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Glucose Testing With Cold Hands

Glucose Testing With Cold Hands

Diabetes Forum The Global Diabetes Community This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More. Get the Diabetes Forum App for your phone - available on iOS and Android . Find support, ask questions and share your experiences. Join the community On many occasions my hands are cold and won't give me anywhere near enough blood to test with. Does anyone else have this issue and is there anything else i can do to enable me to test a little easier? If you are washing your hands before testing then the warm water should heat them up, if out I rub them together or tuck the hand under armpit, simples. I have cold hands and at first had trouble with testing, but now the blood appears obligingly. As above, warm water will help if it's available and you're washing your hands anyway, or just wave your arms around energetically (but, er, privately I would suggest) I always wash my hands in hot water before doing mine but I can still take 3 attempts! If it doesn't work then I give up as, being Type 2 diet only, it's not too much of a problem if I miss a reading. Start dancing around the room lol. Boosts your mood and your veins lol. Hope this helps. Captain Glucose Prediabetes Active Member On many occasions my hands are cold and won't give me anywhere near enough blood to test with. Does anyone else have this issue and is there anything else i can do to enable me to test a little easier? I find I either need to set the lancet slightly deeper or hang my arm by my side and milk my finger like the udder of a reluctant cow. On many occasions my hands are cold and won't give me anywhere near enough blood to test with. Does anyone else have this issue and is there anything else i can do to enable me to test a little easier? MY DSN Continue reading >>

All You Need To Know About The Glucose Tolerance Test

All You Need To Know About The Glucose Tolerance Test

Most of the food people eat is turned directly into glucose when digested, and the body uses it as energy. The pancreas is responsible for making the hormone insulin which helps to get glucose into the cells of the body. Diabetes is a long-term disease that occurs due to the pancreas not producing enough insulin or the body being unable to use the insulin it produces effectively. The body is unable to process food properly to use for energy. Glucose builds up in the blood, which can lead to severe health problems. There are two main types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults and is also known as juvenile diabetes. With type 1 diabetes the body does not produce insulin. According to The American Diabetes Association, only 5 percent of people with diabetes have type 1. Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In people with type 2 diabetes, their body does not use insulin properly, which is known as insulin resistance. The pancreas responds by making more insulin to cover the deficiency but is not able to keep blood glucose at normal levels. As glucose builds up in the blood, the body's cells do not receive the energy they need. Over time, high blood glucose levels can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and heart. Glucose tolerance test: Testing for diabetes A simple blood test can often detect diabetes. If the test produces borderline results, a glucose tolerance test may help with the final diagnosis. In a healthy person, glucose levels will rise after eating a meal and return to normal once the glucose is used or stored by the body. A glucose tolerance test can help to work out the difference between normal glucose levels and the levels seen in diabetes and prediabetes. The glucose tolerance test is used to measure t Continue reading >>

Little Things That Can Have A Big Impact On Your Blood Glucose Reading

Little Things That Can Have A Big Impact On Your Blood Glucose Reading

When you have diabetes, it's vital to make sure you're getting the most accurate reading when checking your blood glucose levels to ensure tight diabetes control. Emmy Suhl, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., at Joslin Diabetes Center, reviews different things that can impact your blood glucose reading and how to avoid them. Things that Can Affect your Blood Glucose Reading A dirty meter. Outdated test strips. If test strips are not compatible with the meter you're using, results may be inaccurate or no result will be obtained. If the wrong strip is used, it may not even fit into the slot or it may fit, but the meter won’t turn on, Suhl says. Substances left on your hands. For example, if there is a sugary substance on the finger used for lancing, even if it’s a small amount that can’t be seen, a high blood glucose reading can result. Temperature changes (heat/humidity/cold air). Not a big enough blood sample on the test strip. Wet fingers. Fluid mixes with blood and can cause an inaccurate reading. How to Avoid an Inaccurate Blood Glucose Reading Before using the meter for the first time and then again every few weeks, check your meter using the control solution, Suhl says. Control solution is only good for three months once opened. Label the control solution bottle with the date you open it. Check the date and shake control solution before using. The value the control solution gives should be in the target range printed on the strips container. Make sure strips are not expired. Check the date on the strip container. Make sure code on strip container matches the code on the meter. Wash hands in warm water and dry them off after. Massage hands before checking. Select site on one side of the center of a fingertip. Rotate sites for each check. Apply gentle pressure to lanced finge Continue reading >>

