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Living with T2D effectively comes down to one thing – managing blood glucose levels. 

Living with T2D effectively comes down to one thing – managing blood glucose levels. 

While exercise, de-stressing, quitting smoking and many other things can help, the most important thing to know is that a proper diet directly affects blood sugar levels.

While exercise, de-stressing, quitting smoking and many other things can help, the most important thing to know is that a proper diet directly affects blood sugar levels.

T2D is one of those conditions that silently sits in the background and doesn’t give many warning signs. But, even though it doesn’t give many outward signs, it is silently wreaking havoc on the inside of the body. 

T2D is one of those conditions that silently sits in the background and doesn’t give many warning signs. But, even though it doesn’t give many outward signs, it is silently wreaking havoc on the inside of the body. 

image courtesy of: ArtisticOperations 

image courtesy of: ArtisticOperations 

Managing blood sugar levels help give people living with T2 a fighting chance of preventing many undesirable outcomes, but proper management can only be achieved, for those living with T2D by first monitoring their levels which will help them understand their body’s reaction to foods, giving the information needed to manage their levels. 

Managing blood sugar levels help give people living with T2 a fighting chance of preventing many undesirable outcomes, but proper management can only be achieved, for those living with T2D by first monitoring their levels which will help them understand their body’s reaction to foods, giving the information needed to manage their levels. 

Every person living with T2D would be wise to try and get his or her blood sugar levels to a normal range. That’s roughly around 5.7mmo/l (when in a fasted state) to 7.7mmo/l (after meals).

Every person living with T2D would be wise to try and get his or her blood sugar levels to a normal range. That’s roughly around 5.7mmo/l (when in a fasted state) to 7.7mmo/l (after meals).

Consult a doctor and discuss how to best monitor blood glucose levels at home.

Consult a doctor and discuss how to best monitor blood glucose levels at home.

What gets measured gets managed. If possible, keep a food journal and track blood sugar levels after meals to see how different foods affect it.

What gets measured gets managed. If possible, keep a food journal and track blood sugar levels after meals to see how different foods affect it.

Often, people blindly rely on the glycemic index chart to plan their meals. However, in some cases, a food with a low GI may spike blood sugar levels more than a food that has a higher GI number.

Often, people blindly rely on the glycemic index chart to plan their meals. However, in some cases, a food with a low GI may spike blood sugar levels more than a food that has a higher GI number.

That may only be the case for some. Since every individual is different, sensitivity to certain foods may not be the same from person to person. The only way to know for sure is to consistently monitor glucose levels, keeping a good record.

That may only be the case for some. Since every individual is different, sensitivity to certain foods may not be the same from person to person. The only way to know for sure is to consistently monitor glucose levels, keeping a good record.

It’s very human to get complacent but in the case of T2D’s complacency can lead to a lapse in proper care. So, monitoring glucose on a day-to-day basis is something that will help keep everything in check. It is crucial to stay proactive and keep an eye this. 

It’s very human to get complacent but in the case of T2D’s complacency can lead to a lapse in proper care. So, monitoring glucose on a day-to-day basis is something that will help keep everything in check. It is crucial to stay proactive and keep an eye this. 

The good news is that checking blood glucose levels is very easy. A simple prick of the index finger with a lancet releases blood that is absorbed into a test strip. The strip is inserted into a meter that analyzes blood glucose levels. Readings are given in a matter of seconds and new technologies are coming.

The good news is that checking blood glucose levels is very easy. A simple prick of the index finger with a lancet releases blood that is absorbed into a test strip. The strip is inserted into a meter that analyzes blood glucose levels. Readings are given in a matter of seconds and new technologies are coming.

Blood is usually taken from the fingertips because they are full of nerve endings and the blood here reflects changes in blood glucose levels much faster than other areas of the body, like the thigh or forearm.

Blood is usually taken from the fingertips because they are full of nerve endings and the blood here reflects changes in blood glucose levels much faster than other areas of the body, like the thigh or forearm.

The frequency at which patients should check their blood glucose varies. For those who use insulin pumps, it may be necessary to check blood glucose levels 2 or 3 times a day. Others may only need to check it once a day. A qualified doctor will be the best person to seek advice from. 

The frequency at which patients should check their blood glucose varies. For those who use insulin pumps, it may be necessary to check blood glucose levels 2 or 3 times a day. Others may only need to check it once a day. A qualified doctor will be the best person to seek advice from. 

Maintaining a proactive and positive demeanor will reduce the risk of worsening conditions while allowing for a more normal balanced life. 

Maintaining a proactive and positive demeanor will reduce the risk of worsening conditions while allowing for a more normal balanced life. 

 “It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” 

 “It’s not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.” 

– Lou Holtz

– Lou Holtz

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