Keeping Track of Blood Glucose Levels to Manage Diabetes
Diabetes is a disease that results in high blood glucose levels if left untreated. Normally, glucose in the bloodstream will move into the cells of the body.
People with diabetes are unable to use insulin properly or do not produce enough insulin to move sugar out of the bloodstream and into the cells of their body. The buildup of excessive amounts of glucose in the bloodstream can lead to a number of serious health conditions. This is why it is imperative for people with diabetes to monitor their daily blood glucose levels.
If you have diabetes, keep a journal to record your blood glucose levels, your dietary habits, level of physical activity, and other pertinent information. Keeping tabs on all of this information will help you to look for patterns that affect your blood sugar levels. You will then be able to effectively manage your diabetes while developing healthy patterns.
To test your blood sugar level, you will need a blood glucose meter, lancets, alcohol pads, and test strips. Your doctor will be able to show you how to use these medical supplies properly. With practice, checking your blood glucose will become much easier. A healthcare professional will also be able to tell you how often you should perform these tests and what levels you should work toward maintaining your blood glucose.
It is especially important to test your blood glucose when your medication has been changed, when you are sick, when you are experiencing anxiety or higher stress levels, or at any time when you have made major changes to your diet or level of physical activity.
Be sure to bring your journal along with you whenever you have a doctor’s appointment. Together, you and your doctor will be able to use the information recorded in your journal to determine the most effective diabetes management plan.
If you have questions about healthy nutrition for diabetes, contact your local doctor who will arrange for you to see a dietitian and nutritionist.