Flu And Cold Increase Sugar In Blood

Flu And Cold Increase Sugar In Blood

I'm roth, currenly I'm flu for 4days ago, and my blood test from 120 to 150 with random test with (ebsensor Blood Glucose test scripts). Could you tell in situation (cold, flu) can increase sugar in blood ? and I take medicine (Panamax 500mg, Oflozil 200mg, Axozine"Cetirizine Hydrochloride Tables 10mg", Methylprednisolone 16mg) with 4days Moderator T2 dx'd 2009, low carb diet, Metformin, Januvia. Hello and welcome to DD. Yes, some diabetics experience an increase in blood glucose when they're sick. It happened to me once when I had bronchitis. A call to your doctor might be in order. D.D. Family Getting much harder to control Hi and welcome for many flu and or cold can increase numbers a 150 is not bad some run that all the time which is not great but not bad. Welcome Roth. Sickness or stress and a variety of other things can have an effect on BG. this is my first time, I never test blood sugar during flu or cold like this before. I really thank you for all your reply with meaning full and motivation. I wish I can become normal or less than this after flu and cold is gone. D.D. Family Getting much harder to control this is my first time, I never test blood sugar during flu or cold like this before. I really thank you for all your reply with meaning full and motivation. I wish I can become normal or less than this after flu and cold is gone. I think your numbers look good I go to 200 with an illness but then that is me. Continue reading >>

Membrane Remodeling And Glucose In Drosophila Melanogaster: A Test Of Rapid Cold-hardening And Chilling Tolerance Hypotheses

Membrane Remodeling And Glucose In Drosophila Melanogaster: A Test Of Rapid Cold-hardening And Chilling Tolerance Hypotheses

Volume 55, Issue 3 , March 2009, Pages 243-249 Membrane remodeling and glucose in Drosophila melanogaster: A test of rapid cold-hardening and chilling tolerance hypotheses Author links open overlay panel Heath A.MacMillan Get rights and content Insect cold tolerance varies at both the population and species levels. Carbohydrate cryoprotectants and membrane remodeling are two main mechanisms hypothesised to increase chilling tolerance in Drosophila melanogaster, as part of both long-term (i.e., evolutionary) change and rapid cold-hardening (RCH). We used cold-selected lines of D. melanogaster with and without a pre-exposure that induces RCH to test three hypotheses: (1) that increased cold tolerance would be associated with increased free glucose; (2) that increased cold tolerance would be associated with desaturation of membrane phospholipid fatty acids; and (3) that increased cold tolerance would be associated with a change in phospholipid head group composition. We used colourimetric assays to measure free glucose and a combination of thin layer chromatography-flame ionization detection and gas chromatography to measure membrane composition. We observed a consistent decrease in free glucose with RCH, and no relationship between free glucose and basal cold tolerance. Also, phospholipid head group ratios and fatty acid composition showed no change following an RCH treatment. Thus, we conclude that changes in free glucose and membrane composition are unlikely to be significant determinants of variation in cold tolerance of D. melanogaster. Continue reading >>

