Blood Sugar Testing
How often should I check my blood sugar?
Medicare regulations require that you consult your physician for testing frequency. You may be advised to change testing frequency, based on the following:
- Change in overall meal plan
- Change of diabetes pills or insulin dosage
- Feelings of low blood sugar
- Before & after physical activity
- Before driving
How soon after I wake up in the morning should I check my blood sugar?
Check your blood sugar levels immediately upon awakening and before beginning any activities, even showering, shaving, or putting on makeup. If you start the day before breakfast with normal blood sugar levels, maintaining control throughout the day is much easier.
If you wake up with low blood sugar, simply drink juice or milk to help stabilize yourself. If your blood sugar levels are high, you can take insulin immediately and allow it to work at least 1 hour before breakfast.
Testing your blood sugar early in the morning may take constant reminders, but it is a very effective way to improve your blood sugar control.
How can I test my blood sugar without pricking myself?
Currently, in the United States you cannot test your blood sugar without pricking your skin to obtain a drop of blood, but technology is progressing to help reduce the pain caused by lancing devices. Alternate Site Testing (AST) also allows you to retrieve blood from others areas of the body instead, so you do not always have to prick your fingers.
Do I have to use alcohol on my finger before checking my blood glucose?
No, simply wash & DRY COMPLETELY. Excess water or alcohol will provide inaccurate blood sugar results. This is also true for any dirt or food on the finger.
How do I control my blood sugar level?
M.onitor Blood Sugar
D.iabetes Diet Plan
*Medication where prescribed
This can serve as a quick way to memorize effective ways to controlling blood sugar. Testing or monitoring blood sugar levels helps you answer such questions as:
- Do I need a snack to boost my levels?
- Can I safely exercise?
- Can I go to sleep without experiencing low blood sugar?
A Diabetes diet is a fundamental part of controlling blood sugar levels, while exercise & medication are powerful tools that help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. By balancing diabetes diet plans with Exercise, testing, & prescribed medication, you can regularly achieve your target blood sugar levels.
What is an A1c?
It basically provides a snapshot of your blood sugar control over the last 2-3 months. The results are a good indicator of how well you are managing diabetes.
At age 72, why should I worry about blood sugar control?
You have plenty of life ahead of you, which is enough time for diabetes complications to arise. The better your blood sugar control, the lower your risk of developing diabetes complications. Just a few of many Possible complications:
- Loss of eyesight
- Hearing loss
- Skin infections and disorders
- Foot numbness and even amputation
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease & stroke