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Blood Sugar Testing: Why, When And How

Blood sugar testing is an important part of diabetes care. Find out when to test your blood sugar level, how to use a testing meter, and more. If you have diabetes, self-testing your blood sugar (blood glucose) can be an important tool in managing your treatment plan and preventing long-term complications of diabetes. You can test your blood sugar at home with a portable electronic device (glucose meter) that measures sugar level in a small drop of your blood. Why test your blood sugar Blood sugar testing — or self-monitoring blood glucose — provides useful information for diabetes management. It can help you: Judge how well you're reaching overall treatment goals Understand how diet and exercise affect blood sugar levels Understand how other factors, such as illness or stress, affect blood sugar levels Monitor the effect of diabetes medications on blood sugar levels Identify blood sugar levels that are high or low When to test your blood sugar Your doctor will advise you on how often you should check your blood sugar level. In general, the frequency of testing depends on the type of diabetes you have and your treatment plan. Type 1 diabetes. Your doctor may recommend blood sug Continue reading >>

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  1. Linda Tierney

    What are the symptoms of hypoglycemia?
    Everyone reacts differently to fluctuations in their blood glucose levels. Some symptoms of hypoglycemia may include:
    a feeling of extreme hunger
    a headache
    an inability to concentrate
    blurred vision

    personality changes
    You may have hypoglycemia without having any symptoms. This is known as hypoglycemia unawareness.
    Low blood sugar can casue death, Or you can go into a coma and have brain death, which your heart will still beat, but your are dead for all that matters. It is an horrible death, I have seen it when my best friend injected not enough insulin she was trying to kill herself. It took three weeks to die.
    No matter if you have diabetes or not don’t fool with not eating enough. If you have any of thess syptoms eat something sweet. Sugar is your fuel, your cells can do without sugar even for a little while. Get checked by your doctor if you have these syptoms. learn them and know when you are in danger.

    I worked to hard one day and didn’t stop when I was hungry and my sugar drop so fast I almost died. It is like being like a bathtub and having a plug ripped away and all your engery runs out the drain. It is one thing I fear, even more than pain. Not something you ever want to feel. I have been a diabetic for 15 years. Please listen.

  2. Bee Openshaw

    I'm type 2 for three years now. I have learnt the rules - water, at least 2 liters and more if you can. When you are dizzy and shaky, drink water straight away. In fact, I always have water and some jelly beans. They work faster than anything to bring your sugar up. Pop 2 quickly.
    Eat four times a day sticking to what you know you are allowed.
    Exercise is essential but don't dehydrate. Selenium is an essential mineral you lack when your body doesn't produce insulin. Find foods in your area that are a good source.
    Sugar can go high with stress but i don't think that's the case with riding.
    Do you have a diabetic society you can call or visit?

    Do be careful, sugar levels are very very important.

  3. Rajarshi Banerjee

    The symptoms of sudden onset hypoglycemia includes weakness, lethargy, palpitation, muscle cramps,tachycardia, headache, blurring of vision, double vision etc. If not treated immediately this will follow to unconsciousness and even death. If you are a diabetic and on oral hypoglycemic drugs the risk is real. So always carry something sweet in case of emergency.

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