What are glucose monitor kits?

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Glucose monitor kits are electronic devices used to check the amount of glucose in your blood. They are designed so that you can easily check your own glucose level without professional assistance. Glucose is blood sugar that your body uses to produce energy. Your body usually regulates the amount of glucose in your blood. However, diabetic people have trouble regulating their blood sugar and have either too much or too little in their bodies. Using a glucose monitor kit allows you to see exactly how much blood sugar is currently in your body. Therefore, you will be able to track how different foods, exercise, and your treatment affect your glucose level. You can quickly find out if your blood sugar is dangerously low or high.

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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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