Quick Tips for Type 1 Diabetes

Installment #6

What follows is a quick and dirty list of my top of mind quick tips.

  1. The hemoglobin A1C reflects the average glucose levels over 3 months.

  2. Target blood sugar levels 2-3 hours after a meal should be under 180 mg/dl.

  3.  Check blood sugars 15 minutes after treating a low to make sure it’s coming back up.

  4. Nightmares may be a symptom of overnight low blood sugars in young children.

  5. Bedwetting may be a symptom of high blood sugars in children with diabetes.

  6. For 30 minutes of moderate exercise, consider using 15 grams of carbohydrates.

  7. A blood fructosamine level measures average blood sugar over two weeks.

  8. Learning to recognize patterns in your blood sugars is the first step to good control.

  9. The best blood glucose meter is the one you’ll use.

  10. Insulin keeps diabetics alive, but good meal planning keeps them in control.

After reading through the list, how did your knowledge compare? As always if you any questions or have a quick tip that you would like to share please let me know in the comments section.