For millions of diabetics, using a glucose meter is a daily routine used for monitoring their blood sugar. The device provides convenience for people with diabetes, checking their blood sugar anytime, wherever they are. A drop of blood is place on a disposable glucose test strip. The selected testing site should be free of sugar residues to make the readings accurate for the user. The readings are different between times because of the rapid changes of glucose levels. The ups and down of blood sugar appears after taking insulin, meals, during exercises, or when a patient is under stress.
Glucose values are different among meters. Sometimes the reading displayed is false, because the glucose level is far from the range measurable by the meter. The problems should be reported to the manufacturer and government agencies regulating glucose meters. Elevated glucose readings which are false lead to excessive insulin treatment, resulting in hypoglycemic shock or death. During hospital stays, health professionals have to make sure that medication used does not contain other sugars.
To prevent harmful results, ask the hospital staffs about the safety methods like drug interaction alerts with patient profiles, and charts in a computer order entry system. When you think your blood glucose is low, use blood from a fingertip.
Meter accuracy can be affected by a test performed on unclean skin, substances in the blood like uric acid, glutathione, and Vitamin C. Consult your health care provider for the correct usage of the meter. Any unexpected side effects using medical product can be reported to Food and Drug Administration. Consumers have an important role for the protection of public health safety. An immediate report of faulty products to the government agencies means safety measures for public health, and prompts actions by the agency, protecting others from using them.
Regular blood glucose measurement alone does not control diabetes. A diabetic must subscribe to a healthy diet and lifestyle. The right meal plan helps the diabetics to keep their blood sugar under control. A dietitian can help diabetics plan meals and ensure proper nutrition for a better memory. Dieticians know that carbohydrates provide energy for the body in the form of glucose and that glucose is the basic source of energy for the cells of the body. They help diabetics balance this need for carbohydrates and the danger of having too much of them in a diabetics system. They can also include in the meal plans other nutrients that are helpful in fighting diabetes such as foods rich in fighting nerve damage, a very common complication of diabetes.