What is the purpose of testing my blood sugar?
Your blood glucose readings will greatly assist in evaluating how well your current diabetes treatment plan is working. Regular blood sugar monitoring can help assess what part of your diet, physical activity, or medication needs might need to be changed.
When is the best time to test my blood sugar?
Since every patient has an individual treatment plan, it is best to consult your physician about the best testing times for you.
How often should I test my blood sugar?
This is also based on the individual and what treatment plan has been dictated by your physician. All testing supplies such as lancets and strips require a prescription.
How can I be sure my meter is giving an accurate reading?
All of the meters recommended by our office have been FDA approved. However, all meters have a variance of up to 20%. It is best to replace your meter every 3-5 years and keep tabs on the expiration date of your test strips. If your test strips are expired, there is a much higher chance of obtaining an inaccurate reading.
What does it mean to have hypoglycemia?
It means that you have a blood sugar of less than 70 mg/dL which can be very serious if left untreated.
What are some symptoms of a low blood sugar?
Symptoms can include trembling, rapid heartbeat, inability to focus, perspiring, feeling weak or excessive irritability.
How should I treat my low blood sugar?
You may ingest 4 ounces of juice, 4 ounces of regular soda or 4 glucose tablets and wait 15 minutes. At that time, go ahead and check your blood sugar again to see if it has risen back to a normal level.
Is eating chocolate helpful for a low blood sugar?
No it is not. Actually it’s very fatty and therefore slows down the process of your body’s absorption of carbohydrates. Hypoglycemia is serious and needs to be addressed immediately.
Is hypoglycemia really that dangerous?
Yes, in fact it may be life threatening. Non-treatment of hypoglycemia has been known to cause unconsciousness, coma and in some cases, death.
Does taking insulin mean my diabetes is out of control?
Not at all. The goal for any diabetic is to maintain normal glucose levels. Insulin is often used along with a healthy diet and exercise to support normal blood sugars.
Is all insulin administered with a syringe?
Insulin can be administered a few different ways. While the syringe is common, it can also be given through a pen or an insulin pump.
Are there certain foods that may cause my blood sugar to go up?
There is no question that Carbohydrate rich foods like bread, pasta, potatoes, fruit and fruit juice, rice and desserts will definitely cause blood sugars to rise. Carbs can also be found in many fluids like regular soda, sweet teas, sports drinks and alcohol.
Do I need to completely cut carbohydrates from my diet?
You may still have carbs but in limited quantities. Our dietitian can help you customize a meal plan that regulates your carbohydrate intake.
Can I drink soda?
You may drink diet soda but it’s not a healthy option. It’s always best to reach for water when you are thirsty.
Is it o.k. to eat as much fruit as I want?
Your dietitian can help you determine how much fruit should be included in your daily eating habits. Fruit has its fair share of carbs that must be accounted for in order to regulate your blood glucose.
Can I eat as much sugar free food as I’d like?
Just because a food is labeled “sugar free” does not mean it is free of carbohydrates. These foods should be eaten in limited quantities.