Diabetes Care

Diabetes Care

Living with diabetes can be difficult - that’s why we’re here to provide you with the very best equipment to help you easily manage your condition.

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How can I test my blood sugar at home?

 

You can test your blood sugar at home by using a traditional home glucose monitoring system, where you prick your finger to draw out a drop of blood to put on the test strip.

 

Place the strip into the meter that displays the blood sugar levels and record the level in case your healthcare provider needs to see the results.

 

Having a blood sugar reader at home enables you to check your sugar levels multiple times a day, helping you to keep an eye on your results so your healthcare provider can let you know how much medication to take.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Continuous glucose monitoring is exactly what it sounds like - it’s a way to continuously monitor your sugar levels, throughout the day and the night, so you can see your readings at times when you wouldn’t normally monitor, like when you’re sleeping.

 

You’ll wear the small, water-resistant monitor just under your skin for 14 days at a time, and with the FreeStyle Libre 2, you’re able to access your readings from your smartphone.

 

The monitor will alert you to any changes in your blood sugar levels, or inform you of a loss of signal between your sensor and the reader, so you can act quickly.

 

A continuous glucose monitoring device is suitable if you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

You can monitor your blood sugar levels without the uncomfortable finger pricks by investing in a flash glucose device, like the Freestyle Libre.

 

However, the device doesn’t measure your levels in the same way as a regular, finger-prick monitor does.

 

It measures the amount of glucose in the fluid that surrounds your cells, called interstitial fluid, and there may be a delay in getting the results from this, especially after exercising or eating.

 

Although the readings won’t be as fast, it may be an option for you if you dislike pricking your finger each time you need a reading.

Too much sugar isn’t good for anybody, but if you have diabetes, it can be dangerous for your glucose levels.

 

But that doesn’t mean you have to give up the sweet stuff for good - there are artificial sweeteners out there that, if taken in moderation, are safe for you to eat.

 

The best sweeteners for diabetics are Canderel, Splenda, and Sweetex, which can be found in the UK’s leading supermarkets.

 

If you’re looking for a natural sweetener, 000 Stevia Sugar is new to the market - not only does it have zero calories, but it’s promoted as 100% natural.

It’s a good idea to tie your testing times into daily events, that way, you’ll always remember to check your levels.

 

It’s best to test your blood sugar before all three of your meals, after exercise, and before you go to sleep.

 

It’s important to test before you eat as fasting glucose levels will give you a better, truer reading - if you forget and need to test after a meal, you should wait a couple of hours to ensure your reading is accurate.

There are lots of glucose monitors out there to choose from, ones that are invasive, non-invasive, and continuous, and it all depends on personal preference and lifestyle.

 

An invasive blood device requires you to draw a very small amount of blood to apply to the test strip, which you’ll have to remember to do multiple times per day.

 

There’s a minimally invasive variety that you use to scan the area, like your arm, to get a blood level reading instantly; however, the sensors might not always stay in place to form an accurate reading.

 

Then there's a continuous glucose monitoring device, which continually gives you readings - it requires minimal effort, perfect if you don’t always remember to take your blood sugar levels.

Ketone testing is an essential part of diabetes management as it can prevent short-term complications like ketoacidosis from happening.

 

You can measure the ketone levels in your urine and blood, and if you have diabetes, ketones being present means you’re not getting enough insulin, which can be dangerous.

 

There are multiple ways to test for ketones - you can prick your finger on a lancing device, or allow blood or urine to pass over a testing strip.

Prescription Diabetes Management

 

Managing your diabetes effectively is essential to maintaining good health, and can prevent you from developing serious complications like strokes, kidney problems, and nerve damage further down the line.

 

You’re able to test your blood glucose levels at home, with products from Contour, AccuChek, and the Freestyle Libre range.

 

An additional treatment option is an insulin prescription, which you take in the form of an injection.

 

This is typically used by people who have type 1 diabetes to get a source of insulin that their body isn’t producing.

 

Whereas if you have type 2 diabetes, you may be prescribed metformin to bring down your blood sugar levels, which helps your body respond to the insulin it creates.

Today’s Responsible Prescriber

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Naeem Teni Independent Prescriber
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