This simple test measures of the amount of glucose in your blood over a period of time. We also call glucose "blood sugar." A higher-than-normal glucose reading is a sign that you have diabetes, or that you are at risk of developing it. Let's take a moment to learn more.
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you need to learn how to take your blood sugar readings using a home blood glucose meter. Watch this instructional program to learn how to test with accuracy and minimal discomfort. Includes information on target levels, how to treat a blood sugar low, logging, and more.
The body needs glucose (a kind of sugar from food) for energy. If it doesn't get the glucose it needs, it starts burning fat. When fat is burned it produces ketones. Ketones can build up in the blood and urine. This buildup can cause a dangerous condition called ketoacidosis.
This test measures the amount of ketones in the blood or urine. Ketones are acids that build up to a toxic level when the body does not have enough insulin. The presence of ketones can show that a person who has diabetes is experiencing a condition called diabetic ketoacidosis. This is a serious complication of diabetes that can be life-threatening.