Malouf Manly Pharmacy
Blood Glucose Testing
Blood glucose tests are also sometimes called blood sugar tests. They can be done as a fasting sample or as a test called an oral glucose tolerance test. They are usually used to check for or monitor diabetes.
People with diabetes often monitor their own blood glucose at home though a finger-prick test and a special machine, rather than a blood sample taken from a vein.
You might have blood taken for a blood sugar level. You may or may not be asked to fast beforehand.
There is also a particular test called an oral glucose tolerance test and for this test you fast, then have a blood sample taken, then drink glucose, then have a number of samples taken over a few hours.
You might need this test if you are at risk of developing diabetes, or if you have had any symptoms or test results suggesting diabetes.
The standard blood glucose tests measure your blood sugar level at a particular time.
High levels of glucose can indicate diabetes or being at risk of diabetes. There are other conditions that can also cause high glucose levels. You will need to discuss with your pharmacist and doctor what the test results mean for you, given your specific circumstances.
Malouf Manly Pharmacy is a sub agent for the National Diabetes Services Scheme (NDSS) an initiative of the Australian Government. The NDSS delivers diabetes-related products at subsidized prices and provides information and support services to people with diabetes. Registration is open to Australians with diabetes, is free and only needs to be done once. To find out more about NDSS, visit their website at http://www.ndss.com.au administered by Diabetes Australia.
People who are registered with NDSS can access a range of diabetes-related products at subsidised prices including:
- Blood glucose testing strips
- Pen needles and syringes
- Urine testing and strips/tablets
- Insulin pump consumables