People with diabetes make mistakes, like everyone else. Below is a list of common diabetes management errors and tips to help you get back on track.
1. Underestimate the benefits of the exercise
Let's face it, we all become lazy. It's cold outside or we do not feel good. The days pbad without exercise. For people with diabetes, exercising is the difference between good management and complications. Exercise helps Type 1 better use the insulin they take, and helps Type 2 decrease insulin resistance.
Plan the activity and put it on your calendar. Short 10-15 minute walks or workout routines help reduce the blood sugar level. Exercise in the morning to do it. Be creative and have fun.
2. Use of food cravings to correct low blood sugar level
Do you use foods that you crave to treat a low blood sugar level and then exceed it? Have you eaten an ice cream container or a large bowl of cereal to treat it under?
Try using glucose tablets, glucose gels, or juice boxes in place of food. You will not be tempted to try more. If it happens at night and you do not remember it, talk to your HCP about how to correct a low blood sugar level during the night. It could require less medication.
3. Missed dose of medication or insulin
When you are busy, you may miss a dose of oral medication or insulin, which can wreak havoc with your diabetes control.
If you take oral medications, buy a medication dispenser weekly, and pre-fill it once a week. Set up an alarm clock or set the alarm on your cell phone to remind you to take your medication.
Snacking on the bag and eating too many salty or sweet snacks can sabotage your diabetes control. Instead of eating sandwiches from the bag, use small zipper-sized snack bags for snack portions. You can take the right amount to take when you leave. Keep tempting snacks out of reach, out of sight or, best of all, out of the house.
There are many packaged low-carb snacks on the market, such as KNOW Foods cookies and bars. *
5. Forgetting to adjust basal rates
Forgetting to adjust your basal rates during days without activity or for festive meals can cause your blood sugar level to increase unnecessarily.
Adjust the basal rate whenever you have a change in your routine. Meet with your insulin pump representative or certified diabetes educator to learn how to adjust your basal rates and when it is appropriate to do so. Baseline frequency tests are also a good idea to determine the correct basal rates.
6. Do not pay attention to blood sugar patterns
When we think of our blood sugar level as just a number, we do not see the point. Your blood sugar level is not checked so you can give your doctor a good list of numbers, but so you can observe and manage your own patterns.
You can reduce carbohydrates, go for a walk, or take more medication if necessary for a high blood sugar level after a meal.
If you have a low blood sugar level in the middle of the night, you may need your doctor to adjust your insulin dose. The point is that you always use your blood sugar level to adjust your self-management behavior.
7. Insulin stacking
Sometimes we forget how long the insulin we take stays in our system, and after eating a carbohydrate-laden meal, we may be able to stack insulin or administer repeated boluses. The buildup of insulin can cause low blood sugar levels that can be difficult to recover. Be sure you understand how long the type of insulin you are taking stays in your system. This way you will know when it is safe to take more.
8. Do not allow enough time for insulin to work before meals
For some people, not taking insulin before a meal will result in spikes in blood sugar after meals.
May help prevent these spikes by controlling blood sugar before, and by bolusing 15-30 minutes (depending on blood glucose levels) before eating. Some types of insulin (fast, ultra fast) respond more quickly, so you may need to talk to your HCP about the right time to administer a bolus based on your insulin.
9. Mix of insulin pens
Mix your insulin pens and finish by injecting the wrong type of insulin.
If your insulin pens are similar in color, use different colored ribbons or make a red warning label. Write "Quick" or "Basal" to remember which one is which. Keep your feathers in separate areas. Keep fast in the kitchen, and basal in the bathroom.
10. Do not be in charge of diabetes
When you have a chronic condition like diabetes, it's easy to get burned. The problem is that it is when things get worse.
It's time for a review and a reason to take the reins. Try a support group or take an exercise clbad. Talk to a friend or close relative about your problems. Consult your doctor if you feel depressed. Read magazines and books about new recipes and ways to motivate yourself. See this list of things that helped a young woman heal the depletion of diabetes.
* Disclosure: KNOW Foods previously sponsored the Diabetes Media Foundation, the nonprofit organization that publishes ASweetLife. This is not an affiliated link.