Have a Blood Glucose Test Performed and Evaluated at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care in Miami, FL
A blood glucose test can be conveniently performed at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care in Miami, FL. This useful diagnostic tool can provide helpful information about the amount of glucose (a type of sugar) in your bloodstream. The most common cause of excessive blood sugar is diabetes, a condition in which the body does not produce or respond to insulin properly. Insulin is a hormone that facilitates the digestion of carbohydrates, which are ultimately converted to sugar that can be used by the body as an energy source.
High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) is a concern because, if left untreated, it can cause a number of health problems, including extreme thirst, frequent urination, and fatigue. Additionally, hyperglycemia can sometimes lead to nerve damage and organ failure. On the other hand, low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can also cause symptoms, such as trembling, sweating, and lightheadedness.
A physician at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care in the Miami, Florida, may order a blood glucose test to:
- Complete a routine physical examination
- Help diagnose type 1 or type 2 diabetes
- Check for gestational diabetes, a temporary condition that can occur during pregnancy
The testing process is simple and fast. Your physician will let you know if any special preparations are needed for your blood glucose test. Sometimes, it’s necessary to fast (not have anything to eat or drink except for water) for eight hours prior to a test. Other times, a physician may want to check your blood sugar level at a specific time, such as immediately after a meal.
If you are diagnosed with diabetes, you will need to carefully monitor your blood glucose level. A physician at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center in Miami, Florida, may recommend that you have a blood glucose test performed at regular intervals, and also prescribe an individualized diabetes management plan that incorporates nutrition, exercise and medications (such as insulin shots) to help keep your blood glucose level within a healthy range.
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