What is blood glucose?

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Blood sugar, or Glucose, is the main sugar found in your blood. It comes from the food you eat, and is your body’s main source of energy. Your blood carries glucose to all of your body’s cells to use for energy. Diabetes is a disease in which your blood sugar levels are too high. 

How is it measured?

This is measured using a glucometer and glucose strips. Insert test strip into glucometer. Prick the side of client’s fingertip with the needle provided with test kit. Touch and hold the edge of the test strip to the drop of blood. The meter will display your blood sugar level on a screen after a few seconds.

What is normal?

80-140 is considered normal. 

What if the blood glucose is low?

This is called hypoglycemia.

The patient might present with shaking, fatigue, dizziness, hunger, tachycardia, irritation, etc. These all require follow-up by an RN right away.

What is the blood glucose is high?

This is called hyperglycemia.

The patient might present with frequent thirst, frequent urination, stomach pain, SOB, fruity breath, etc. These all required follow-up by the RN right away.

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