Cheat Sheet: How to Interpret Your Blood Sugar Readings

Cheat Sheet: How to Interpret Your Blood Sugar Readings

Basic Skills and Concepts

What you’ll learn in this module:

  • How to check your blood sugar and interpret results
  • What makes blood sugar go up or down
  • How to handle blood sugar extremes
  • How to engage your doctor in the process
  • Understanding diabetes medications
  • When and how to incoporate exercise
  • The process of evaluations to help you speed your pace to success

 

 

  • Why monitoring is important
  • Interpreting readings
  • Low blood sugar and how to respond
  • Types of monitors
  • When to check
  • Eating to your meter
  • Mind drama about blood sugar readings

 

 

  • How to think about your relationship with your doctor in a way that serves you
  • What your doctor thinks is important
  • What you think is important
  • How to advocate for yourself
  • Asking for medication adjustments

 

 

  • When to call your doctor for medication adjustments
  • Medications “control” blood sugars but usually make diabetes worse
  • Diabetes medications that increase insulin levels
  • Diabetes medications that decrease insulin levels
  • Additional medications that most diabetics are prescribed (aspirin, statins, and blood pressure medications to “protect the kidneys”)

 

 

  • Things that increase blood sugars
    • Food and drink
    • Stress (physical and emotional)
    • Medications (steroids, antipsychotics, antibiotics, etc)
    • Dawn Effect
    • Tobacco products
    • Caffeine and artificial sweeteners
  • Things that decrease blood sugars
    • Medications and supplements
    • Exercise
    • Drinking water
    • Alcohol 

 

 

  • Low blood sugar
    • Definition
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Treatment
  • High blood sugar
    • Definition
    • Symptoms
    • Treatment
  • Difference between ketosis and diabetic ketoacidosis

 

 

  • Aerobic vs Resistance
  • Intensity
  • How to use exercise as a tool
  • Fueling exercise
  • Being safe

 

 

  • Your roadmap to success
  • Filled with information
  • Reduces failure
  • What to evaluate
  • The process of an evaluation

 

 

  • Why monitoring is important
  • Interpreting readings
  • Low blood sugar and how to respond
  • Types of monitors
  • When to check
  • Eating to your meter
  • Mind drama about blood sugar readings

 

 

  • How to think about your relationship with your doctor in a way that serves you
  • What your doctor thinks is important
  • What you think is important
  • How to advocate for yourself
  • Asking for medication adjustments

 

 

  • When to call your doctor for medication adjustments
  • Medications “control” blood sugars but usually make diabetes worse
  • Diabetes medications that increase insulin levels
  • Diabetes medications that decrease insulin levels
  • Additional medications that most diabetics are prescribed (aspirin, statins, and blood pressure medications to “protect the kidneys”)

 

 

  • Things that increase blood sugars
    • Food and drink
    • Stress (physical and emotional)
    • Medications (steroids, antipsychotics, antibiotics, etc)
    • Dawn Effect
    • Tobacco products
    • Caffeine and artificial sweeteners
  • Things that decrease blood sugars
    • Medications and supplements
    • Exercise
    • Drinking water
    • Alcohol 

 

 

  • Low blood sugar
    • Definition
    • Signs and symptoms
    • Treatment
  • High blood sugar
    • Definition
    • Symptoms
    • Treatment
  • Difference between ketosis and diabetic ketoacidosis

 

 

  • Aerobic vs Resistance
  • Intensity
  • How to use exercise as a tool
  • Fueling exercise
  • Being safe

 

 

  • Your roadmap to success
  • Filled with information
  • Reduces failure
  • What to evaluate
  • The process of an evaluation

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