This service involves taking a small finger prick of blood and checking a patients sugar levels. The results are available in a few minutes. The pharmacist can also then offer advice on how to lead a healthy lifestyle and reduce your blood sugar levels if needed. A charge may apply.
What is it?
A blood glucose test measures the amount of a sugar called glucose in a sample of your blood.
Glucose is a major source of energy for most cells of the body, including those in the brain. Carbohydrates (or carbs) are found in fruit, cereal, bread, pasta, and rice. They are quickly turned into glucose in your body. This raises your blood glucose level.
Hormones made in the body called insulin and glucagon help control blood glucose levels.
Why Have the Test?
A sample of blood taken at any time can be a useful test if diabetes is suspected. A level of 11.1 mmol/L or more in the blood sample indicates that you have diabetes. A fasting blood glucose test may be done to confirm the diagnosis.
Are you worried that you, or a family member or friend, may have diabetes? See the symptoms of diabetes and what you should do if you think you may have diabetes.
The main symptoms of diabetes are:
- going to the loo all the time to pass urine
- feeling very thirsty and drinking a lot
- feeling very tired
- losing weight (and you don’t know why)
- regular episodes of thrush, or genital itching
- blurred vision
- slow healing of cuts and grazes
A great source for futher information on diabetes and how you can understand ways to manage the risk and live with the condition can be found at http://www.diabetes.org.uk/