Why Testing Blood Sugar Levels is an Absolute Must
Diabetes is a disease that requires continuous attention. Ignoring the illnesses is nothing short of dangerous. In Type 2 Diabetes, the body isn't able to properly use the hormone insulin, which is responsible for transferring glucose out of the blood stream and into the muscle cells. This causes unhealthily high glucose levels in the blood, eventually leading to a series of health issues.
If left alone, you put yourself at risk of a number of symptoms that render life unenjoyable. You risk loss of sleep, stamina, and mental health under the life altering rule of the illness. Higher and higher glucose levels in the blood causes the rate of blood flow in your circulatory system to drastically change. This can harm vision, cause neuropathy, and disable important functions in the body.
How can one stay on top of Diabetes?
It cannot be overstated that an important aspect of treatment is remaining aware of one’s current and past blood glucose levels. There are numerous ways in which one can test their glucose levels but the two most common are simple portable blood glucose monitors mostly used after a period of fasting (like a night sleep) or a couple hours after meals, and the second is the more extensive HbA1c test, which involve a doctor's visit taking place every 3-4 months. Portable glucose monitors rely on you looking after your own health, as the doctor will not be there to encourage or administer the test.
Testing is the only way to see how well one is managing their diabetic lifestyle. Blood glucose levels take into account everything one does in relation to the illness, it is the main sign of how well certain treatments are working. You can’t forget that everyone is different, what works for one person might not work for another.
Regular testing is important not only for the management of your sugar levels, but also for medical professionals who need to understand your blood sugar history in order to better help you. That's why you should measure you blood sugar at least once per day, although more frequently is recommended. Many sufferers do not understand that combating diabetes needs to be approached from multiple angles and multiple methods.
Ignoring the effect of diabetes when making daily decisions, is to risk a worsening condition. It's a team effort, involving doctor, family, friends and most of all, the patient. Everyone needs to actively manage the disease together. Many factors affect blood glucose level and discovering how those factors affect yours is critical. Think of yourself as a detective trying to discover why things are happening. You need to isolate the variables through a process of trial and error. Which foods spike you sugars? Which don’t? Does stress do it? Diet is not the sole contributor to Type 2 Diabetes, stress and illness are heavily involved as well. Don’t let yourself be a victim. Stay aware and active, test yourself regularly and find the factors keeping you from a wholesome life.
We at CuraLife understand the difficulties and complications of dealing with diabetes. We want to make this process easy as possible. Our tips and info are here so that you can do what you love, enjoy what you do, and no longer be a person defined by their illness.
The CuraLife Team