So you’ve been diagnosed with some sort of blood sugar abnormality, whether this is a matter of just being a little higher than normal all the way to good grief you have a bad case of diabetes. All too often you catch this in the good grief stage by the way, as I did, because we don’t pay attention to this very much.
So if you catch it earlier, you can consider yourself pretty lucky, in that you can tell yourself that it could have been worse, and it certainly could have. Eventually, high blood sugar catches up with us, even though it may take years to do so, it does show its face at some point by giving us some nasty symptoms, even though that might take a long time to manifest.
If you do catch it in the late stages though, there’s no sense fretting about this, we never want to look back and we always need to keep our eyes focused on the road ahead, the road behind has already been traveled and we don’t want to allow ourselves to get distracted from what matters, which is our journey going forward with diabetes or with elevated blood sugar.
So the first thing we tend to do now is get ourselves a glucose meter, diabetics refer to this simply as your meter, and this plays a critical role in diabetes management. Doctors and other medical personnel tend to discourage this somewhat, often times anyway, which doesn’t mean that yours will but for the most part they don’t generally want you participating too much in all of this, as they aren’t probably accustomed to patients playing such an active role in the management of their disease, but this is absolutely required when you have diabetes, and want to manage it successfully.
Their bag is medication, and even with medication, you do want to stay on top of your blood sugar, although that’s not the main reason why your meter is so important to your managing your diabetes day to day, you need to measure everything you do in order to get the good idea that you require as far as what is going on, and this is especially true with managing your diet, although it applies to everything else you do as well, like exercise, taking certain supplements, or anything else that may have an effect on your blood sugar.
So the moment that you suspect that you have blood sugar issues, the first thing you need to do is get a meter and some strips and learn how to use it. It’s pretty easy to learn how to use it, you will be pricking your finger several times a day now, and several times is truly needed by the way, especially in the beginning, where you are learning about how everything you do may effect you.
Later, when you get a better handle on things, which may take quite a while actually, then you can cut down, especially when you get your diet down and know how the things you eat affect you and how other things you do affect you, and then at that point you’re pretty much just monitoring for any changes that may result, as well as measuring the effects of any changes that you undergo.
You may be told that you only need to test once or twice a day, and even be told not to test more often than this, this is not a good idea though, there is no harm in testing, pricking your finger a couple of extra times is harmless, you may have to spend a little extra money on this stuff but this provides you valuable information and it’s well worth the extra money, if required.
There are many folks who have to resort to buying their own strips, because they aren’t prescribed enough, or their coverage will only allow for so much, but if you talk to successful and experienced diabetics they will tell you that you should be doing everything you can to get these extra strips and do this extra testing, and I wholeheartedly agree.
So even if this means you need to cut back on buying food, I’d cut back a little on buying food and spend the money on these extra strips, it’s really that important. Otherwise you are flying blind, and if you just take the advice that you are given, well as you will see that doesn’t tend to set you up for success very well, as you will see as you read on here.
It is true that a lot of diabetics who have been managing their diabetes successfully for a long time probably test more often than is needed, but again there’s no real harm in testing, and a few extra pokes a day is harmless. This is critical though when you are at the stage where you don’t completely know what you are doing, and believe me, you will need to play a very active role in all of this if you really want to achieve long term success in managing your diabetes.