Glucose Tolerance Test

Glucose Tolerance Test

QUOTE (ozbilby @ 12/04/2011, 10:52 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> The antibiotics should not be a problem but being sick can cause blood sugar levels to jump around a bit. QUOTE (kyuden @ 12/04/2011, 10:58 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}> The antibiotics will not cause an issue but being sick may cause your BSL to be higher or lower than normal. That said the GTT does not just look at BSL but some other markers that give guidelines to BSL levels in the past and the difference is what they are interested in. See that's what I was also thinking. I'm actually recovering from pneumonia and still have quite a productive cough (which includes getting all that gunk out Thanks for the advice, I will give the pathology place a call. I'm already at 'risk' because I have thyroid problems and PCOS, so I've been advised to expect an abnormal result already. Ugh, why can't anything be bloody easy! LOL. (I know I'm really getting off lightly compared to others, just having a whinge). I dont thinkk you can do it.My ob said if your sick that it can skew the results....best double check My bsl is always higher when I am sick even if I haven't been able to eat at all. I would wait until you are a bit better, not coughing so much and your temperature has settled down to pretty much normal. What everyone else has said, plus if you're having that drink when you already feel sick, it will make you feel so much worse. I did the test with a cold and couldn't keep the drink down, so I had to go back and do it another time anyway. Just wait until you feel better! Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Cold Weather

Diabetes And Cold Weather

Cold weather can be fun but can also make blood testing difficult Over the winter months people of all diabetes types tend to have higher HbA1c levels than during the warmer months. With snow, ice and frost all threatening, sugar levels can creep up whilst the temperature drops. With this in mind, we've compiled some tips to help keep your blood glucose levels under control during a cold snap. The cold weather can leave you with cold hands which can make blood testing more difficult. Don't let the cold put you off doing your tests though. Regular testing will help you to catch any highs, or lows, and keep your sugar levels under control. If your hands are cold, try warming them up on a warm mug or on a radiator with a towel or thick clothing over it, before doing your test. Even just a little physical activity each day can help your glucose levels in a number of supporting ways. A little activity each day will help with insulin sensitivity (in all types of diabetes) which can help the body to better regulate sugar levels. Particularly if you are using insulin, keep a watch of your blood sugar levels in case your insulin requirements go down. Bear in mind that activity can affect blood glucose for up to 48 hours. A little bit of exercise helps to keep you warm. We all know that whilst exercising we heat up, but the effects don't stop as soon as we stop exercising. We may feel cooler after stopping, if we've built up a sweat, but the longer term effects of exercise is to help with metabolism which can help to keep our body temperature up even hours after exercise and helps improve fitness levels . If you tend to feel cold during the winter months, a little more activity in your day could be just the thing. The saying 'healthy body, healthy mind' rings true. If you keep y Continue reading >>

How Hot And Cold Weather Affects Your Blood Sugar

How Hot And Cold Weather Affects Your Blood Sugar

Find a weather-proof location to exercise all year round. Working out in your living room or local gym, or even just walking your local mall are all good options. When temperatures start to get out of control, so can your blood sugar. Both hot and cold weather extremes can affect your testing equipment and your medications, and have a negative impact on your body’s ability to produce and use insulin. Research shows that when it’s hot out, more people with diabetes end up in the ER and are hospitalized because of heat illness. The number of deaths in diabetes patients due to heat illness also increases in summer. Low temperatures can be an issue for people with diabetes as well. But you don’t have to let the environment have the upper hand. Taking a few smart precautions can help you outsmart Mother Nature. Here are the adjustments to make depending on where you live and the weather forecast. 6 Tips to Survive the Summer Heat Take these steps to keep your diabetes under control when the temperature soars: Stay hydrated. Lori Roust, MD, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, explains, “The problem is that in the heat, people tend to get dehydrated easily. When you’re dehydrated, you have higher concentrations of blood sugar because less blood flows through your kidneys. With less blood, your kidneys don’t work as efficiently to clear out any excess glucose (blood sugar) from your urine.” When it’s hot, be sure to drink plenty of water or sugar-free drinks. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to replenish fluids. Store your medications properly. High summer temps can affect your diabetes medications, glucose meter, and diabetes test strips. “When it’s hot out, it’s easy for insulin and other drugs to become degraded,” Dr. Roust says. Be su Continue reading >>

Over-the-counter Meds That Raise Blood Glucose

Over-the-counter Meds That Raise Blood Glucose

From cough syrup to decongestants, here are the over-the-counter drugs that may affect your blood glucose Continue reading >>

