Sugar is an essential source of energy for the human body and in the right concentration is necessary for it to function properly. Unfortunately, diabetes is associated with sugar - the most common metabolic disease affecting older people, although this is not currently the case.
Therefore, it is very important to control and monitor the health status of your body, preferably by regular and periodic visits to the diabetologist. The risk to health is too high (hyperglycemia), but also too low blood sugar (hypoglycemia).
Any deviations from the accepted standards can be found through specific tests - oral tests and blood tests. They will allow you to determine the exact result. It is worth emphasizing that elderly people should be tested for sugar regularly, as, as mentioned, they often have metabolic diseases, especially diabetes.
Disturbed blood sugar levels result in numerous body ailments. Very often, this leads to disorders of the endocrine economy of a person, and the appearing dysfunctions of the body do not always resemble diabetes with their symptoms. The ones that should bother us are:
The above symptoms should prompt a person to seek medical consultation, but diabetes can also manifest itself in a life-threatening manner. These include:
The best way will be to have a blood sugar test. This will allow you to accurately check if you have hyperglycemia / hypoglycemia. In addition, such a test will also determine the level of glycated hemoglobin in its serum.
It is also recommended to check the level of creatinine in the blood, which is information whether there is damage to the kidneys (nephropathy). In turn, the determination of total cholesterol (LDL, HDL and triglycerides) will help determine the risks of low or high sugar for our circulatory system.
Such tests are very simple and fast - the levels of sugar, creatinine and lipid profile determination only require taking a small amount of blood from the patient.
Preparations for them are not difficult either. Determining the amount of glycated hemoglobin in the blood does not require prior preparation. These are needed before the laboratory test based on a blood sample - then the patient should proceed to it on an empty stomach. Of course, as with any examination, proper body hygiene is required.
Of course, at the end, it should be mentioned that the best regulator of adequate blood sugar is regular exercise, even a small dose, if taken cyclically. Appropriate supplements and natural substances, such as mulberry, also help.
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