It is crucial to track blood sugar levels regularly to control and manage diabetes. ‘Blood sugar level’ is the measure of the concentration of glucose present in a person’s blood circulation. Apart from diabetics, people with pancreatitis and also expectant mothers have to maintain proper sugar levels. Sugar levels are usually controlled by insulin, a hormone present in our bodies. However, the body of a Type 1 diabetes patient does not produce enough insulin. You can use the below tips to keep track of your blood sugar level:
1) Conduct Regular Blood Sugar Tests
The blood sugar test will determine the amount of sugar or glucose in your blood. This test can be done by a doctor, or one can do it on his or her own using a glucometer. The personal test or home test is preferred since one can do it at any time without having to go to a doctor. The procedure involves cleaning an area, for instance, a finger, pricking it and putting the blood on a glucose meter strip. The strip is then inserted into a monitor, and the results will be shown on the screen in less than 20 seconds. These results let you know if your sugar level is normal, high, or low. Checking with contour test strips is fast and accurate. The strip results let you know if your medication method is effective or not. You will also know if you need to make changes on your exercise or diet constituents.
2) Have Your Supplies with You at All Times
Ensure you have all your glucose checking supplies with you to conduct tests regularly. As a diabetic patient, you are required to conduct blood sugar level tests at least once daily, even when you are traveling. The list of requirements is long but make sure you carry your blood sugar meter with extra batteries. Also, remember to carry your glucose tablets or gels. If you inject yourself with insulin regularly, you need to have Insulin and a disposable insulin pen and needles with you.
Other supplies include alcohol wipes, medications, snacks, and a medical ID bracelet just in case you pass out and are need of help. In case you are travelling, carry food and avoid skipping any meals since this affects your sugar levels.
3) Write Down The Results.
After testing your blood sugar level, write down the time you conducted the test, the last time you ate, the medication you are taking and the results in a journal. These records are important in managing your sugar levels as your doctor uses this information to evaluate previous readings of your blood sugar levels and check for any problems arising.
In case of any issue, the doctor may prescribe a different medication or recommend changes in your diet. Apart from a journal, it is easier to use a logging app since you will probably have your phone with you almost every other time.