More than 10% of Americans have diabetes, and the vast majority of them live happy and full lives despite their medical condition. Regular testing helps people with diabetes manage their treatment and prevent certain long-term problems.
What is Diabetes?
Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which allows your blood cells to use the sugar from food for energy. Insulin keeps your blood sugar level from getting too high or low. Diabetes is the condition that occurs when your body can’t process enough of the sugar in your blood.
There are several types of diabetes. The most common are Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is caused when your body doesn’t make enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes is caused by your body not responding well to or resisting the use of insulin. Gestational diabetes causes high blood sugar during pregnancy.
Whatever the cause of diabetes, the risks are similar. High blood sugar levels can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke, kidney damage, nerve damage, oral health issues, and vision problems.
Diabetes Testing Done Right
Because of the health risks associated with diabetes, people with the disease must test their blood sugar levels daily. Careful monitoring can help in managing a patient’s treatment plan and can prevent long-term complications. Here are a few items that persons with diabetes can use in their daily testing:
Alcohol Prep Pads
Glucose Meters and Test Strips
Test strips work with the glucose meter to measure blood sugar levels. An electrical current goes through the test strip and reacts with the sugar in your blood. You can buy glucose meters and test strips separately or in packages from your favorite brands at Med Lab Supply.
Tips for getting accurate test results:
- Test on your finger. The blood in your hand will reveal the most current level of blood sugar.
- Wipe away the first drop of blood, and use the second drop for your test. If there is anything on your finger (even after you wash your hands), it could affect the results.
- Don’t squeeze your finger. Let the blood come out naturally. Squeezing could make other fluids under your skin come out.
- Use good test strips. If they are expired or were improperly stored, discard them.
Needle Clippers and Sharps Containers
You know the dangers of being poked with a used needle. Needle clippers cut off the tips of those needles to dispose of them safely. The rest of the syringe or pen needle should be thrown away according to safety regulations in your local area. One way to dispose of them properly is in a sharps disposal container.
Blood sugar testing doesn’t have to take over your life – or your wallet. The right testing supplies can help you control your diabetes so your diabetes doesn’t control you. For all your testing needs at wholesale prices, MedLab Supply has you covered.