FAQ Betachek Diabetes Early Test
Diabetes is a group of chronic metabolic diseases in which the level of sugar in the blood is abnormal. Diabetes mellitus (Latin: honey-sweet flow) describes the original main symptom: the high concentration of sugar (glucose). Diabetes occurs when the beta cells do not produce enough insulin or the insulin metabolism is disturbed.
Type 2 diabetes is one of the most common causes of heart disease and infarcts, strokes, kidney disease and circulatory disorders. These secondary diseases very often develop slowly, insidiously and over a long period of time until they become manifest and have already caused irreversible damage.
In the last few decades the incidence of diabetes mellitus has increased significantly – not only in the 55-74 age group, but increasingly in younger adults and adolescents.
The earlier you recognize abnormal glucose levels in the blood, the more effectively you can fight against insulin resistance, high blood pressure and coagulation disorders and delay the onset of diabetes.
There are basically 2 diagnostic methods for the detection of blood sugar:
Test at the doctor or the local health center
Urine glucose (urine test): Simple, but not reliable determination, only possible when diabetes is already pronounced.
manifest of blood sugar: Simple and test strips accurately feasible test that can also detect early-stage disorders in sugar levels in the blood plasma. If the results are borderline or if there are indications of diabetic symptoms, a blood sugar test is carried out according to carbohydrate exposure.
Oral glucose tolerance test: If the values are increased in the fasting blood sugar test, a sugar stress test is carried out under standardized conditions.
Type 2 diabetes mellitus is inconspicuous for a long time and has few symptoms. If the disease is only discovered after symptoms have appeared, then there is usually irreversible damage.
In the early stages of the disease ( prediabetes phase ), the course is inconspicuous. Characteristic, however, are the sometimes only temporarily increased blood sugar levels (glucose). The beta cells of the pancreas are overloaded by chronically increased insulin production and can fail. Towards the end of the prediabetes phase, the heart and blood vessels can already be damaged, so that there is a significantly increased risk of a heart attack. The prediabetes stage lasts about 5-7 years.
The diabetes phaseis characterized by the fact that the blood sugar level begins to rise progressively and exceeds the threshold value of 108 mg / dl on an empty stomach. During this phase, the blood sugar level is constantly too high, the beta cells produce insulin to the point of exhaustion and then die. As a result, glucose accumulates in the blood, and when symptoms appear, diabetes can be detected in the urine test (threshold value above 180 mg / dl).
- People from families with diabetes cases
- Overweight (BMI over 25)
- Over 45 years of age
- Children with a birth weight of more than 4.1 kg
- Gestational diabetes
- People with high blood pressure (≥140 / 90)
- People with low HDL Cholesterol values of ≤ 0.9mmol / l (35mg / dL)
- People with increased triglyceride values of ≥2.8mmol / l (250mg / dL)
- People with unfavorable glucose values in previous tests
- Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCO-S) .
There is clear evidence of diabetes mellitus when the fasting blood sugar is ≥ 6.1 mmol / l (108 mg / dl).
methods such as the new Betachek Diabetes Early Test are semiquantitative methods for measuring the glucose concentration in the blood. In contrast to the test procedures at the doctor or in the health center, the blood plasma is not examined, but capillary blood from the fingertip.
The home blood sugar test is a quick diagnostic, in vitro test to determine abnormal blood sugar levels. Abnormal values can indicate diabetes mellitus or some other serious illness. Any abnormal result should be reported to and verified by a doctor.
With the Betachek Diabetes Early Test, the accuracy of the detection of blood sugar is 99%.
The urine home testing procedures are inaccurate. They only show when the blood sugar level is significantly increased.
High sugar levels in the urine tell the doctor that something is wrong. They are unsuitable for early diagnosis.
Application of Betachek Diabetes Early Test
How does the test work?
There is an area on each test strip with sensitive chemicals. When blood is placed on this area, a chemical reaction occurs that changes the color of the test area in direct proportion to the amount of glucose in the blood. The test is based on the glucose oxidase / peroxidase reaction, which is contained in the reagent area together with color indicators and non-reactive substances.
Why do I have to fast for 8 hours?
The test is called the Fasting Blood Glucose test. In the fasting state, the release of the hormone glucagon is stimulated, which in turn increases the glucose concentration. In non-diabetic individuals, the body produces insulin to counteract this increase in glucose levels. In diabetics, this process is disturbed and the tested glucose value remains elevated.
When should I take the test?
Test in the morning before breakfast. Make sure you haven’t eaten anything in the last 8 hours (you are only allowed to drink water).
How do I take the test?
Follow the steps shown in the pictures on the instruction leaflet. Natural light is best for comparing the result. The color of the test field remains stable for 5 minutes.
Fasting blood sugar test results with capillary blood of ≥ 6.1 mmol / L are considered abnormally high. Results of <2.8 mmol / l are therefore referred to as abnormally low. If the test area is darker than 6mmol / L (108 mg / dL) 1, the result is abnormal. In the event of an abnormal result, you should see your doctor for further tests.