Blood Sugar & Diabetes Care
As an added service to customers who have been diagnosed with diabetes, or who have symptoms of diabetes but have not yet had their blood sugar levels tested, the pharmacists at Steven’s are able to provide on-site tests designed to monitor glucose levels, which indicates average blood sugar level over the previous 3-4 months (the average life span of a red blood cell). These tests include a glucoprotein test which indicates blood sugar levels for the previous two to three weeks, and the HbA1c, or glycosylated hemaglobin test which indicates the blood sugar range over the previous three-month period. In addition, Steven’s offers Lipid Panels, a test which indicates cholesterol levels for HDL, often referred to as “good cholesterol”, LDL, often referred to as “bad cholesterol”, triglycerides and total cholesterol.
Monitoring of blood sugar levels and cholesterol is essential for diabetes patients, as is nutrition education to assist diabetes patients in controlling the progression of their disease. It is estimated that diabetes occurs in approximately 4.5% of the population in the United States. Monitoring and controlling blood sugar levels is critical to the prevention of complications such as eye disease, hardening of the arteries, kidney disease, nerve damage and foot ulcers. This is true for all diabetics, including Type II diabetics who are not insulin-dependent. In fact, Medicare expanded its coverage (in 1998) for Type II diabetes so that strips and lancets they use with their monitoring glucometers will now be reimbursable.
Glycosylated Hemoglobin [HbAlc]
Indicates blood sugar levels for previous 3 week to tell you where it’s headed.
Body Fat Analysis
Doctors, personal trainers, and nutritionists recommend the periodic measurement of body fat for maintaining proper health status.
Blood pressure is the force exerted by circulating blood on the walls of blood vessels and constitutes one of the principal vital signs. Persistent hypertension, or hypertension, is one of the risk factors for strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, arterial aneurysms, and is the leading cause of chronic renal failure. Low blood pressure, or hypotension, may be a sign of severe disease and requires urgent medical attention.
Peak Flow Analysis for Asthmatics
We can measure your peak expiratory flow, a number that tells you how fast you can blow out air after a maximum inhalation. It may be helpful for you and your doctor to use peak flows numbers for your treatment “zones”. Zones will help you decide what to do when you have changes with your asthma.
Lipid Panels Including Cholesterol and High & Low Density Proteins
A lipid panel is a blood test that usually measures 3 kinds of lipids in the blood. The lipids are related to cholesterol, a fatty substance also in the blood. The 3 kinds of lipids measured in a lipid panel are: LDL cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein), HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein), and triglycerides. The lipid panel also measures total cholesterol, which is the sum of all the types of cholesterol in your blood.
Blood tests for triglycerides are usually part of a lipid profile used to identify the risk of developing heart disease. If you are diabetic, it is especially important to have triglycerides measured as part of any lipid testing since triglycerides increase significantly when blood sugar is out of control.
Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL)
Indicates your “bad” cholestrol.
High Density Lipoproteins (HDL)
Indicates your “good” cholestrol.
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