What are fasting blood glucose levels? For a common diabetic, fasting is a very important thing to know as it affects your entire life. For those who are caretakers of common diabetics this is also very important so that they can properly care for the diabetic. Diabetes is a condition that is becoming more and more common in today’s world, no wonder – due to the large amounts of sugar filled meals and snacks we eat.
Diabetes is also known as hyperglycemia, which stands for high blood glucose levels. When your diabetic body has diabetes the pancreas produces too little of the chemical known as Insulin, this chemical is used by the body to convert the blood sugar in the blood into energy that the body’s cells can use. When this chemical is too low the amount of sugar in the blood rises to dangerously high levels. This can cause serious damage to the diabetic body over time such as heart disease, eye failure, nerve damage, and kidney failure. But all of this can be avoided if you keep your blood sugar levels at a healthy level.
In order to keep a fasting blood glucose levels you should buy a small unit called a blood glucose meter. This small unit is used to measure the amount of glucose (sugar) in your blood. The units are small enough to be held in your hand and easy to read. The glucose units use small plastic strips with special chemicals inside them to help measure the blood sugar. First a small amount of blood is inserted to a small opening in the plastic strip. (The blood is drawn using a special needle known as a lancet) The plastic strip is inserted into the meter and the meter measures it and displays the results on a small screen on the side. These small units are very cheap and can even be gotten for free if need be. The fasting for blood glucose levels amount are 64.8 mg/dl to 120 mg/dl. A person with diabetes will have their blood sugar way higher that so they must keep it in check. Also talk to your doctor about keeping fasting blood glucose levels.