Today's Tip: How can I ensure the best performance from my test strips?

Always check the expiration date before starting a new vial or box of strips. Keep your strips sealed in their packaging and away from extreme temperatures.

Learn more about managing blood glucose levels here.

Yesterday's Tip: I often develop hyperglycemia around the time of my period. What can I do?

If you notice a regular pattern of high blood glucose around the time of your period, talk to your doctor about making a monthly adjustment to your insulin or oral medicine regimen.

Learn more about women’s health here.

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February 23, 2017: How can I keep my blood glucose under control during extended exercise sessions?

Check your blood glucose more frequently following intense or extended exercise, and reduce your long-acting insulin dose or consume an extra snack after the activity if necessary.

Learn more about maintaining control during exercise here.

February 22, 2017: I’ve been experiencing high blood glucose a lot lately. Is there anything I can do?

Yes. Part of your hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) action plan will likely be more frequent blood glucose monitoring, at least temporarily, to help determine why your blood glucose is high and what you can do to avoid future episodes of hyperglycemia. Reviewing the amount of carbohydrate in your meals and snacks may also be helpful in determining the cause of hyperglycemia.

Learn more about hyperglycemia here.

February 21, 2017: I’m feeling fine. Do I still have to keep an eye on my blood glucose levels?

Yes — just because you feel OK doesn’t necessarily mean your blood glucose is well controlled.

Learn more about managing blood glucose levels here.

February 20, 2017: I’m going out to dinner tonight. Should I make any changes to my diabetes regimen?

If you know that you will be eating more than usual, you may need to increase your insulin or fast-acting oral medicine dose prior to eating.

Learn more about managing blood glucose levels here.

February 19, 2017: My blood glucose often spikes after meals. What can I do?

Substituting foods with a lower glycemic index for foods with a higher glycemic index in your diet will help to reduce your after-meal blood glucose spikes.

Learn more about the glycemic index here.

February 18, 2017: What symptoms indicate that a urinary tract infection has become more serious?

A fever, pain in the back or side below the ribs, nausea, or vomiting along with symptoms of a urinary tract infection may indicate that the infection has reached the kidneys.

Learn more about urinary tract health here.

February 17, 2017: How can I save money on urine ketone strips?

Look for urine ketone strips that are come in individually-wrapped packets, which last longer than those that come packaged together once the package is opened. Since they may be used only sporadically, this can help ensure that they are not wasted.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

February 16, 2017: What role does vitamin C play in health?

One important role that vitamin C may play is protecting against damage to DNA within cells throughout the body. Good sources of vitamin C include guava, red and green bell peppers, kiwifruit, and oranges.

Learn more about nutrition and meal planning here.