of the strips is expensive, then it is much better to consider another product with the same quality or better.
In the end it is very important that a person get his glucose levels checked often, as some of the sugar related disorders can strike without any prior warning. Also please consult your doctor or physician for the best advice and information on normal blood glucose levels and any symptoms you may be having.