A guide to controlling diabetes with diabetic test supplies

by the Editor, SeniorInsider | May 31, 2011

If you have recently found out that you have diabetes, it is important to realize that you can still live a healthy and productive life even amongst the hassle of blood tests and diabetic test supplies. Of course, your doctor will provide you with various guidelines for controlling your illness.  However, there are various day-to-day routines that you will need to keep in mind.

If you do not properly manage your illness, it can escalate and lead to a variety of conditions including heart disease, stroke, nerve damage and kidney failure. Diabetes can even lead to gum problems and tooth loss. Therefore, it is essential to put your health first through proper maintenance as well as exercise and consumption of diabetic food.

Learn How to Do a Diabetic Test

One of the first things you will learn is how to do a diabetic test.  In fact, you will likely need to obtain diabetic test supplies and keep them in your home. Those with Type 1 diabetes will need to start performing insulin tests every day. While Type 2 diabetes can often be controlled through proper diet and exercise, many people with this issue will also need to take either pills or insulin.  

What Diabetic Test Supplies Do I Need?

The exact diabetic test supplies that you will need vary on your condition and the recommendation of your doctor. However, typically, these supplies will include glucose test strips, a blood glucose meter, insulin and syringes. These supplies will assist you to monitor your blood glucose levels and also provide yourself with insulin shots if they become necessary.

Using Your Diabetic Test Supplies

It is important to regularly find out and monitor your blood glucose levels. Once you have obtained your diabetic test supplies, find out if your diabetic test strips and meter relay results for whole blood or plasma. It is important to know the difference because certain diabetic test supplies show the results as glucose values. In that case, your numbers will be 10 to15% higher. If you are testing whole blood, the ideal glucose range is 80 to 120 before meals and 100 to 140 before bed.

It is essential to self-monitoring your blood glucose levels, as this will let you know if your diet, exercise and medication is effective. This diabetic test is done with a small drop of blood. If you are on insulin for your diabetes, you will need to test your blood glucose levels even more frequently.

Is it Expensive to Do a Diabetic Test?

While the costs for these items can definitely add up, oftentimes physicians and insurance companies can offer great discounts.  Of course, your doctor will also guide you to learn how much insulin you need and how and when to give yourself the shot. The regularity of your treatment will also ultimately determine the costs.

Having Trouble Finding the Proper Diabetic Health Supplies?

Of course, another important aspect to controlling diabetes is checking in regularly with your healthcare provider. If you have any trouble finding the supplies that you need, be sure to ask your doctor or a pharmacist for guidance.

New Guidelines for Optimal Health

You will quickly get accustomed to your new regimen, which should include a healthy diet, and a regular test to check blood glucose levels.  There is also a special test called A1c, which needs to be taken at least twice a year.  

The end goal of properly controlling diabetes is to bring your blood sugar levels down. Of course, you don’t want them to drop too low as this can result in hypoglycemia.  The good news is that eventually the various tests that you need to maintain good health will become second nature.  In the meantime, don’t hesitate to ask your physician if you have any questions or are unsure about how to go about any of the tests.



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