D-Blog Week: One Thing To Improve

We probably all have one thing we could try to do better.  Why not make today the day we start working on it.  No judgments, no scolding, just sharing one small thing we can improve so the DOC can cheer us on!

Consistent blood sugar checks.

It is much too easy when things seem to be going well with diet, exercise, and taking metformin to slack on even a daily fasting blood sugar test.

I have always stressed the importance of people with type 2 testing daily, even when not on insulin or oral medications capable of producing hypoglycemia. There is something to be said for identifying negative trends early, after all.

Yet, I forget my own advice sometimes, especially as someone prone to reactive hypoglycemia. That’s where if I eat a higher carb meal before or after vigorous exercise, I end up crashing to 60-75 mg/dl three hours later – not a level that is especially worrisome, just enough to produce unpleasant shakes and sweats. The simple answer is a blood glucose check 2 hours after the meal or exercise with an appropriate snack to follow.

Trends, they are important tools to bring to the doctor. Knowing when you need a snack, that is important to avoid an unnecessary sweat fest.

Posted on May 16, 2012, in Diabetes. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I’m a new diabetic and my glucose shoots up and falls rapidly immediately following exercise. I’ve gotten used to testing 30 to 45 minutes after so i know whats going on. Good that you are still active!

  2. Hi, I’m T2 too. I’m on glyburide which can make me go low. I test 4 times a day and I vary the times I test from day to day. I’m good at testing and great at logging. Thanks for your post. We need to be reminded sometimes that it is important for T2′s to test and why.

  3. I need to look into reactive hypoglycemia since I really dropped last night. Like you, I don’t get “scary lows” but feeling low sucks none the less. I’m also a huge advocate of T2 testing. How can we control what we don’t know?


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