Results from my First Blood Glucose Test
Because the amount of glucose in your blood increases after a meal (think of the sugars you are ingesting), I was required to fast overnight and take my test prior to breakfast. This is called "Fasting Blood Sugar", requiring 8 hours prior without food and is the test typically done when someone wants to find out if they have diabetes (like I did, hehe). The test involved placing a few drops of blood (taken in a relatively painless finger-prick test) onto a small sterile strip which was then read by an electronic measuring device. In less than a minute, the result came up on the display screen. Since I took a Fasting Blood Sugar test, my blood sugar was expected to be within the range of 4 to 7 mmol/L (that's millimoles per litre). Fortunately, my result of 4.9 fell within this range! :)
With around half of the 1.5 million Australians unaware that they have diabetes, it was a pretty scary thought and for quite some time I had wanted to get the test done. I'm glad that I did, no matter what the result. Some things that you may find interesting about Diabetes:
- Diabetes is Australia's fastest growing chronic disease and there is currently no cure.
- About 1.5 million Australians have diabetes, but only half of them know it because they may be unaware that they are at risk of type 2 diabetes.
- By 2010 the number of Australians with diabetes is predicted to reach 1.8 million.
- Every hour in Australia approximately 11 adults are diagnosed with diabetes. That is 275 people a day or 1925 a week!
- Type 2 diabetes costs Australia $3.1 billion a year.
- Diabetes can lead to potentially lethal complications including heart disease, stroke and kidney failure. Diabetes can also cause blindness, lower limb amputation and erectile dysfunction.
- 70 - 80% of people with diabetes will die of cardiovascular disease.
- Diabetes is the most common cause of blindness in people under the age of 60.
- Diabetes is the most common cause of kidney failure.
- 70% of all lower limb amputations occur in people with diabetes
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