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Metaglip (Glipizide, Metformin)

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TAKING COMMAND OF DIABETES: WHEN TO DO BLOOD OR URINE TESTS
You should test your blood or urine whenever you are worried about your diabetes. Do not sit there worrying. Find out what is happening to your blood glucose so that you can do something about it. Experiment by testing after an unusual day, a different meal, a family upset, or a new hobby. See how your moods, your work, your meals and your activities affect your diabetes. Write the results of your tests down so that you can refer back to them. Many manufacturers provide free diaries in which to do this.
When we study diabetics in research projects we may make a twenty-four hour glucose profile. This means that we take a tiny sample of blood every hour from a little plastic tube in a vein and plot the blood glucose level on a graph. A glucose profile is shown in the diagram. Notice the peaks after every meal and the low levels at night.
Blood testing every hour is not necessary in day-to-day life and would give you very sore fingers! Most people test the glucose in their blood or urine before each main meal – before breakfast, before lunch, before the evening meal – and also before going to bed. If you test after meals you will have higher results but these should still, ideally, be below 8 mmol/1 or 140 mg/dl. Some people test only once a day, but at a different time each day – before breakfast on Monday, before lunch on Tuesday, before the evening meal on Wednesday and so on. It is important to build up a picture of what is happening throughout the day. Discuss the timing of your tests with your doctor.
I thought the idea was to make life easier! It is. You will soon become skilled at testing your blood or urine and it will only take a few minutes. The time spent and the momentary discomfort of finger pricks is well repaid by the peace of mind you gain from knowing what is going on. Why keep yourself in the dark?
Finding out what is happening
• The first step in taking command of your diabetes is to learn how to measure your blood glucose level and to continue to keep a close eye on it.
• The most direct way of doing this is to do finger prick blood glucose tests.
• Urine tests can also be helpful, provided you understand their limitations.
• When you have found out what is happening to your blood glucose level you can use the knowledge to get the very best out of your treatment and to adjust it to suit what you want to do each day.
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