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At Nature Cures Blood Glucose is measured as part of a Comprehensive Health Assessment. 




Blood Glucose testing can determine whether or not your blood glucose levels are within the normal range.  


This test can help to screen for 


*   Diabetes, which often causes no symptoms early in its development.  This test can also       monitor diabetes and effectiveness of treatment.

*   Pre-diabetes, where moderately elevated blood glucose levels can indicate an increased risk       of developing type 2 Diabetes. 

*   Hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose)


What is being tested?  

Glucose is a simple sugar that is the main source of energy for the body. The carbohydrates we eat are broken down into glucose (and a few other simple sugars) absorbed by the small intestine and circulated throughout the body.  Most of the cells of the body require glucose for energy production.  The brain and nervous system cells rely on glucose for energy, and can only function when glucose levels in the blood remain within a certain range.  


Hyperglycaemia (high blood glucose) and hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose) are caused by a variety of conditions and both have detrimental effects on the body.  


Long term hyperglycaemia can cause progressive damage to body organs such as the kidneys, eyes, blood vessels, heart and nerves.  


Untreated hyperglycaemia that arises during pregnancy (known as gestational diabetes) can cause mothers to give birth to large babies who may have low glucose levels. 


Long term hypoglycaemia can lead to brain and nerve damage.  


How is the sample collected for testing?

A drop of blood is taken from your finger and analyzed.  


Why be tested?

At Nature Cures, Naturopath, Nutritionist and Registered Nurse, Kathryn Arnel offers a comprehensive health assessment.  One of the parameters tested for is blood glucose levels.  


The test is especially indicated for people at high risk of developing diabetes, those with a family history of diabetes, those who are overweight, sedentary and more than 45 year of age.    





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