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

Related Articles From the Blog

Do Plant Based Diets Reverse Type 2 Diabetes?

There is a hot debate out there about what causes insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes:Is it dietary fat or is it sugar and starches?I've been immersing myself in the world of whole-food-plant-based diets for reversing Type 2 diabetes.  This is essentially the...

Why Blaming Yourself For Your Diabetes Keeps You Stuck

How many times have you told yourself that you "did this to yourself?"  It's common for people with Type 2 diabetes to blame and shame themselves for having this problem.  All my clients have some amount of this going on, and I've been here...

What To Do When You Just Don't Want To

All of us have gotten off track before.  And sometimes, we get stuck.  We can stay stuck for days, weeks, even months before we decide to get back on track.Why is this happening?  I want to give you the understanding you need in order to shorten that time and get back...