Blood Glucose Monitoring - Diabetes Tests
What Is A Blood Glucose Test? When you eat sugars and starches (carbohydrates), your body breaks them down into glucose (a type of sugar) as a source of energy. Blood glucose test measures the amount of glucose in your blood. Insulin is a hormone that manages the level of glucose in your blood by stimulating your body to use up or store excess glucose. Diabetes occurs when your body can't produce enough insulin to control glucose levels (known as Type I diabetes) or your body becomes resistant to insulin (known as Type II diabetes). With both types of diabetes, the result is too much glucose in your blood.
What Are The Side Effects Of Diabetes? Diabetes can cause a lot of damage if left untreated: kidney damage, strokes, heart disease, eye damage/blindness, nerve damage and circulation disorders which can lead to limb amputation.
The early stages of diabetes usually lacks obvious, noticeable symptoms. A blood glucose test is a simple way to test for the symptoms of diabetes.
What Happens During A Blood Glucose Test? Our pharmacist will take a small sample of blood via a finger prick and a machine will read your blood glucose level. The test is quick and easy, taking less than a minute of your time. If you have a family history of diabetes, have high cholesterol or are overweight, a blood glucose test can be of particular importance.