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Blood Sugar Levels Are Abnormal, But You Feel Good? Then Test Again.

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tips for blood sugar management

Since being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, I’ve learned one very helpful tip: if your blood glucose monitor reads too high (150+), but you are feeling good, then always test again. In this case, if your finger tips are not completely clean, it can affect your blood sugar reading.

In just 2 months, I’ve experienced this about a handful of times, and it can ultimately can throw off your blood sugar levels for the entire day. Naturally, I will give myself extra insulin when my numbers are higher than normal. However, if my blood glucose monitor had an inaccurate reading, then this extra insulin will bring me down too low, in which I’m forced to bring it back up again by consuming additional carbohydrates. It gets messy (and not to mention frustrating!).

There’s no hurt in testing your blood sugar twice if your monitor reads abnormal – especially if you haven’t eaten many carbohydrates – which is most likely the culprit for high blood sugar. Yes, you may go through a few more test strips (and those puppies are expensive); however, it’s definitely worth it to prevent an unnecessary low from correcting an inaccurate reading.

It’s important to remember that I test twice when I physically feel good, haven’t consumed many carbs, and my blood sugar levels show otherwise. Don’t test yourself twice if you have a piece of cake and your reading is high an hour later. 🙂

Have a beautiful week!

Xo Ashley