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Body Fat Scales for Diabets

Apart from a good medical and health insurance, any adult who crosses the age of 35 should invest in:

• Blood pressure monitor
• Blood sugar monitor
• Weighing scales
• Body fat scales
• A good book on diets, nutrition and exercise

Blood glucose monitorsThese four instruments and the book are vital to monitor your health. You do not have to check yourself on a daily basis. Initially once a month will do. Once you cross the age of 40, then twice a month will suffice. Of course, if have high or low blood pressure or your blood sugar levels are abnormal or the scales begin to indicate you are putting on weight; you need to be more active in monitoring your health as well as taking corrective action.

When you find that you have put on some weight, one of the questions that arise is, just how obese are you? The body fat monitor and scale is the perfect instrument to answer that question. A good body fat scale can be bought for under $100 and it is better to buy branded body fat scales instead of cheap, poorly engineered Chinese imitations.

How does a body fat scale work?

The body fat scale works almost on the same principle as the blood glucose monitors i.e. electrical resistance. In the case of the body fat scale, a tiny electrical current is passed through the part of your body being tested. The reading on the body fat scale is directly proportional to the resistance faced by the electrical current (called Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis). If your body fat is more, the electrical resistance is higher and therefore the Body Fat Measurement scale will indicate a higher value and vice-versa. It is a simple and very effective technique for measuring the quantum of body fat.

If your body fat scale begins to indicate that you are adding fat, all the red flags should go up. Body fat is the trigger for all diseases and medical complications. Coronary heart disease, diabetes, kidney and liver disease, etc. are all connected directly or indirectly to your body fat. The body fat monitor scale is therefore vital to warn you of the first step towards obesity and disease. Based on the body fat scale information, if timely remedial measures are taken (good diet and exercise), your health will soon be back on track.

Many people believe that the weighing scale is just as good. We disagree. The body fat weight scale merely indicates the weight of the person. A young adult who might still be growing and therefore increasing in weight, does not indicate poor health. A person’s weight is just one of the factors determining health. The body fat analyzer scale gives you the other indicator of health – quantum of body fat. Together they give a clearer picture. In any case, how much money are we talking about? Is your health worth less than $100 – we think not.

Body fat scales can be purchased online as well as at any medical supply, drug store or super market. A good body fat scale will add value to your health data.

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Blood Glucose Test for Diabetes – Reference Ranges

Most diabetics will be familiar with the terms blood glucose, blood glucose test, blood glucose level and blood sugar meters, but what does blood glucose really mean? Why do blood sugar levels need to be controlled?

If you’ve done a blood glucose test through glucose testing meters and the lab technician has highlighted some of the results or marked them with an asterisk, you probably want to know what constitutes a normal, below normal or abnormal blood glucose test results. So today let us discuss blood glucose tests reference ranges.

The result of any blood glucose test in a clinical lab is compared to a “reference range”. This simply means that the result of the blood glucose test must be considered in the context, without which the test is meaningless. To interpret what is normal for you, the doctor must know what is considered normal for people of your age and what activity was done before the test was conducted. For example, when you receive the results of your blood glucose test, your doctor might say something like, “Your blood glucose test was out of normal range.”

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So, what is a reference range and what can be considered “normal”? Some laboratory tests give a simple yes or no result. Suppose you had a test done for strep throat, the result of the test would show if you have the infection or not. But most other tests are not so simple in that the meaning of the result will depend on the context. The lab report for your blood glucose test for example, will typically show your result followed by the reference range. This reference range is established by testing a large group of healthy people and study what appears to be ‘normal’ for them.

The normal fasting blood glucose level is about 70-99mg/dL or 3.9 to 5.5mmol/L. So if your blood glucose test result reads 100-125mg, ref. range 70-99mg/dL, it means that your blood glucose level is above the normal range. When the doctor in the example above said your blood glucose test was above the normal range, he is referring to the normal blood sugar level in context with the normal reference range for fasting blood sugar. Blood sugar levels above the normal range usually indicate a medical problem. If your blood glucose tests consistently show high levels of blood sugar, it may signify a pre-diabetic stage.

There are however many factors affecting your blood glucose test results. It could be factors like anxiety or stress, excessive intake of alcohol, caffeine, etc. Therefore, it is essential to take the blood samples in a standardized fashion. Hence, it is important to comply with the doctor’s instructions to prepare for your blood glucose test, like coming in first thing in the morning to draw the blood through high quality blood glucose meters before eating anything. This ensures that your blood sample is close to the parameters of the reference group, which is crucial for the accuracy of the test results.

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Although your blood glucose test report may show the result in comparison with the reference range, your doctor will need to interpret those results in relation to your health status and physical evaluation based on his personal knowledge of your medical history. He would need to determine if the result falling outside the reference range does indeed mean something significant for your individual health status or not.

Also known as: Fasting blood sugar (FBS), Blood sugar; Fasting blood glucose (FBG), Blood glucose, Fasting plasma glucose (FPG), Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT), Urine glucose and blood glucose tests.

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