Blood glucose level

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Blood glucose level is the amount of sugar (Glucose) in an individuals' blood stream at any given time[1]. Blood glucose levels can be measured using an appropriate test strip, a blood glucose meter and a small needle to prick the patient's finger with[2].

The normal range for a healthy patient without diabetes is between 4-8 mmol/L however the values for a diabetic patient will fluctuate more due to the problems with their insulin[3].

People with diabetes are more susceptible to hypoglycaemia (which is low blood sugar) and hyperglycaemia (which is high blood glucose) which can cause detrimental effects to the body[4].

References

  1. http://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes_care/Diabetes_and_blood_glucose.html
  2. http://www.mylife-diabetescare.co.uk/mylife-diabetes-knowledge-correct-measurement.html
  3. http://www.diabetes.co.uk/diabetes_care/blood-sugar-level-ranges.html
  4. http://www.visionaware.org/info/your-eye-condition/diabetic-retinopathy/hyperglycemia-and-hypoglycemia/125
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