Weekly Goals for American Diabetes Month (Continued)

Week 2 - Testing and Numbers

What's dLife's mantra? Test. Don't Guess! And that is the goal for this 2nd week of American Diabetes Month. If you have not done it already, make blood sugar testing a routine part of your life.

Test Don't Guess

Begin by knowing your goal. While there is a target suggested by the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, the actual best number range is not the same for everyone. Discuss with your doctor what your goal should be and the best way to achieve that goal.

Once you know your goal, do a little research to discover what your numbers look like before and after eating, sleeping, exercising, etc. This keeps you feeling in control should the numbers not be what you expect. Be sure to plan for events like blood sugar lows.

After you set your goals, congratulate yourself, then remind yourself that you can't predict every circumstance, so when the numbers don't cooperate despite your best efforts, don't give up. Keep on doing your best and remember to talk to your doctor about anything you don't understand or want to change.

For more help, start here:

Blood Sugar FAQs — See if your diabetes question or concern is one we have an answer for already so you can quickly get on your road to good health.

Injecting Insulin — If you're struggling with learning how to inject insulin or need a refresher, this slideshow may be just what you need to get this flowing.

Health Diary — Writing is an effective way to remember things and a diary is a great way to track your actions so you can revisit anything at any time.

Testing in Pairs — Dr. William Polanksy talks about the concept of "testing in pairs" and seeing how people's own actions affect their blood glucose.

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Last Modified Date: November 18, 2013

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by Brenda Bell
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