Your Life With Type 2 Diabetes
You’ve taken a lot of steps towards leading a healthy, active life with diabetes.
You’re keeping a close eye on your blood sugar levels, choosing the right foods,
and being physically active. You probably also know that it’s important to quit
or cut down on smoking or drinking alcohol. Not only can these lifestyle changes
help you manage your type 2 diabetes, they can help your overall health and reduce
your risk for future complications.
Testing your blood sugar
It’s very important for people with type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar
levels as well as possible. By testing (also called monitoring) your blood sugar,
you can be aware of how your physical activity, meals, or insulin therapy affects
your blood sugar.
Since your body’s needs change at different times of the day, testing can give you
essential information. Depending on your blood sugar levels, you may need to make
adjustments to your daily routine and the amount of insulin you need. It is a good
idea to keep a record of your blood sugar levels (fasting blood
glucose, post-meal glucose levels and A1C) and share them with your
doctor. Talk with your doctor about the best time to check your blood sugar. To help keep all of your records in once place, download and print the Blood Sugar Diary.