If you look at your blood sugar
levels in between meals, you can get a sense of how well your body manages
When fasting blood sugar levels
are high it indicates your body is not lowering the level of sugar in the blood
effectively. This could be a case of
insulin resistance or inadequate insulin production. Sometimes, it’s a result
of both insulin resistance and a lack of insulin production. If your blood sugar is unusually low and you
are taking diabetic medication, the medication may be lowering your blood sugar
more than it should.
Fasting Blood Sugar Test
You will need to test your
fasting blood sugar levels. There are different types of fasting blood sugar tests,
a traditional blood sugar test, and the new glycosylated hemoglobin test. The test will measure how your body is
processing blood sugar over a given amount of time. The hemoglobin levels don’t fluctuate as much
and can provide you with a better indication of your sugar levels over time.
Generally, doctors ask people to
measure their blood sugar right after they’ve woken up in the morning and
before having anything to eat or to drink.
In certain cases, you might be asked to test your blood sugar either
before eating a meal or several hours after a meal when you’re blood sugar
level would normally have returned to normal.
Sometimes people with diabetes do
not have to test between meals. The
exception can occur when someone begins a diabetes drug designed to lower blood
sugar and doctors are attempting to monitor stability. On other occasions, someone who knows their
symptoms well might test between meals if they feel like sugar levels are low.
A person with type I diabetes may test multiple times a day because they aren’t
producing any insulin in the body. This
way they can factor in sugar levels before they take a dose of insulin.
Blood Sugar Testing Method
Testing involves preparing a test
strip and glucose monitor before taking a blood sample.
an alcohol swab, you want to clean the testing area thoroughly.
the testing area, and brace against a firm surface to keep the natural impulse
of pulling away under control.
out a drop of blood onto the test strip.
the strip into the test monitor.
It’s important to log the time of
the test, the blood glucose reading, and food and liquids you consumed recently
so that you can track all these items and how they might effect your sugar