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How To Lower Blood Glucose Levels

Blood sugar (glucose) is at the heart of diabetes management. Diabetes develops when your pancreas can no longer produce insulin in sufficient quantity, or your body becomes less sensitive to the insulin you produce. Without enough effective insulin, your blood sugar levels can get out of control. High blood glucose (hyperglycemia) is most common in type 2 diabetes. But any person with diabetes can have bouts of high blood sugar. Lowering your blood sugar is crucial to both short-term and long-term diabetes management. When left untreated, hyperglycemia can cause: eye damage cardiovascular disease kidney failure nerve damage (neuropathy) skin and gum infections joint problems diabetic coma Many people with diabetes can detect hyperglycemia. According to the Mayo Clinic, signs of high blood sugar start to develop when levels reach more than 200 mg/dL. Some common symptoms include: sudden, excessive fatigue severe headaches blurry vision increased urination abdominal pain nausea dry mouth confusion The goal is to prevent hyperglycemia before it starts. It can develop suddenly, but in many cases high blood sugar develops over the course of several days. Symptoms worsen the longer you Continue reading >>

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  1. FractalFaran

    Inaccuracy of glucometers

    Hi all!
    I recently compared result of my glucometer with laboratory results. used a blood drop form the same blood sample i gave in lab. Lab showed the glucose level 68 and my glucometer showed 81. Is this much inaccuracy common or is it too much?

  2. Caraline

    Hi FractalFaran
    Does your monitor measure in "whole blood" or "plasma like"? You can usually find this information in the tiny print that comes in the product information with your test strips. The labs measure in plasma and many of the newer meters calculate as "plasma like" even though the blood sample really is whole blood. There are still plenty of meters around those that measure in "whole blood" and they will be around 11% different I think.
    There is more to it though. Even if you measure your BGL on the same meter, with the same drop of blood but two strips one after the other, you are still likely to see a different reading.
    It gets worse if you compare with different meters. I have quite a collection here and I learned quiet early on that comparing readings on different meters is a fast trip to insanity.
    It is quite disconcerting but a sad fact of life that none of our meters are really that accurate.

  3. Freddy

    Originally Posted by FractalFaran
    used a blood drop form the same blood sample i gave in lab. Lab showed the glucose level 68 and my glucometer showed 81. Is this much inaccuracy common or is it too much? Hi FractalFaran!
    That's a very legitimate question! As Caraline mentioned, there is a difference between whole blood calibrated meters and plasma calibrated ones:
    - when yours is whole blood calibrated, the plasma equivalent would be around 90, and the difference with the lab would be 32%; far too much!
    - when yours is plasma calibrated, the difference with the lab would be 19%; still on the high side, but within reasons.
    This difference could, for example, partly be caused by a difference in temperature between outside and the room you were in: if it was rather cold outside and there was not enough time (at least 30 minutes) between when you came in and when the test was performed, a difference of more than 20 points could be the result.
    What meter are you using?...

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