Factors That Can Affect The Glucose Tolerance Test

Factors That Can Affect The Glucose Tolerance Test

Factors that Can Affect the Glucose Tolerance Test I have failed the glucose tolerance test in half of my pregnancies. In the first and fourth, I failed the one hour test and had to go for the three hour. As anyone who has gone though this can attest, it is not an enjoyable experience. The test takes three hours and you cant eat after midnight on the night before the test. So if the lab opens at nine in the morning, you wont eat until lunchtime. Most pregnant women dont fare well when they skip eating for the morning. I know I didnt. What I never realized is the factors that affect the test and what can be done to improve the odds of passing. Certain medications can affect the test, causing you to fail. Talk to your health care provider about any prescription medications you may be taking before scheduling the test. Some fairly common medications can have a negative effect. Some of these wont be a problem right now, such as birth control pills. A few of the other drugs that can affect the test include certain blood pressure medications, anti inflammatory drugs known as NSAIDS and seizure medications. You can prepare for the test by eating a healthy diet in the days leading up to the glucose test. A healthy diet that includes complex carbohydrates is the best choice. Include foods such as fruits, vegetables, rice, grains, bread, cereal and crackers for three days before the test. Carbs are important because people who follow low carb diets tend to do poorly on the glucose test. If you are not feeling well on the day of the test, you may want to reschedule. In some cases, an illness can affect the glucose tolerance test. Fever, vomiting or infection are some of the symptoms that may warrant postponing the test. Should you decide to wait, dont wait to long to reschedule t Continue reading >>

Diabetes And Colds

Diabetes And Colds

Colds aren't fun for anyone, but if you have diabetes, all that sniffling and sneezing comes with an extra risk. When you're sick, there's a chance your blood sugar levels could go up. Some smart strategies can get you back on track. Why Is My Blood Sugar Going Up? When you have a cold, your body sends out hormones to fight the infection. The downside: That makes it hard for you to use insulin properly, and your blood sugar levels may rise. If you have type 1 diabetes and your blood sugar levels get hard to manage, it can lead to problems like ketoacidosis. That's a buildup of too much acid in your blood and it's potentially life-threatening. If you have type 2 diabetes, especially if you're older, very high blood sugar can bring on a serious condition called diabetic coma. How Often Should I Check My Blood Sugar? Check it at least every 3 or 4 hours when you're sick with a cold. If your levels aren't near your target, you can tweak your diabetes management plan -- your doctor may tell you to use more insulin if your blood sugar levels are too high. What Should I Eat and Drink? You may not feel hungry when you first get sick, but it's important to try to eat something anyway. You can have foods from your regular meal plan. The American Diabetes Association recommends you try to eat something with about 15 grams of carbohydrates every hour or so. Some foods to try: 3-ounce fruit juice bar 1/2 cup frozen yogurt 1/2 cup cooked cereal If you don't eat, your blood sugar might fall too low. *CGM-based treatment requires fingersticks for calibration, if patient is taking acetaminophen, or if symptoms/expectations do not match CGM readings, and if not performed, may result in hypoglycemia. Please see important risk and safety information. If you have a fever, vomiting, or diarr Continue reading >>

