Story by: Megan Barriger, M.A., R.D., CDE, MLDE on November 3, 2016
If you have diabetes, checking your blood sugar is something you have to do. You just have to. Not because your doctor says so, but because you want to feel good. Right?
Many things affect blood sugar numbers, such as your eating pattern and what you eat, exercise, medication changes, stress and your daily schedule. Since blood sugar is always changing, checking at certain times can be a useful tool to help manage diabetes.
Here’s when you should check:
The number of times you check your blood sugar is a decision to be made with your doctor. Your doctor also may have you check when you are sick, working to reach a treatment goal or changing your medication.
The most important thing to remember is that checking your blood sugar is not a test you pass or fail. Often people do not want to share their blood sugar log or information from their blood sugar meter because the numbers are not at their goal.
If your blood sugar numbers are not at goal, your care team can help you reach them by reviewing your log’s or meter’s important information. Blood sugar numbers that are low or high can be signs that you may need to work on changing your diet, activity, sleep schedule or medications. This is nothing to be embarrassed about. You want to feel your best — and so does your care team. That’s what it’s all about.
Pledge to take action for diabetes
Nov. 3, 2016, marks the National Day of Action for diabetes. Select an action that you commit to doing today to improve your health.
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