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Last Sunday night I had a diabetes episode that left me feeling cranky and exhausted on Monday morning. It was a completely self-induced event, which just heaps guilt onto an already icky experience. Here's what happened:
The kids were asleep and I was settling into the couch to watch some TV with my husband. My blood sugar was 127 mg/dl after a dinner of salmon and roasted sweet potatoes (yum!). I decided to have some banana chips dipped into natural peanut butter as a snack. I didn't intend on eating many, so I bolused just one unit of insulin.
My first mistake was bringing the entire bag of banana chips to the couch instead of just taking a serving. One handful of banana chips turned into two, then three. In the back of my mind I heard this nagging voice whispering, "You should bolus, this is far more than 20 grams of carbohydrates..." But, I ignored it.
A couple handfuls later, I encouraged my husband to take some ...
A healthy well-balanced diet is an essential part of glucose
control for people who have diabetes. However, having diabetes does
not mean that you have to eat special foods or feel deprived. But
you do need to plan ahead and be more thoughtful when it comes to
what and when you eat.
Carbohydrates serve as the main energy source for the body.
During digestion they are broken down into blood sugar and so too
many or too few carbohydrates can cause your blood glucose levels
to spike or drop. It is important to include them in your diet, in
fact 50 to 60 percent of your daily calories should come from
carbohydrate sources. For optimal blood sugar control, most of your
carbohydrate should come from:
Low-fat dairy products
Eating the same amount of carbohydrates each day helps control
blood sugar. It is also important to spread your carbohydrate-rich
foods throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels
consistent. If you have diabetes, ...
Home Management Monitoring Glucose (Blood Sugar) Levels Both low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) and high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) are of concern, especially for patients who take insulin. Blood glucose levels are generally more stable in type 2 diabetes than in type 1, so doctors usually recommend measuring blood levels only once or twice a day. For patients who have become insulin-dependent, more intensive monitoring is necessary. Patients should aim for the following measurements: Pre-meal glucose levels of between 70 - 130 mg/dL Post-meal glucose levels of between less than 180 mg/dL Different goals may be required for specific individuals, including pregnant women, very old and very young people, and those with accompanying serious medical conditions. Finger-Prick Test . A typical blood sugar test includes the following: A drop of blood is obtained by pricking the finger. The blood is then applied to a chemically treated strip. Monitors read and provide results. Home monitors are about 10 - 1...
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