A long term plan for keeping blood sugars in range
Are you a duct tape aficionado? When you have a leaky hose or loose window screen at home do you pull out your handy roll of silver tape and give it a quick fix? That may work for household problems, but a "duct tape repair" isn't the way to go when it comes to your diabetes.
If you constantly "duct tape" your blood sugar highs with additional insulin and your lows with sugary treats, you are providing quick fixes to problems that require preventative care.
Here are some ways to help your blood sugar level stay where it needs to be – within a healthy range.
- Check your sugar level frequently.
- Follow or update your meal plan.
- Help prevent nighttime lows.
- Reduce your stress level.
- Become more physically active.
Don't "duct tape" your blood sugar swings. Plan ahead and reap the benefits of good control with less worry.
NOTE: The information is not intended to be a replacement or substitute for consultation with a qualified medical professional or for professional medical advice related to diabetes or another medical condition. Please contact your physician or medical professional with any questions and concerns about your medical condition.
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