PrimeCare Medical Center
Internists & Family Practice located in Charlotte, NC
Successfully managing your diabetes requires regular blood sugar tests. At PrimeCare Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, Hans Kwaku, MD, MPH, FACP, and Patrick Evivie, MD, FACP, RPVI, are experienced in diagnosing and managing Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. They offer in-office blood testing for routine checkups as well as guidance for testing your blood sugar at home. Learn more about available blood sugar testing by calling the office today or book an appointment online.
Blood Sugar Test Q & A
Why do I need a blood sugar test?
A blood sugar test effectively measures how much glucose, or sugar, is in your bloodstream. The staff at PrimeCare Medical Center commonly uses blood sugar tests to diagnose and monitor Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
In addition to diabetes, blood sugar testing can identify hypoglycemia, low blood sugar, or hyperglycemia, high blood sugar. Both of these conditions have the potential to become life-threatening if left untreated.
Blood sugar tests should be a part of your routine health checkup, especially if you’re at increased risk for diabetes due to your family history or if you have prediabetes.
What information does a blood sugar test provide?
A blood sugar test measures the amount of glucose in your blood, which comes from the foods you eat. Your body naturally converts this sugar into the energy you need to function properly.
Testing your blood can provide Dr. Evivie and Dr. Kwaku with important information like:
- Confirmation of a diabetes diagnosis
- An overall measurement of current sugar levels
- The effectiveness of current diabetes treatment
If you are a Type 1 diabetic, you will also need to perform at-home blood sugar testing one or more times a day to monitor your blood sugar levels and ensure you’re properly managing your diabetes.
What blood sugar tests are available?
In-office blood sugar testing involves taking a blood sample for further analysis. This type of test, known as a fasting blood sugar test, requires that you don’t eat or drink anything but water for several hours before the procedure.
At-home blood sugar testing uses a glucometer to measure glucose levels. A glucometer requires only a very small amount of blood that you get by pricking your finger.
How often you need glucose testing depends on the type of diabetes you have. Typically, Type 1 diabetes requires blood checks before eating, exercising, and going to sleep. You might also need to check your blood sugar levels if you show symptoms that your blood sugar levels aren’t normal, such as:
- Mood changes
These symptoms can indicate your sugar levels are too low and need your attention.
With Type 2 diabetes, you might not need daily blood checks, but you should have routine blood work done in the doctors’ office to ensure you’re properly managing your condition.
Learn more about blood sugar testing by calling the office or by booking an appointment online.
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