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The Necessity Of Self Monitoring Blood Sugar Levels In Diabetes

India leads the race when it comes to the most number of people suffering from diabetes with an estimated figure of 51 million suffering from its symptoms. Close on the heels is China where the people affected by increased blood sugar levels hovers around 44 million. The figures are staggering and numbers have been steadily rising over the last 2 decades.

Lifestyle changes and transformations in eating and drinking habits are thought to be the main reasons behind the exponential burst of diabetes. In diabetes, the body fails to produce the desired amount of insulin, a substance through which the muscles and tissues of the body absorb glucose. Due to this, the blood sugar levels in the body rise in turn causing damage to different body parts. In case of severe diabetes, the person often develops gangrene with amputation being the last resort.

Medications can help to reduce the blood sugar levels in the body but this also has an impending danger – if the blood sugar levels in the body plummet below the desired levels, the person may faint or suffer from a stroke. Thus it is extremely important that the blood sugar levels always be maintained and so as to achieve this, more than others the person himself should take up the responsibility of self monitoring. Self monitoring can help the person to understand how the body is handling different types of food, exercises, medication, stress and illnesses and take action accordingly. A comprehensive analysis of this data will also help doctor to determine the type of medications suited to your needs.

Testing one’s blood glucose levels isn’t difficult and can be done at home itself. However you need to buy certain medical equipments – These include a blood glucose meter, test strips and a lancing device. In order to start testing, firstly wash your hands with warm water. This will increase the blood flow towards your fingertips. Follow the instructions as given on the lancing device to get the drop of blood and then apply the blood to the test strip as directed. Wait for a few second to view the results (the strip gives the average blood glucose sugar level in the body). Dispose of the strip and lancet thereafter. It is recommended that you take the test once on an empty stomach and 12 hours thereafter to view the results before and after consuming food.

Undertaking this procedure every 4-5 days will help you to understand whether your blood sugar levels are under control. It will also save you much time and effort paying the doctor a visit to check your blood sugar levels.

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The author is a classified type 1 diabetic and has been Accu-check Aviva for 3 years now. He says that the Accu check meter is reliable and gives rapid results within only five seconds of applying blood.

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