What Are The Symptoms Of Low Blood Sugar And High Blood Sugar?

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Low Blood Sugar (hypoglycemia)

Low blood sugar, also known as hypoglycemia, can be a dangerous condition. Low blood sugar can happen in people with diabetes who take medicines that increase insulin levels in the body. Taking too much medication, skipping meals, eating less than normal, or exercising more than usual can lead to low blood sugar for these individuals. Blood sugar is also known as glucose. Glucose comes from food and serves as an important energy source for the body. Carbohydrates — foods such as rice, potatoes, bread, tortillas, cereal, fruit, vegetables, and milk — are the body’s main source of glucose. After you eat, glucose is absorbed into your bloodstream, where it travels to your body’s cells. A hormone called insulin, which is made in the pancreas, helps your cells use glucose for energy. If you eat more glucose than you need, your body will store it in your liver and muscles or change it into fat so it can be used for energy when it’s needed later. Without enough glucose, your body cannot perform its normal functions. In the short term, people who aren’t on medications that increase insulin have enough glucose to maintain blood sugar levels, and the liver can make glucose if nee Continue reading >>

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  1. Lanie G

    Ok, here it is in brief: the top four in accuracy with very good ratings in repeatability and convenience are
    1. Accu-Chek Compact Plus (score 79 out of 100)
    2. Accu-Chek Aviva (score 78)
    3. TRUEResult (Walgreens) (score 75)
    4. Bayer Breeze 2 (score 74)
    These received an excellent rating in accuracy and very good in repeatability and convenience. Most have those additional perks like downloading the info to your PC; some have a cartridge for loading the test strips for convenience.
    The article suggests not to focus on the price tag of the meter (from $9 for Walmart's ReliOn to $84 for OneTouch UltraSmart). These rated # 7 and #13 respectively. We need to consider the cost of the test strips, something we already know! Looking down the list of the 17 meters, the ones with the least expensive test strips are the ReliOn meters and TrueTrack (#16). CR based this cost per year on using four test strips a day.
    An interesting note is that the OneTouch UltraSmart received an excellent rating in accuracy but only good in repeatability and convenience which is why it wasn't in the top four above.
    The others with accuracy in parentheses:
    5. FreeStyle Freedom Lite (excellent) (score 70)
    6. TRUE2go (Walgreens) (very good) (score 69)
    7. ReliOn Confirm (very good) (score68)
    8. One Touch Ultra 2 (very good) (score 66)
    9. ReliOn Micro (excellent) (score 65)
    10. One Touch UltraMini (very good) (score 64)
    11. FreeStyle Lite (excellent) (score 63)
    12. ReliOn Ultima (very good) (score 62)
    13. OneTouch UltraSmart (excellent) (score 58)
    14. Bayer Countour USB (good) (score 54)
    15. Nova Max Plus Advanced Tech. (good) (score 54)
    16. TrueTrack (very good) (score 53)
    17. Bayer Contour ( good) (Mine! ) (score 52)
    Accuracy put the meters ahead of others but they lost points if their repeatability and convenience weren't also as good.
    CR says they compared these models with a standard laboratory analyzer and they had a panel of 6 people with diabetes rate their convenience.
    diabetes moderator
    diabetes type 2 controlled so far by diet and exercise
    very low carb way of eating

    Post Edited (LanieG) : 10/8/2011 12:29:08 PM (GMT-6)
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  2. Chaul22

    Cool, I think my last meter was One Touch Ultra, and my current one is AccuCheck Aviva with the extra accessory that allows me to download the readings for the past few weeks and print out a report. It plugs in as kind of an USB drive that has web page stored on it. You load the web page in your web browser and the device communicates with the meter to download the results in a readable form with daily graphs, trends, and of course the result diary. I would be curious to know how the same function has been implemented with other meter, and maybe they don't even require extra accessories.

  3. Sherrine

    As I've said before, I love my Breeze 2. The info can be downloaded into the computer but I don't do that. But, I just love the fact that the strips are in disks that hold ten strips. No more unwrapping of the strips and putting them in the meter. I just pull out a lever and out pops a strip!

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