Today's Tip: How often should I have an HbA1c test?

People meeting their diabetes treatment goals should have an HbA1c test at least twice a year, and those whose therapy has changed or who are not meeting their goals should be tested four times a year.

Learn more about HbA1c here.

Yesterday's Tip: What should you do if you think you’ve developed low blood glucose?

If you think your blood glucose level is low, address the problem promptly. Stop what you’re doing, check your blood glucose level with your meter, and have a snack if necessary, even if you have to stop your car or interrupt a conversation to do it. If you don’t have your meter with you or can’t use it for any reason, go ahead and treat your symptoms of hypoglycemia without checking your blood glucose level first.

Learn more about hypoglycemia here.

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January 16, 2019: How should I handle an episode of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose)?

To treat hypoglycemia, chew and swallow four glucose tablets (containing about 4 grams of carbohydrate each) or drink about 5 ounces of orange juice or a regular (not diet) soft drink.

Learn more about hypoglycemia here.

January 15, 2019: Should I purchase exercise videos to help me stick to my exercise routine?

Videos can be helpful for teaching you new routines and keeping you motivated. However, rather than buying exercise videos at retail price, it is far more cost-effective to borrow them from your public library, buy them for pennies at a garage sale, record them from your TV or watch them online.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

January 14, 2019: I’m thinking of starting an exercise program. Should I purchase equipment to enhance the routines I’m planning on?

If you’re thinking of buying exercise equipment, only buy something if you’re sure you’ll use it regularly.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

January 13, 2019: I can’t afford to join a gym. How can I get exercise?

Walking is one of the best — and least expensive — forms of exercise. The only piece of equipment you need is a good pair of walking shoes.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

January 12, 2019: How can I save money on my food?

One of the keys to saving money while maximizing nutrition is to plan meals well in advance.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

January 11, 2019: Can generic drugs help me save money?

Quite possibly. Generic drugs are almost identical to brand-name preparations, but they can cost significantly less. Ask your doctor if a generic version of your diabetes drugs is available and acceptable.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

January 10, 2019: How should I go about getting the best price on my medicines?

When shopping around for a deal on drug prices, consider all the medicines you take. Pick the source with the lowest overall cost for your total drug needs.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

January 9, 2019: How long can I use a bottle of insulin?

Manufacturer recommendations vary, but generally, opened bottles of insulin kept in either the refrigerator or at room temperature should be discarded after one month. Store unrefrigerated insulin below 86ºF away from heat and light and follow the manufacturer’s storage recommendations to avoid spoilage and waste.

Learn more about insulin here.