Blood glucose testing measures the amount of a sugar in a sample of blood. These levels normally rise after a meal, and if the body does not create enough insulin to process that sugar, prolonged high blood glucose levels can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves and blood vessels. A simple blood draw is done with a painless prick timed around meals during the day.
This is a vital yet routine test for those who live with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Patients who report an increase in urination, blurred vision, confusion, fainting spells or seizures should have their blood glucose tested. Glucose monitors can also be used during pregnancy to test for gestational diabetes, which involves elevated blood glucose that begins or is diagnosed during pregnancy.
Blood glucose testing costs your practice a mere 16 cents per test. That is a negligible amount when you consider that you will earn $6.80 for this simple 10-second test, which can help save a life. Blood glucose meter starter kits like the AimStrip Plus sold through Medical Device Depot will help your practice remain prepared for patients with diabetes.