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What I Learned About Blood Sugar Testing
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IIf you have type 2 diabetes like me, it means you have to do various things on a regular basis to manage your diabetes. For instance, you have to change your eating habits to make better choices. You also have to read nutrition labels, manage your portion control, and not over- or under-eat. You also must exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days a  week. This will help to manage your weight, keep you active, and reduce your blood sugar.

These things reduce your chances of having a heart attack, getting high cholesterol, or developing high blood pressure. If you have to take medication by mouth or insulin, then you have to take your medicine on time according to your doctor’s orders or eat before you take your medicine, so your blood sugar won’t go too low. I take my medication because it helps to regulate my blood sugars, which is an important and critical part of my survival.

Blood testing! The infamous blood testing methods include blood testing meters and A1c blood tests. Unfortunately, this is also part of the regime if you have type 2 diabetes. Your blood sugar numbers matter, and each number will mean something different.

Depending on your doctor’s diabetes treatment plan, you may have to test your blood sugars with a monitor once, twice, or even three times a day. This can be a daunting task, but it’s important because you need to know your blood sugar levels.

Testing your blood sugar with a meter means sticking yourself with a small needle prick so you can draw blood to put on a testing strip. Then, your blood sugar results are revealed. If your blood sugar number is too high, you may have to take additional medication or contact your doctor.

If your blood sugar results are extremely high, you may need to go to the ER, as you could go into a diabetic coma. If your blood sugar is too low, you may need to drink something sweet or even eat a piece of candy. Unfortunately, if your blood sugar level is too low or too high, it can result in the same consequences -- contacting your doctor, going to the ER, or even a diabetic coma.

If you have diabetes, this testing is sometimes a daunting task. It hurts, and you don’t always like to do it, but it’s necessary. With modern technology, drug manufacturers have developed new blood testing monitors that don’t hurt as much.

Unfortunately, all insurance carriers don’t cover the new machines, and paying out of pocket without insurance is extremely costly. The most important lesson is to always know your blood sugar numbers because it is a part of your diabetes management. It can be the difference between life and death.

Remember: We manage our diabetes because we want to live!



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Robin Dorsey

Robin Dorsey

Diagnosed since 2006

A native of the Washington, DC, metro area, Robin Dorsey has lived with Type 2 diabetes for 15 years. She's the award-winning host of The Impact with Robin Dorsey, which airs on DCTV public access and will soon be on Fairfax Public Access (FPA) TV. The show profiles nonprofit organizations, community outreach efforts, extraordinary individuals and celebrity red carpet events. She founded her own publishing company, Dorsey Publishing, and is the co-author of A Mother & Daughter Memoirs of Love, Desire, Pain and Inspiration. She wrote the book along with her late mother, Renita T. Mock. Robin is an Ambassador for the American Diabetes Association (ADA). In addition, she has her MBA and provides subject matter expertise to the federal government. She has administered federal contracts for over 20 years. Her ultimate goal is to make a difference and to help “Stop Diabetes.” She is a proud mother to a handsome son, Darius, who is her biggest supporter and helps her maintain her diabetes.

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