If you have Diabetes, you probably know how important it is to learn how to manage your blood sugar. The harmful effects of Diabetes can be decreased by good control.
Since frequent increases and decreases in the glucose levels in the blood can cause you to feel dizzy, nauseous, disoriented along with many other problems, you need a plan to handle your Diabetes. Even though it is hard for some people to get control of their blood sugar levels, there are ways to decrease the fluctuations in your glucose levels to help minimize these effects.
First you need to monitor your blood sugar regularly. I know it’s not fun to poke your finger so many times a day, I’m right there with you. If it is really difficult for you to do, there are glucose monitors that can allow you to poke other areas on the body such as the forearms. Remember, you need to check your blood sugar more often when you are sick.
If your are prescribed medications, take them as directed and as close to the same time of day as possible every time you take them.
The normal level of glucose for people without Diabetes is around 99, so our objective is to be as close to that as possible. In people without Diabetes, the level may go over 200 after a large meal, but, the insulin rushes in to take over and returns the glucose level back to normal within about two hours. This is how the body makes sure that the blood sugar level is balanced.
For those of us who have Diabetes, we must monitor our blood sugars along with our exercise and the food we eat. All of these things together helps us to figure out what makes our blood sugar rise and what makes it go down, thereby giving us more control.
Make sure to keep all of your appointments with your doctors and Diabetes team. Keeping an updated list of all your medications is a necessity at every visit. Regular visits and lab tests will help you stay on track. One of the most important tests they will do is the A1C. This test is done about every three months and tells both you and your physician what your blood sugar levels are averaging over a few months time. Past results of your A1C can alert your physician of your risk for sight impairment, kidney problems, and many other complications of Diabetes, which will help you both form a plan of action and make the necessary changes to help prevent these things from happening.
Exercise and diet are the two most important factors to help maintain glucose levels. Eating a healthy diet and keeping your weight under control along with exercise is an excellent way to keep good control of your glucose levels. Being overweight is one of the factors linked to diabetes and to the way it affects your body.
Since high blood pressure increases the problems associated with diabetes, there is the added benefit of losing weight, and eating a healthy diet, which will also lower your blood pressure. Constant high blood pressure will increase your risk of heart attacks, strokes, and nerve and eye problems, which are all complications of Diabetes.
A change in diet, a little more exercise and weight loss along with frequent monitoring of blood sugars are the keys to a normal life for people with diabetes. It’s a small price to pay for a little more time with your family and friends and a productive, active life.
Take Care of Your Heart. Manage Your Diabetes, publication date April 1, 2010