Are you concern about managing your glucose? According to the Center for Disease Control, managing your blood sugar level is an important step in preventing or delaying long-term health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease. Below are 5 common glucose management mistakes.

Not Getting Enough Exercise

Exercise helps lower blood sugar levels and can make you feel better. It’s also good for your circulation because your blood vessels take a beating from increased blood sugar. Exercise at least 3-4 times per week. Walking, gardening, biking or any form of movement is good. Always check your blood sugar before and after exercise and eat a light snack to prevent your blood sugar from going too low. Before starting an exercise program always check with your physician.

Thinking Medication Will Fix Everything

Medications cannot fix diabetes. It is only a small part of diabetes management and there is a much larger picture! Once you are diagnosed with either pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes you will need to make lifestyle changes, like exercise, sleep, proper meals, etc. to help keep your blood sugar under control. It is also important to take your medications exactly as it is prescribed.

Not Getting Regular Checkups

Don’t forget to follow up with your doctor on a regular basis. Diabetes can affect many parts of your body. It raises your risk of heart disease, kidney disease, infections, and gum problems. Your doctor may send you to a specialist to treat one or more of these issues. It’s also important to visit an eye doctor at least once a year. People with diabetes are more likely than others to have eye problems with your doctor.

Not Checking Blood Sugar Properly

If you don't check your blood sugar levels the right way, the reading you get could be wrong. Be sure to put the test strip all the way into the glucose meter. Wash your hands before testing. Watch closely while a doctor or nurse uses the meter to test you. Then, copy what they did and try it yourself. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Getting accurate test results is very important.

Skipping Meals

Your blood sugar may drop too low when you do not eat regularly especially if you have already taken your diabetes medicine. Instead of eating one or two big meals, eat three meals per day and if necessary, a snack. It’s important to avoid foods high in salt, sugar, and fat. Your diet should include fruits and vegetables, beans, whole grains, fish, and lean meats and poultry. Talk to your doctor, a nutritionist, or a certified diabetes educator, who can assist you with meal planning.

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