Tips for Providers to Share with Patients:
* Event – Meal or snack, exercise or hypoglycemia
Meal or Snack – a ‘snack’ is 100 calories or less
Remember: If your blood sugar before your meal is at goal, and it's too high after a meal, think about what kind of food you just ate and how much.
- Did you drink something with sugar in it (for example regular soda, tea, sports drink, coffee with 'real' sugar)?
- Did you eat a lot of starchy food like bread, tortilla, potato, rice?
Exercise – ask your provider for an exercise plan
Remember: when you first begin to exercise, you MAY see your blood sugar go up a little bit because your body thinks you need extra energy to deal with this 'stress'. Just stay with your exercise plan and you'll see your blood sugars start to go down after exercise.
Hypoglycemia – low blood sugar symptoms
Remember: if you are dizzy, shaky, have blurred vision or frequent urination, or you feel "some way" - test your blood sugar. If your blood sugar is below 70 mg/dL , drink 1/2 glass (4 ounces) of juice or regular soft drink or 1 glass (8 ounces) of milk or eat some soft candies (but not chocolate).
Bedtime Insulin – The purpose of bedtime insulin is to control the blood sugar while you are sleeping. Checking your blood sugar before breakfast will tell you if the dose is correct. Don't hesitate to check your blood sugar if you wake up in the middle of the night and are shaky, hungry, having nightmares, etc.