- Screening Test Used to Identify Abnormally High-Fasting Plasma Glucose (Blood Sugar) Levels Which are Often a Warning Sign of Diabetes
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- A Sterile Disposable Lancet is Used to Obtain a Single Drop of Blood Which is Placed onto the Test Area of the Test Card And Results Can Be Read After 3 Minutes
- FDA Approved For Both Home Use As Well As Use in Doctor’s Offices in the U.S.
- The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Estimates There are More Than 5.4 Million People in the U.S. Alone Who Are Not Aware They Have Diabetes
- The ADA, the CDC and the National Institute of Diabetes and Kidney Diseases Now Recommend Screening as a Necessary First Step in an Effort to Detect Diabetes at an Earlier Stage, Before the Onset of Serious Complications
- As Recommended by the ADA, the Chemcard™ Glucose Measures Plasma Glucose Levels After a Minimum Fasting Period of 8 hours
- All Abnormal Results Should be Referred to a Physician for Follow-Up Testing
Diabetes is a complicated, chronic disease that impairs your body's ability to produce or properly use insulin, which, in turn, causes your blood sugar level to increase.
According to National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse; Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar (glucose), starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.
Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes. In type 2 diabetes, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. Insulin is necessary for the body to be able to use glucose for energy. When you eat food, the body breaks down all of the sugars and starches into glucose, which is the basic fuel for the cells in the body. Insulin takes the sugar from the blood into the cells. When glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into cells, it can cause two problems:
- Right away, your cells may be starved for energy
- Over time, high blood glucose levels may hurt your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart
Some groups have a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes than others. Type 2 diabetes is more common in African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders, as well as the aged population.