Senior Citizen's Guide to Washington County Fall/Winter Edition - page 5

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If you are among the 100 million Americans living
with diabetes, you know how challenging it can be to
reach your A1C and daily blood sugar goals. Even if you
are eating well, being active and taking your medication
as prescribed, you may still not be at goal.
1. Take your drugs as prescribed by your doctor.
When the drugs that your doctor prescribed are
taken always at the right doses, they can make you
feel better, cut hospital admissions and help you live
longer. These medicines help to lower the long-term
health risks that are linked to having unruly high blood
sugar. If you’re not sure about your medication, ask
your healthcare provider to explain. Good doctor-patient
communication is important to your overall health.
2. Check your blood sugar every day.
Check your blood sugar every day, as often as your
doctor expects, and know your blood sugar numbers to
control high blood sugar. Type 1 diabetics should check
their blood sugar levels before bed, before exercise,
during exercise, and before and after meals and snacks.
Type 2 diabetics should check their blood sugar before
bedtime and before meals.
3. Keep a log of your blood sugar results.
Even if you feel good, blood sugar levels can still
change. When you bring this record to your healthcare
provider, you have a good picture of your body’s
response to your diabetes care plan. Many diabetic
support groups have printable materials so you can
easily track your blood sugar.
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