Blood Sugar Test
A blood sugar test is a procedure that measures the amount of sugar, or glucose, in your blood. When it comes to managing diabetes, it is all about blood sugar. If your blood sugar (or “blood glucose”) levels get too high or too low, it can drastically alter your mood, your well-being, and even your long-term health. There are many ways to monitor blood sugar.
What is the procedure for the test?
We prick your finger with a small, sharp needle (called a lancet) and put a drop of blood on a test strip. Then test strip shows your blood sugar level in less than 15 seconds.
Blood sugar tests provide instant results and let you know the following:
- If your diet or exercise routine needs to change;
- How your diabetes medications or treatment is working;
- If your blood sugar levels are high or low;
- The feasibility of your overall treatment goals for diabetes.
Your risk for diabetes increases if any of the following factors are true:
- You are 45 years old or older;
- Are overweight;
- Don’t exercise much;
- Have high blood pressure, high triglycerides, or low good cholesterol levels (HDL);
- You have a history of gestational diabetes or giving birth to a baby who weighed over 9 pounds;
- Have a history if insulin resistance;
- You experienced strokes or hypertension;
- Family history of diabetes.
After testing your blood sugar, you will receive Low Glycaemic Dietary Guidelines.