Have you recently been diagnosed with high blood sugar or type 2 diabetes? You are certainly not alone as millions of Americans are afflicted with this disease every year. Knowing more about high blood sugar levels and what it all means is key in maintaining good health. Here are some of the questions to ask your doctor in order to improve your blood sugar levels.
-What is my hemoglobin level? This is a number given based on the results of a blood sugar level over a 3 month period.
-How often should I check my blood sugar? At what times of the day?
-How can I get my blood sugar levels back into a normal range?
-Do I need a dietician to help me improve my diet?
-Will exercise help improve diabetes and blood sugar? What types of exercise work best?
-Has this diagnosis had any effect on my eyesight or my kidneys?
-How are my feet? Do I need to be concerned?
-What happens if I start to bottom out with my blood sugar level?
These are some of the more important questions you will want to ask your doctor if you find out you have high blood sugar or are diabetic.
Not knowing enough about this health issue can e deadly. Don’t sweep it under the rug and think it will go away. By educating yourself and taking the steps to get it under control you will be on your way to a long and healthier future.
Why do I need to monitor my blood sugar level?
Monitoring your blood sugar (also called glucose) level can help you take better care of your diabetes. Checking your blood sugar will help you learn how food, activity levels, stress, medicine and insulin change your blood sugar level. This information will help you stay healthy and prevent or delay diabetic complications such as blindness and kidney failure. This handout will give you some tips on monitoring your blood sugar level.
Is there another way to check my blood sugar at home?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved meters that work without pricking your finger. But these meters cannot replace regular glucose meters. They are used to get additional readings between regular testing.