Why checking blood sugar is important; get free screenings April 18

When was the last time you had your blood sugar tested?

Should you worry about it? The answer is probably yes.

This is a behind the scenes glance at The Nine on FOX 2 as we get ready to do a live segment, testing blood sugar. It involves a quick finger poke, a test strip and a meter.

For anyone with diabetes, testing blood sugar is a way of life. 

St. John Macomb Cardiologist Sindhu Koshy says for everyone else, you should check this about once a year. The goal is to make sure your body is working the way it should. 

"The sugar from your food should be absorbed into the blood and taken to your muscles to be used up there." she said. "It shouldn't be sitting in your blood, the blood is the highway to get it to the organs." 

High blood sugar is a risk factor for diabetes and people with diabetes are 10 times more likely to have a stroke or heart attack. 

"Diabetes and blood sugar being elevated causes high cholesterol," Koshy said. "It causes plaque formation in your arteries which later on can cause a heart attack." 

Amy Andrews, Lee Thomas and Deena Centofanti all scored in the mid 80s which is right in the healthy range.

"We want to make sure your blood sugar is less than 100 if you've been fasting overnight, the 12-hour fast," Koshy said. "Or if you've eaten within two hours, it should be less than 140."

Blood sugar is one of four free screenings you can have done at FOX 2's Healthy Heart Project. It's happening at two locations, Providence Hospital in Southfield and St. John Hospital in Detroit. 

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