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Today's Tip: My last blood glucose reading was high and I’m not sure why. What can I do?

If you are confused about what your blood glucose readings mean or about what could have caused a reading, go over them with a diabetes educator or with your healthcare provider.

Learn more about high blood glucose here.

Yesterday's Tip: My blood glucose always seems to spike when I drink caffeine. What should I do?

If caffeine appears to affect your blood glucose level, either keep your caffeine intake modest (but consistent), or work on cutting it out of your diet completely.

Learn more about caffeine’s effect on diabetes here.

February 26, 2021: I’ve been having difficulty getting to sleep at night. What can I do?

If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, try cutting down on caffeine, avoiding naps during the day, and getting regular exercise early in the day.

Learn more about getting the sleep you need here.

February 25, 2021: 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.

February 24, 2021: 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 diabetes and menstruation here.

February 23, 2021: 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, 2021: Why should I log my meals?

Food logs help you (and your dietitian) see what and how much you’re eating, as well as certain patterns to your eating, and how your food intake might be affecting your blood sugars. When you really take a look at your logs, you can gain some serious insight into your food intake and then think about what you might need to do to make improvements.

Learn more about diabetes meal planning here.

February 21, 2021: Why is flossing an important part of my daily dental routine?

Flossing helps clean your teeth, banishes bad breath and, most importantly, can help prevent against tooth loss (which is more common in people with diabetes) by removing bacteria and plaque that lurk between your teeth.

Learn more about dental health here.

February 20, 2021: I’m getting a restaurant meal delivered for dinner. 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, 2021: 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 reducing after-meal spikes here.

February 18, 2021: 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, 2021: 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 about ketones here.

February 16, 2021: 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 vitamins here.

February 15, 2021: How can I avoid ever having a low blood glucose level?

Avoiding all episodes of hypoglycemia may be impossible for many people, especially since maintaining tight blood glucose control brings with it a higher risk of hypoglycemia. However, although hypoglycemia can, at times, be unpleasant, don’t risk your health by allowing your blood glucose levels to run higher than recommended to avoid it.

Learn more about low blood glucose here.

February 14, 2021: I experience symptoms of hypoglycemia even when my blood glucose levels are in range. Why might this be?

In some cases, people who have had chronically high blood glucose levels may experience symptoms of hypoglycemia when their blood glucose level drops to a more normal range.

Learn more about low blood glucose here.

February 13, 2021: What are some causes of hypoglycemia?

When you take insulin or a drug that increases the amount of insulin in your system, not eating enough food at the times the insulin or drug is working can cause hypoglycemia. Physical activity and exercise lower blood glucose level by increasing insulin sensitivity.

Learn more about hypoglycemia here.

February 12, 2021: What is one of the most important factors my doctor will consider in suggesting a type of ED treatment?

It can be crucial to the treatment of erectile dysfunction to determine whether the cause is mainly physical or psychological; to determine this, your doctor may want to discuss your feelings toward intimacy or to administer a physical test.

Learn more about treating erectile dysfunction here.

February 11, 2021: I have erectile dysfunction. Are there any treatments that can help me?

Yes — over the last few years, several new drug treatments for impotence have been developed; if you decide to seek treatment, the chances of success are now greatly improved.

Learn more about treating erectile dysfunction here.

February 10, 2021: Is there any way I can improve my sexual health?

Yes — getting exercise and controlling blood pressure and blood glucose levels can preserve and even improve sexual function in both men and women.

Learn more about sexual health here.

 

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