What are Blood Glucose Test Levels

Blood glucose test levelsBlood glucose test levels measure how much glucose (sugar) there is in your blood. The levels will vary based on the type of test conducted – ask a medical professional at FastMed Urgent Care about which test they recommend. If you are tested after fasting (having had nothing to eat for 6 to 8 hours) the normal range for blood sugar levels should be between 70 to 100 milliliters per deciliter (mg/dl).

Blood glucose test levels normally rise after you eat but should settle back to a level below 140 mg/dl. If your levels are too high, you are at risk for prediabetes or diabetes. If your levels are too low, you could be experiencing symptoms of hypoglycemia.  We have on site labs, so your test results come back fast.

What is milliliters per deciliter (mg/dl)?

Milliliters per deciliter are a medical unit of metric measurement to determine the concentration of a substance in a fluid -i.e. sugar in blood.  A miligram is one/thousandth of a gram and deciliter is one tenth of a liter.  When you come in to the FastMed location nearest you for a blood glucose test, please feel free ask any questions you might have.

My tester says something different – mmol/L?

Medical journals and many European countries prefer measurements from Systeme International –  millimoles per liter (mmol/L). If you want to convert one measurement system to the other, you can use this online calculator.

What is prediabetes?

Prediabetes is basically a wake-up call. Prediabetes is when your blood sugar is higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be classified as diabetic. People with prediabetes are at increased risk for heart disease and stroke, as well as type 2 diabetes. When you come to a FastMed walk in clinic, let’s discuss your condition and see what can be done to change the course of your health. If you have prediabetes, you should be checked for type 2 diabetes every one to two years. We accept most major insurance plans.

What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is caused by either a lack of insulin or the body’s inability to use insulin efficiently, resulting in high blood glucose test  levels. Type 2 diabetes develops most often in middle-aged and older adults but can appear in young people. Ninety-five percent of diabetes cases are type 2.

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