A Simple Mistake to Avoid if you have Type 2 Diabetes
Don't stop checking your glucose levels. I've read this before and I personally believe it. If you have type II diabetes, you need to keep checking your glucose levels with your meter. This should be done to get your fasting levels in the morning and after meals (an hour after is good, but sometimes two hours after is a better indicator).
Why should you continue to check your glucose levels? Because even if you are doing everything you should be doing to lessen the impact of type 2 diabetes---staying compliant with your medications, getting regular exercise, being careful of what you eat, particularly carb-heavy foods, keeping excess weight off, and working to lose weight if you need to, which is usually the case---you really won't know how you're doing if you aren't checking. You won't know how effective your medication is, and you won't know if your current regimen is failing or succeeding.
Why do people, at some point, begin to get complacent with using their blood glucose meter? I think sometimes we all get lazy. And sometimes we're fearful. It's just easier to assume that everything is going fine the way you're handling things.
And maybe they are. But how will you know? Checking your sugar levels with your meter on a regular basis is one of the simplest and most effective ways to ride herd on your type 2 diabetes. And if your numbers aren't where they should be, the act of checking can be an invaluable aid to either getting yourself back on track (diet and exercise), or reporting the information to your treating physician so he or she can make the necessary adjustments to your treatment program.
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