Urine Glucose Oxidase Test
The urine glucose oxidase test measures the concentration of glucose in the urine. It involves the use of commercial, plastic-coated, chemically treated strips.
This test is used primarily to monitor urine glucose in people with diabetes mellitus. Diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) is a condition that causes problems in controlling the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood. It is a common disorder that occurs when the pancreas either totally stops producing insulin or does not produce enough of the hormone for the body's needs. This lack of insulin results in a low absorption of glucose, both by the body's cells, which need it for energy, and by the liver, which stores it. Another result is an abnormally high level of glucose in the blood, which is then excreted in the urine.
How often should I perform the urine glucose test? How do you know if the test was done correctly? What if the color of the strip doesn't match any of the color blocks? Should the test be done with morning urine? If the test results are abnormal, what are the next steps?