Glucose tests are used to measure the level of glucose (sugar) in a person's blood. They are commonly used by individuals with diabetes to monitor their blood sugar levels. There are different types of glucose tests, including fingerstick tests, continuous glucose monitoring systems, and laboratory-based tests. Fingerstick tests involve pricking the finger with a lancet and placing a drop of blood on a test strip, which is then inserted into a glucose meter to get a reading.
Continuous glucose monitoring systems use a small sensor inserted under the skin to measure glucose levels continuously throughout the day.
Laboratory-based tests involve drawing blood and sending it to a laboratory for analysis.