What is the Test-Point Diabetes Test Kit?
The Diabetes Test Kit by Test-Point measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood at the time of testing. Having high blood sugar can be an indication of diabetes. It is important to treat diabetes in its early stages because blood sugar that remains high for long periods of time can cause serious health problems. The Diabetes Test Kit is easy to use and gives instant results. You can read the results directly after the test is performed. The Test-Point Diabetes Test Kit is available without a prescription.
What is this test used for?
The Diabetes Test Kit allows you to check your blood sugar levels, so that you can determine if you are at risk of having diabetes. Diabetes is a very common health problem. The condition is characterised by insufficient production of insulin in the pancreas, which leads to too high levels of glucose in the blood. The symptoms can be nondescript initially (fatigue, frequent urination, increased thirst). If left untreated, diabetes can cause serious complications. Diabetes can, however, be managed effectively through lifestyle modification, a healthy diet and medication, if necessary. Some people have a higher risk of developing diabetes. Do you have a family history of diabetes, eat an unhealthy diet and exercise too little? Are you overweight, a smoker or older than 45 years? Then you belong to the risk group and should monitor your blood sugar on a regular basis.
How to use the Test-Point Diabetes Test Kit
The Diabetes Test Kit is taken after a period of fasting, i.e. at least eight hours without food or liquid (except water). This is to avoid that the test is influenced by recent food intake. Before taking the test, have a stopwatch or watch with a second hand and a clean tissue ready. This is how the test is carried out:
- Wash and dry your hands;
- Cleanse your fingertip with the alcohol swab prior to using the lancet provided;
- Prick your fingertip with the lancet according to the instructions in the package leaflet;
- Squeeze your finger until it bleeds, apply a droplet of blood to the two test wells on the test strip and start timing with the stopwatch;
- After exactly 30 seconds, wipe the droplet of blood away with a clean tissue;
- Wait another 30 seconds;
- Read the result by comparing the colours of the test strip to those on the colour chart. Make sure you do so within five minutes. The test strip will start to discolour if exposed to air.
The test kit contains materials for two tests.
Result of the Diabetes Test Kit
If the Diabetes Test Kit shows a higher blood sugar level than normal, contact your doctor for further testing, advice and possible treatment. You should also contact your doctor if the test shows that your blood sugar is not elevated but your symptoms do not improve.
The Test-Point Diabetes Test Kit has no side effects.
When not to use the test
Consult a doctor before using this test if you suffer from haemophilia or use blood thinners.