How to check blood sugar at home naturally….
Normal Blood Sugar Levels are provided in the Blood Glucose Chart. A simple diabetes blood test using diabetes test strips allows for continuous blood glucose monitoring.
How do you check your blood glucose level?
When you visit your health center they will prick your finger and put blood from a finger prick on a diabetes test strip then blot off excess blood with a tissue. They will read the glucose test strip by using an electronic blood glucose meter that’ll will appear on the screen as 3.0mmol or 19.0mmol (multiply by 18 to get the blood sugar value at mg/dl
When should you check your diabetes blood sugar levels?
For Diabetes Mellitus type 2 (usually controlled by diet for diabetes and diabetes medicine, or by diet alone), if you have the machine to test for glucose (glucometer) check 2-3 times each week at different times of the day is enough.
For Diabetes Mellitus type 1 (which requires insulin), more regular checking is required; that is, at least once a day, usually first thing before breakfast and then about 2 hours after a meal.
Your blood glucose levels are likely to be low before meals and high 2 hours after meals.
For us who don’t have the machine for testing your sugar please do visit your health center/hospital to check your sugar level. Please keep on track the dates for your clinic and make it your priority to attend the clinic for your own good.
❌Stress, illness or too much food will push your blood glucose level up and you can get high blood sugar readings.
✅Exercise and your diabetes medications if you’re under any will pull your blood glucose level down.
⛔When you are ill or under a lot of stress or exercising more than usual, you may need to check your blood sugar levels more often than usual.
What are the Ideal Blood glucose levels?
✔Ideal or normal blood sugar levels are 3 – 6 mmol/L before meals and 3 – 7 mmol/L 2 hours after meals.
✔Fair control is a blood sugar level range of 6-8 mmol/L before meals and 7 – 10 mmol/L after meals but this is considered as pre- diabetes (not in the normal range but not as high to be considered as diabetes)it should come down after a few hrs after eating.
✔Below 3 m/mol is considered as hypoglycemia(low sugar) and above 10 is hyperglycemia (high sugar)
Please take precautions, notice the signs and symptoms and visit your healthcare facilities for treatment and medical advice.
Written by Diabetic Care Fiji