Controlling your diabetes is a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly challenge, but the effort is worth it. Right away you’ll feel better and have more energy.The payoff? You’ll live better longer with less risk of problems from diabetes like heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, even blindness.
The key to managing your diabetes is to keep your blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. It sounds tough, but there are simple steps you can follow.
Spot Check Your Sugar
You and your doctor will have set a schedule to test your blood sugar. Add an extra check on top. Maybe at breakfast one day, lunch the next, and so on. It’s like popping in unannounced.
“If you’re a supervisor and your workers know that you’re only going to come once a day to check on them, chances are they’re going to be well-behaved during that particular time and the rest of the day you’re going to be doing other things,” says Sethu Reddy, MD, chief of the adult diabetes section at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. “If you spot check, you have a much better sense of how things are going.”
Use that information to adjust your eating and exercise to gain even better control if you need to.