What Is A Diabetic Test Strips?

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Glucose Meter

Four generations of blood glucose meter, c. 1993–2005. Sample sizes vary from 30 to 0.3 μl. Test times vary from 5 seconds to 2 minutes (modern meters typically provide results in 5 seconds). A glucose meter is a medical device for determining the approximate concentration of glucose in the blood. It can also be a strip of glucose paper dipped into a substance and measured to the glucose chart. It is a key element of home blood glucose monitoring (HBGM) by people with diabetes mellitus or hypoglycemia. A small drop of blood, obtained by pricking the skin with a lancet, is placed on a disposable test strip that the meter reads and uses to calculate the blood glucose level. The meter then displays the level in units of mg/dl or mmol/l. Since approximately 1980, a primary goal of the management of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes mellitus has been achieving closer-to-normal levels of glucose in the blood for as much of the time as possible, guided by HBGM several times a day. The benefits include a reduction in the occurrence rate and severity of long-term complications from hyperglycemia as well as a reduction in the short-term, potentially life-threatening complications of hyp Continue reading >>

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  1. Pinnig

    I wonder if anyone could tell me if they have had a similar reaction.
    I was diagnosed in June and my Hb1AC was 8.5. Got it down with diet weight loss and exercise alone to 7.2 in October. However, I hadn'd been feeling so great for the last month or so and some of my symptoms pre diagnosis were creeping back. So I went back to the practice nurse last week and had some more tests done. My urine sample was loaded with sugar, my fasting bg in the surgery that morning was 14 and my test results came back with an Hb1AC that had risen to 7.5.
    I started metformin 500mg with my evening meal on Thursday. That's to increase to 500mg three times a day over the next three weeks. I've fely a bit icky but nothing serious - except a stonking headache I can't shift even with paracetamol. Everything I've read on the patient leaflet with the medicine and on here suggests that could be a side effect. It's hideous and I am not looking forward to getting through a working week with a headache like this.
    Has anyone had a similar experience and how long might it last? I fear it may get worse as I up the doseage. Thanks

  2. leather_ferret

    I am a total newbie here. I was diagnosed on Thursday & started on a three week build up of Metformin 500 on Friday.
    My readings have been been swinging between 17ish and 26 over the weekend and unsurprisingly I'm peeing and drinking for England.
    I too have had stonking headaches which felt very 'hangovery' Then the penny dropped!
    I wondered if I was drinking enough to keep up with the waste disposal department. :?
    I consciously up my intake of water and the headaches fade away over the next hour.
    Of course, this may be totally unrelated to your case & I could be wrong in mine too.
    Hang on here for some wiser heads to advise and I will be watching eagerly for the answers too.
    be good & be lucky

  3. Pinnig

    Thanks for your reply Dave. I too wondered if i could be a bit dehydrated so upped my fluid intake but the headache persists. I'm just hoping it's a side effect that'll fade soon cos it's quite literally doing my head in!!!

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