Everyone, but strongly recommended for all adults aged 40+ and also strongly recommended for those suffering with raised cholesterol, as their risk of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) may be increased with diabetes.
Raised blood glucose levels can lead to diabetes. Diabetes affects 2 million people in the UK and is continuing to increase. Undiagnosed and badly managed diabetes can lead to other conditions, including significant problems with blood vessels, circulation, kidneys, eyesight and amputations.
The amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is also known as serum glucose level and is expressed in millimoles per litre (mmol/l) in the UK and mg/dL in the USA. Normally, blood glucose levels stay within narrow limits throughout the day, but it can be raised after meals and low in the morning. For people with diabetes, the blood sugar level moves outside these limits until treated. Even with good management, the blood sugar level will still at times move outside the normal range.
It depends on lifestyle factors. People with low levels of physical activity, a poor diet or other medical conditions such as raised cholesterol should check glucose levels more frequently. Even healthy individuals would benefit from an annual check.
In all cases, you should consult your doctor. Medical decisions must only be made following professional advice.
After use, all of the test components can be disposed of with normal household waste