Usually, most of the food we eat is converted to Glucose (sugar) in the blood. The body produces insulin which stores this Glucose. The amount of Glucose circulating in the blood should be kept down this way, by storing it away. Diabetes is a condition where either the body stops producing insulin (in which case, we replace it with manufactured insulin), or the body becomes resistant to the effects of the body’s own insulin, in which case we give tablets to help store the glucose away.
Avoiding sugary foods also helps keep the Blood Glucose level down to the normal 4 to 7.
If one is sick, usually the Blood Glucose level rises. So it is important to keep on with the tablets.
If one isnt eating, it is better to slightly reduce the tablets (or insulin injections, if you are on them).
Driving the Blood Glucose level too low, by not eating enough, can cause a ‘hypo’ which can make you faint. In which case, a sugar cube is always a useful thing to have around.
Testing the urine with Diastix is a way of seeing how much Blood Glucose is: the amount of sugar in the urine (brown test result) usually mirrors the level of Blood Glucose. This is suitable for most Diabetics not taking Insulin.
For those diabetics taking insulin, testing the blood by finger prick is much more accurate. Generally, a Blood Glucose of over 15 is dangerous!. Ideally it should be under 7.
If you're readings are reasonable predictable, there is no need to test 2-3 times per day out of habit. Do come and show doctor/nurse Khristyne your log book for more strips.
The PCT health authority has recommended we change monitors to GlucoRx because some of the other meters strips cost up to £25 per box of 50. Marketing causes overpricing. GlucoRx strips cost £10 per box. All the local chemists have been instructed. You ought to be able to buy a meter for £15, as a one off cost to you. If you have any difficulties, the chemist or Khrystine here will be able to help.
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