A simple finger prick blood sample provides an accurate indication of potentially harmful raised blood glucose.
Who is this test for?
- everyone, but strongly recommended for all adults aged 40+
- also strongly recommended for those suffering with raised cholesterol, as their risk of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) may be increased with diabetes
Why test and control blood glucose levels?
- raised blood glucose levels can lead to diabetes
- Diabetes affects 2 million people in the UK and is continuing to increase
- undiagnosed and badly managed diabetes can lead to other conditions, including significant problems with blood vessels, circulation, kidneys, eyesight and amputations
What is "blood Glucose level"?
- the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is also known as serum glucose level and is expressed in millimoles per litre (mmol/l).
- Normally, blood glucose levels stay within narrow limits throughout the day, but it can be raised after meals and low in the morning.
- For people with diabetes, the blood sugar level moves outside these limits until treated. Even with good management, the blood sugar level will still at times move outside the normal range.
How often should blood glucose levels be measured?
- It depends on lifestyle factors. People with low levels of physical activity, a poor diet or other medical conditions such as raised cholesterol should check glucose levels more frequently.
- Even healthy individuals would benefit from an annual check
What should I do if blood glucose is outside the normal range?
- In all cases, you should consult your doctor. Medical decisions must only be made
following professional advice.
How are the test components disposed of?
- After use all of the test components can be disposed of in normal household waste.