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Diabetes: Choosing And Using Your Glucose Meter

The process of monitoring one's own blood glucose with a glucose meter is often referred to as self-monitoring of blood glucose or "SMBG." To test for glucose with a typical glucose meter, place a small sample of blood on a disposable "test strip" and place the strip in the meter. The test strips are coated with chemicals (glucose oxidase, dehydrogenase, or hexokinase) that combine with glucose in blood. The meter measures how much glucose is present. Meters do this in different ways. Some measure the amount of electricity that can pass through the sample. Others measure how much light reflects from it. The meter displays the glucose level as a number. Several new models can record and store a number of test results. Some models can connect to personal computers to store test results or print them out. Choosing a Glucose Meter At least 25 different meters are commercially available. They differ in several ways including: Amount of blood needed for each test Testing speed Overall size Ability to store test results in memory Cost of the meter Cost of the test strips used Newer meters often have features that make them easier to use than older models. Some meters allow you to get bloo Continue reading >>

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  1. leslie10152

    Ice water, a potential hazard?

    This is a point that I wanted to raise. Many diabetics in early stage or pre-diabetic appear to be drawn to ice water or very cold beverages when they are frequently in need of fluid replenishment. This can cause problems with digestive processes by lowering the operating temperature of the stomach, slowing and even halting digestive process. This can lead to excessive production of fat storage and even build up of pathegenic bacteria in the gut due to slow passage of food through the stomach and intestine.
    I know from personal experience, during the early stage of onset I craved any form of fluid that was ice cold. Anything up to 6-8 litres per day, and my weight climbed markedly. In the final stages before the collapse, it fell drastically.
    I have read some articles on this subject, so it would be wise to persue this further.

  2. GrantGam

    It's an interesting point @leslie10152.
    On the other side of the coin, slowing the digestive process can have a beneficial impact on post prandial BG's. An example of this incretin mimetics, which are becoming more and more popular with T2's. It's an interesting one because high post prandial BG can result in the production of excess insulin which may lead to weight gain.
    Food for thought

  3. Robinredbreast

    leslie10152 said: ↑
    This is a point that I wanted to raise. Many diabetics in early stage or pre-diabetic appear to be drawn to ice water or very cold beverages when they are frequently in need of fluid replenishment. This can cause problems with digestive processes by lowering the operating temperature of the stomach, slowing and even halting digestive process. This can lead to excessive production of fat storage and even build up of pathegenic bacteria in the gut due to slow passage of food through the stomach and intestine.
    I know from personal experience, during the early stage of onset I craved any form of fluid that was ice cold. Anything up to 6-8 litres per day, and my weight climbed markedly. In the final stages before the collapse, it fell drastically.
    I have read some articles on this subject, so it would be wise to persue this further.
    Click to expand... Before being diagnosed with type 1, I was drinking straight from a tap, any tap that helped my insatiable thirst !

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