Understand the basics and more about monitoring blood sugar when you have diabetes.
If you have diabetes, then you know all too well how important it is to keep your blood sugar levels within a healthy range. While our Trophy Club Family Medicine providers Dr. David Yi, Dr. Paula Lansford-Seabaugh, and Carol Addy PAC will prescribe medications to help control your blood sugar, there are things you can be doing to take an active role and interest in your own care. Monitoring your blood sugar is key to supporting optimal health with diabetes. Contact our office in Trophy Club, TX, to learn more.
Monitoring with Type 1 Diabetes
If you have type 1 diabetes, you must be testing your glucose regularly to make sure that your blood sugar levels are within a healthy range. This is because those with type 1 diabetes have to give themselves insulin injections throughout the day, so they need to monitor their glucose to make sure the injections are working properly.
Our providers at Trophy Club Family Medicine may recommend checking your glucose before eating and before and after working out. Most people with type 1 diabetes require glucose monitoring at least four times a day, with some patients needing to test up to 10 times a day.
Monitoring with Type 2 Diabetes
When it comes to monitoring glucose levels with type 2 diabetes, it’s a bit different than it is for those with type 1 diabetes. There are multiple factors that we need to keep in mind first before determining how often you will need to monitor your glucose throughout the day. Some of these factors include your lifestyle, the medications you are currently taking to control your blood sugar, and your A1C level.
If you have type 2 diabetes you should monitor your blood sugar at least once a day. Our providers will be able to evaluate all factors that could impact your blood sugar and determine how often you should monitor your blood sugar every day.
How to Monitor Glucose
You won’t have to turn to your doctor every time you need a blood sugar reading. You can simply pick up a blood sugar meter at your local drugstore. This little digital device can provide you with a fast blood sugar reading. Blood sugar that is less than 140 mg/dl is considered normal.
If you have questions about monitoring your blood sugar or if you are concerned that your current medications aren’t controlling your blood sugar successfully, call Trophy Club Family Medicine at (817) 430-9111 to schedule an appointment with our Trophy Club, TX, physicians.