After Dalia Mostafa was diagnosed with diabetes…symptoms to beware of – and information not to know

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Monday, March 4, 2024

Asmaa Morsi wrote:

Actress Dalia Mostafa announced that she has type 1 diabetes, during a video clip on her official Instagram account.

Dalia said: “I have diabetes, but I am not completely blind. Maybe God will do this to protect us all from something more dangerous and greater. Thank God for everything. I am proud of myself, no matter how type 1 diabetes I am.”

She continued: “I would like to send a message to all diabetics, especially women who hesitate to use the device, for fear of people’s views. I tell you in all honesty, do not care about anyone’s opinion. The device has changed my life for the better.”

An internal medicine consultant reveals the advantages of a glucose meter

Dr. Ashraf Al-Halouji, internal medicine and diabetes consultant at Cairo University, explained in a special statement to “Masrawy”:

The glucose meter is an essential tool for patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, as it helps them monitor blood glucose levels accurately and easily, as well as being small in size and easy to carry, so it can be taken anywhere.

How does a glucose meter work?

The internal medicine consultant continued that the device helps measure the amount of glucose present in a small blood sample taken from the tip of the finger.

The difference between a glucose meter and an insulin injection

He pointed out that the glucose meter is used to diagnose diabetes and monitor its condition, in addition to measuring its levels periodically, and patients can use it at home or in the clinic.

As for insulin injections and tablets, they can be used to treat diabetes, as they help compensate for the lack of insulin in the body, and they are taken regularly according to the doctor’s prescription.

Prices of glucose meters

Prices of glucose meters vary greatly, as they are affected by several factors, including:

Device type:

Different types of glucose meters are available, such as blood glucose meters and non-prick glucose meters.

Device features:

The price also varies based on the features it provides, such as ease of use, measurement accuracy, and speed of results.

Number of test strips:

Small, single-use plastic strips, sold separately from the device, make up a large portion of the cost of measuring glucose.

Is it suitable for diabetics?

Al-Halouji added that the glucose meter is an essential tool for patients with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but the needs of each type differ in terms of the intensity of use of the device.

Type 1 diabetics need regular insulin injections, which makes a glucometer an indispensable tool for monitoring blood sugar levels and adjusting insulin doses.

Who does not need to use a glucose meter?

It is not recommended to use a glucose meter for children, due to the difficulty of understanding how to use the device.

How to use a glucose meter?

Wash hands with soap and water before measuring.

Check the battery indicator. Most devices have a battery indicator that shows you their power level. If the battery is low, it is time to change the battery.

Turn on the glucometer.

Insert the test strip into the device.

Then prick your finger with a lancing device.

Wipe the wound with a clean piece of cotton.

Symptoms of diabetes

Hunger and fatigue.

Urinating more than usual.

Feeling thirsty.

Dry mouth.

Itchy skin.

Blurred vision.

Sores or wounds that are slow to heal.

Pain or numbness in the feet and legs.


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