Blood Glucose Monitoring
So your GP or health professional has said you are Prediabetic – they may have suggested you lose some weight, get fit, change your life. AGGGHHHHH. Run for the hills. You don’t feel fat ( or maybe you do ? ) you feel OK but maybe not as good as you did a few years ago. Before you do anything – anything at all – we recommend you learn what your blood sugar levels are – either upon waking or preferably after exercise and two hours after you have eaten.
Because if you don’t know your blood sugar levels how can you know if you are eating the right things? When your blood sugar levels rocket after a Friday night curry and half a bottle of wine ( it was a glass – honest ) and the next day you feel sluggish – your blood sugar levels may be playing a part in how you feel.
Knowing the effect of food and drink will be one of the ways you and you alone can ensure you STOP the potential for diabetes and START living a life healthy and to its fullest.
Many people think they can tell what their blood glucose (sometimes called blood sugar) levels are by how they feel. But, some people can feel “high” when their blood glucose levels are low, and some can feel “low” when their blood glucose levels are normal or high. The only way to know for sure is to test.
The body makes glucose from the sugary and starchy foods that you eat, but diabetes changes the way your body controls your blood glucose. Blood glucose levels are also affected by other things, such as activity, changes in medication (tablets / insulin), illness and stress.
Research shows that keeping blood glucose levels within an acceptable target range helps prevent the complications associated with diabetes. You can lower your risk of eye problems, kidney disease, nerve damage and heart problems. Understanding how to balance your blood glucose levels within the normal range will also help you feel better day to day.