Measuring blood sugar levels and knowing your glucose level is an important part of diabetes treatment for most diabetic patients.
Blood sugar level means the total amount of glucose that is circulating in the blood. It is measured all over the work to know your sugar level. There are different units for measuring blood glucose as standard.
Difference between mmol/L and mg/dL: mmol/LInternational standard unit is the set standard in UK for measuring the concentration of glucose in the blood – also known as millimolar (mM), while in the USA, mg/dLUnit is used for measuring concentration of glucose in the blood.
It is measured in milligrams per decilitre/ Milligrams per 100 millilitres.
The mmol/L standard gives the molarity, that is the number of molecules of a substance within a specified volume while mg/dL gives the concentration by the ratio of weight to volume.
Typically, blood sugar varies from 4 mmol/L to 6 mmol/L among those without diabetes.
Blood sugar needs to be tightly regulated in the human body reduce the risk of complications developing.
Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices
Your blood glucose level can be measured with blood glucose monitoring devices.
There are different types of meters available for purchase that differ in several ways, including: accuracy, how to use it , amount of blood needed for each test.
Discuss with your health care provider the right type of glucose meter to buy, and how to use it.
Check your meter’s performance to make sure it is working properly? There are three ways to check that the meter works properly:
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1. Liquid control solutions:
Any time you open a new container of test strips, drop the meter anytime you get wrong result. To test a liquid control solution, you test a drop of these solutions to test a liquid control solution just like you test a drop of your blood.
When the value gotten matches the value written on the test strip via label, you known that it is good.
2. Electronic check:
Turn on your meter and watch the result. When the meter a problem, it will show an error code.
Go to your meter and check the error to know the kind of problem detected. If you are not still sure whether the meter is walking or not, call the toll number and discuss with your doctor.
Your meter is as good as performing a blood glucose level test in a laboratory.
Remember to go with your meter in your next appointment with your health care giver. Let your provider watch your testing method to be sure you are using the meter correctly.
Let him also get your blood tested with a laboratory method and compare both results. If the values are same, then your meter is working well and your technique has worked well?
If your meter malfunctioned, you should tell your health care provider and contact the company that made your meter and strips.
Read Also: Lowering Fasting Blood Sugar Level
Blood glucose test can be done on other areas of the body such as your palm, upper arm, forearm, thigh, or calf . Perform Alternative site testing (AST) at times when you see changes in your blood glucose level.
You should test yourself many times a day to decide and check the glucose level in your blood. This will enable you to determine what kind of diet to gone on.
According to the American Diabetes Association (Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes 2011, Diabetes Care, January 2011, vol.34, Supplement 1, S11-S61) the blood glucose levels for an adult without diabetes are below 100 mg/dL before meals and fasting and are less than 140 mg/dL two hours after meals.