How to Test for Diabetes

It is a common worry among many of us that are over the age of forty that we may be becoming diabetic. But do we know how easy it is to test for diabetes?

The symptoms for type 2 diabetes can often be a little vague; that’s if there are any at all, but do take into consideration the following particularly if you are above 40 years old and maybe carrying a few excess pounds.

  • You often feel dehydrated or thirsty
  • You regularly have a dryness of mouth
  • You sometimes have blurred vision
  • You don’t heal quickly to cuts and sores
  • Your skin sometimes itches, or you have yeast infections
  • You are urinating more frequently
  • You often get leg pain

These symptoms are of course synonymous with many other ailments but a quick and easy test for diabetes may detect any problems early and save many more serious and possibly dangerous complications in the future. A high proportion of people in Britain do not even realize that they are struggling with type 2 diabetes and may not recognize the early signs. Early diagnosis is important as type 2 diabetes can lead to more serious problems such as strokes, heart disease, kidney failure and even blindness in adults. Unhealthy diets and lack of exercise causing obesity can contribute so improvements in lifestyles and increased physical activities and dietary control should help before the need for oral medication. A test kit could prove useful.

Type 2 diabetes is now quite widespread throughout the world with more than a million people in Britain having some diabetes symptoms. With the help of our home test kits future complications maybe easily avoided if early diagnosis is detected.

Do I have a high chance of developing diabetes?

You will have a much higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes if your parents or siblings already have it. Bad lifestyle and lack of physical fitness are main contributors towards developing diabetes especially if you get tired easily. Watch out for blurred vision, unexplained weight loss or an increase in thirst or needing to urinate.

How to test for Diabetes with the kit

Just a quick and easy prick of the finger to extract a drop of your blood is all that’s required. Use the micro-lancet for this and then place your blood on the test strip followed by a thirty second wait. Compare the colour with the disc supplied to give a blood glucose reading. Please carefully adhere to the instructions included.

What do the Results Mean?

Look at the blood glucose level. If the level is between 72 mg/dl (4mmol/l) and 108mg/dl (6mmol/l), then you have a normal reading. If your reading is well above or below these limits, then you should consult with your doctor.

Photo Credit: “Diabetes Test” (CC BY 2.0) by .v1ctor Casale.

This post has been updated since its original publication in 2013.

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