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Looking after your diabetes!

I’m Deborah Susan, a dietician and personal trainer specializing in nutrition and physical fitness for diabetics. Today I shall write on how you can look after your diabetes and continue to lead a healthy, normal and fruitful life.

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The secret to continued good health and fruitful life despite diabetes lies in regular testing of your blood glucose, not missing any prescribed glucose tablets or insulin dosage and a healthy lifestyle. Today I will concentrate on how you can monitor your blood glucose.

Monitoring your blood glucose levels (Glucose testing strips)

The key to keeping your blood glucose levels or (sugar levels as it is commonly known), under control is to keep your sugar level within the recommended range of 4 to 7 millimoles per liter. Only regular monitoring with diabetic strips can help you achieve this.

diabetes supplementsMeasuring your own blood glucose levels is quite easy if you have a good quality branded digital blood glucose monitors. If you don’t have one the neighborhood chemist or any online website specializing in diabetes monitoring tools can help you.

When it comes to glucose monitors, accuracy is the key, so do not buy cheap Chinese glucose monitors. Our own branded blood glucose test meter (glucometers) is highly accurate and usually cost between $50 and $75. In addition to the glucometer, you will also need a box of test strips ($40~$60) and a pack of Lancets ($15~$25). The diabetic test strip and lancets are to be replenished as and when required. Replace the battery in the Glucometer as and when required. If the blood sugar meters does not have a battery level indicator you should replace the battery in the glucometer every six months or so. A weak battery can induce faulty results.

body fat monitorTip: Buy a blood glucose test strips that has a large digital readout, adequate memory and battery indicator.

When and how often you use the blood sugar monitors depends on your treatment, the food you consume and level of physical activity. Apart from regular testing at home, you should also do an HbA1c test every six months. This test is done at your local diabetes clinic and the result gives you an overall picture of your blood glucose levels. HbA1c test results should be as close to 7% (or below). Even a tiny fraction above 7% should be brought to the attention of your doctor.

You can keep your blood glucose under control by:blood glucose test strips

1) Eating regular small healthy diabetic diet meals so as to avoid major fluctuations in your blood glucose levels.
2) Including adequate levels of physical activity so the insulin in your body works more effectively.
3) Reducing any excess body fat by regular checkup with body fat monitor. (Include half yearly body fat analysis in your health plan/ schedule).
4) Take your diabetes (and any other prescribed) tablets and diabetes supplements according to the schedule given to you.
5) Monitor your blood glucose levels and learn to adjust your treatment according to the results.

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Low Blood Sugar: Hypoglycemia

low blood sugar Hypoglycemia is a serious condition in which a person has a dangerously low amount of glucose in their bloodstream. Remember glucose is the fuel of the brain cells and the body’s cells. The real danger is the brain is running out of fuel. It will shut down if quick action is not taken. Many diabetics are well aware of the risks of having too much glucose in their blood stream (hyperglycemia), but some are unaware that having too little glucose is also dangerous.

With too little glucose available, your body does not have enough energy to function properly. Warning signs of hypoglycemia are shakiness, sweating, hunger, confusion, light headedness, sleepiness, weakness, fainting, convulsions, coma, and death. Recently researchers have claimed that just one episode of hypoglycemia leading to loss of consciousness increases the risk of developing alzheimer’s dementia by 56% – A serious life-long effect.

Some of the signs of low blood sugar are similar to signs of high blood sugar and some non-diabetes causes. When you feel strange use your blood sugar meters & blood glucose monitors to test your blood.

What Causes Low Blood Sugar?
People may get low blood sugar levels for many reasons. Sometimes, medications may cause them to have low blood sugar levels, especially if they try a new medication or takes too much of their medication and diabetes nutritional supplements. The Class of Type 2 diabetes oral medications, called Sulfonylureas are notorious for causing low blood sugar. Sulfonylureas tells the pancreas to produce more insulin. If a diabetics fails to eat enough carbs to cover the dose of Glucotrol or the other brands, this medicine will use up glucose that should be used by the brain and other important organs. Here are a few names:

GENERIC BRAND

  • Glyburide  –    Diabeta
  • Glyburide  –    Micronase
  • Glyburide  –    GlynasePres Tab
  • Glipsizide   –   Glucotrol
  • Glipizide     –  GITS Glucotrol XL
  • Glemepiride-  Amaryl
  • Sitaglyptin   –  Januvia (increases cell’s sensitivity to insulin like the above drugs)

Diabetics suffer severe low blood sugar events when they take an insulin injection and don’t eat enough carbs. Or exercises with diabetes shoes too hard with having eaten enough or reduced their insulin dose.

Low blood sugar is also sometimes caused by a diabetic drinking too much alcohol or when people with diabetes miss diabetic meal plans or does not balance their calorie intake with output (such as during a work-out).

Remember: When it comes to balanced blood sugar levels, every person’s body differs, so what might cause hypoglycemia for one person might not cause it for another person.

How to Overcome Low Blood Sugar

In some cases, when a person with diabetes gets hypoglycemia, it is an indication that the person should not be on a particular medication. In other cases, diabetics that regularly get hypoglycemia may need to pay more attention to their diabetes meal planning or to their physical activities; they may need to eat more carbohydrates or balance their exercise with an increased amount of diabetes carbohydrates.

Many diabetics, including non-diabetics, suffer the symptoms of occasional low blood sugar levels. However, if a diabetic experiences recurring low blood sugar levels, abnormal, or extreme side effects of low blood sugar levels, it is important for them to speak with a physician immediately.

Many Diabetics are also advised to keep diabetes glucose tablets on hand to help them more quickly recover from hypoglycemia. Glucose tablets have a high concentration of sugar that will provide a boost to the blood stream once consumed. Www.typefreediabetes.com offers a variety of glucose tablets options that are easy to carry around in a bag or keep nearby in a drawer or cupboard for easy and quick access.

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