STAYING ON TRACK
Getting and keeping your blood glucose levels in check can be stressful, especially when you know that you need to keep doing this. Feeling frustrated from time to time is not uncommon. Try to remember that the more you check your blood glucose, the better you will understand your personal range and know when to adjust your diet, activity, or insulin dose.
If you’re finding yourself struggling, here are some tips to help keep you in a good place and on a healthy track:
With today’s meters, keeping track of blood glucose should be quick and easy. It’s important to stay with it, because frequent blood glucose checks make it possible to manage diabetes better. And blood glucose checks provide a good look at how eating, activity, and insulin affect blood glucose.
Some people with type 2 diabetes are using a newer style of device for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). It has a sensor that can detect blood glucose levels for up to 3 months. A little transmitter worn on the body sends blood glucose information from the sensor to a phone app. If you’re interested, ask your doctor if a CGM might be right for you.
Some CGM devices show your blood glucose reading at all times on a receiver, smartphone or smartwatch. An alarm will go off if your blood glucose is going up or down too quickly. Others need you to check your blood glucose by running the receiver over the sensor from time to time.
Most of these devices still require finger-stick checks to calibrate the machine. Check the device’s user guide to learn if you need to check, and if so, how often you need to do it.
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