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.
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.
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.
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.
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.