If you have any suspicion or have been concerned you may have diabetes, unfortunately you're not alone. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) 29 million Americans suffer from Diabetes while 1 out of 4 doesn't know. There are several warning signs that are associated with diabetes and if caught early, in most cases, Diabetes can be treated properly and controlled properly.
First, let's take a look at a list of warning signs for early diabetes detection:
Early Warning Signs of Diabetes:
• Excessive Thirst
• Dry Skin (Especially on feet)
• Poor circulation in feet
• Sweet-scented Breath
• Stomach Issues
• Lack of Concentration
• Frequent Urination
If you have several of these symptoms, it's strongly recommended to get your blood sugar checked immediately. Left unchecked, Diabetes can have a host of negative effects on your health so it's best to catch it in its early stage. If caught early, type 2 Diabetes can be controlled better by eating a healthier diet and exercise yet it never fully goes away due to the damage that has occurred to the pancreas, the organ in your body that produces insulin.
A person who prolongs getting tested is at risk for any of the following symptoms:
• High Blood Pressure
• Amputation of Limb
• Damaged eye blood vessels
• Cataracts and/or Glaucoma
Fortunately, if you’re concerned that you may have Diabetes, you don’t have to go to see your physician immediately, as all of the equipment you need to do a self-check is considered over the counter and inexpensive (around $25). The only equipment that is required to do a home test is a Blood Glucose Monitoring System (we recommend TRUEtrack) which includes 10 free test strips, a lancing device, and lancets.
Now, you may have questions on which lancets to choose when checking your levels for the first time. You may want to have a look at this article on, how to determine which lancet gauge to use, to help determine which gauge lancets you should use.
Performing your First Blood Glucose Home Test
The most common way to check your blood glucose levels for the first time at home is known as the fasting test method. The patient chooses a day in advance and fasts from food and beverages, aside from water, for eight hours. At the end of the 8 hour fast, simply check your blood glucose levels. If you’ve read the instructions on the meter and still have questions, it is advised to check out this short video located here which is a step-by-step process on how to use the lancing device, lancets, and test strips and meter.
If your levels are between 100 - 125 mg/dL, you are considered pre-diabetic. It is recommended that you do another test on a separate day and measure your results against each other.If your results are still between 100 – 125 mg/dL, it is strongly advised to schedule an appointment with your physician. A level reading higher than 125 mg/dL indicates Diabetes and you should see your physician for further testing. Finally, a reading below 100 mg/dL is a normal reading and no further testing is advised.
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