There are currently 12 names in this directory beginning with the letter B.
A lipoprotein of blood plasma that is associated with increased probability of developing atherosclerosis
A steady trickle of low levels of longer-acting insulin, such as that used in insulin pumps.
Having less than ¹/₁₀ of normal vision in the more efficient eye when refractive defects are fully corrected by lenses
The main sugar found in the blood and the body's main source of energy. Also called blood sugar.
Blood Glucose Level
The amount of glucose in a given amount of blood. It is noted in milligrams in a deciliter, or mg/dL.
Blood Glucose Meter
A small, portable machine used by people with diabetes to check their blood glucose levels. After pricking the skin with a lancet, one places a drop of blood on a test strip in the machine. The meter (or monitor) soon displays the blood glucose level as a number on the meter's digital display.
Blood Glucose Monitoring
Checking blood glucose level on a regular basis in order to manage diabetes. A blood glucose meter (or blood glucose test strips that change color when touched by a blood sample) is needed for frequent blood glucose monitoring.
The force of blood exerted on the inside walls of blood vessels. Blood pressure is expressed as a ratio (example: 120/80, read as "120 over 80"). The first number is the systolic (sis-TAH-lik) pressure, or the pressure when the heart pushes blood out into the arteries. The second number is the diastolic (DY-uh-STAH-lik) pressure, or the pressure when the heart rests.
Tubes that carry blood to and from all parts of the body. The three main types of blood vessels are arteries, veins and capillaries.
Body Mass Index
A measure used to evaluate body weight relative to a person's height. BMI is used to find out if a person is underweight, normal weight, overweight or obese.