Cold Virus And Blood Glucose

Cold Virus And Blood Glucose

D.D. Family Am on low calorie and low carb diet. DX 1997 I've been battling a cold for a week now and it's gone to my chest and finally broke, in the sense that I'm coughing easilly etc. I've not had a fever nor stuffed nose, just sore throat, heaviness in the chest and a productive cough. I've had this before some time ago however this time the attack was milder. I can't remember if I did a whole lot of bg testing before and don't know where the notes for that year are. This time I've had to contend with bgs between 9 - 10.5 (162 - 187) pp (2 hours after) and this is very unusual for me as I'm normally in the 6 - 6.5 (108 - 117) range. Drastically cutting my carbs even further has now reduced the range down to 8 - 9 (144 - 162). I've not had any complications apart from mild tingling in my feet and I'm not tired. Is it normal to get elevated bgs for a cold? I can understand getting it for flu (that's how I came to be originally dx). I think a lot of us do. The way it was explained to me was when your body is fighting a cold or infection, hormones are produced to help you fight the cold. Some of these are stress hormones that give you extra energy to stay healthy. These signal the liver to over produce glucose. It is our body's way of staying alive. Too bad there's not a off/on switch to tell our liver we don't need that extra glucose. yeah BS should rise if your fighting off something - sometimes when you see your sugars do a sharp rise and have pains somewhere big indication of possible infection coming in. I've had that happen. I hope you feel better soon. D.D. Family T2 dx Dec '06 Metformin SR 2000mg, Victoza 1.2mg I'm having the same problem, I have a cold, and my temperature is raised. It is affecting my bg levels, definitely higher than usual. I think that's pre Continue reading >>

'get Outside And Embrace The Cold:' Gestational Diabetes Linked To Warmer Temperatures

'get Outside And Embrace The Cold:' Gestational Diabetes Linked To Warmer Temperatures

Canadian researchers have uncovered a direct link between risk of gestational diabetes and what may at first seem like an unlikely source: outdoor air temperatures. In Monday's issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, researchers report the relationship they found after checking records of nearly 400,000 pregnant women in the Greater Toronto Area who gave birth between 2002 and 2014. "This is the first population study showing this relationship between air temperature and gestational diabetes risk," said lead author Dr. Gillian Booth, a scientist at St. Michael's Hospital and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. Alicia Dubay's gestational diabetes illustrates the stakes for women at high risk of developing the condition. Left untreated, the temporary form of diabetes in pregnancy can result in stillbirth, increase the risk of having a difficult delivery and increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes for mom and baby. "I remember after I got my diagnosis, I called my husband crying really, really hard, because I was nervous and worried about it what it meant for me and for my baby," Dubay, 32, recalled. Women typically take a glucose drink test 24 to 28 weeks into their pregnancy to see if their blood sugar levels are high. Dubay's baby girl, Seraphina Rose, was born healthy and full term at 37 weeks in December 2015. A short stay in the neonatal ICU to check that the infant was fine at regulating her blood sugars was the only effect related to the Brampton, Ont., mom's gestational diabetes. "There were a few things that were really challenging," Dubay said. "Just keeping on top of all the scheduling of everything that you need to do" to manage the condition while working full time. It included: Carefully planned and prepared meals and snacks. B Continue reading >>

Colds And Illness

Colds And Illness

When you are poorly with colds and illness or vomiting, you may notice a rise in blood sugar levels as your body fights to get better. The body releases extra glucose and having gestational diabetes means that you cannot create or use enough insulin to help normalise your blood sugar levels. Dehydration With higher blood sugar levels your body will cause more frequent urination to help flush out the excess glucose, this in turn can lead to dehydration. Make sure you increase fluid intake if you are poorly. How to make yourself feel better Drink plenty Try to eat little and often to maintain blood sugar levels Frequently test blood sugar levels so that you can see what's happening Take paracetamol to bring down temperatures and give pain relief Try sugar free throat lozenges for sore throats such as Halls sugar free throat sweets Try applying Vicks Vaporub on your neck for sore throats, or on the soles of your feet with colds Try drinking hot water, lemon and ginger for colds Have a warm, steamy shower or bath to clear airways For help with advice when vomiting, take a look at our hyperemesis page here. Consult a medical professional if you are concerned or symptoms persist. If you cannot keep food down then you should contact your hospital Diabetes and infections Bacteria feed from increased glucose levels and the reduced function of neutrophils (white blood cells that attack infection) in the body mean that diabetics are more susceptible to infection. Gestational diabetes also increases the susceptibility to various types of infections. The most common infections are urinary tract, yeast infections such as thrush and skin infections. If you suspect you may be suffering with any type of infection then please seek medical advice. In many cases, medication may be required Continue reading >>

How Does Cold Weather Affect Diabetes?

How Does Cold Weather Affect Diabetes?

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