Moving Forward with Insulin1

Keeping your blood sugar (glucose) level within your target range can help prevent or delay the health problems caused by diabetes.

Your Blood Sugar (Glucose) and You1

Keeping track of your blood sugar (glucose) levels in order to manage your diabetes may seem overwhelming at first. But once you get the hang of it — it will quickly become part of your daily routine.

Here are some tips on what can raise or lower your blood sugar (glucose) level:

Increases your blood sugar (glucose) levels:
  • Eating too much
  • Not being physically active
  • Not taking diabetes medications
  • Side effects from other medications
  • Experiencing stress
  • Experiencing pain
  • Experiencing illness
  • Menstrual periods (changes hormone levels)
  • Dehydration
Decreases your blood sugar (glucose) levels:
  • Not eating or skipping meals
  • Drinking alcohol
  • Taking too much insulin
  • Side effects from other medications
  • Too much physical activity
Important: Be sure to follow your doctor’s recommendations on managing your blood sugar (glucose) levels so you can feel your best every day.

Use a Logbook to Track Your Blood Sugar (Glucose) Levels

With a logbook2, you can keep track of your blood sugar (glucose) levels according to the schedule recommended by your doctor.

Just write down what you ate, when you ate, how much you ate, and when you exercised. Then work with your doctor to understand how food and physical activity can make your blood sugar (glucose) levels go up or down.

By sharing it with your doctor, you can get a better understanding of what lifestyle choices increase and decrease your blood sugar (glucose) levels.

Important: It's best to work with your doctor to establish goals that are right for you.

You've Just Completed the Why Insulin? Section

Congratulations! You should now have a better understanding of diabetes, the importance of insulin, myths and facts about insulin, and how to track your blood sugar (glucose) levels.

Type 2 diabetes can be challenging to manage, but it’s important to stay motivated and do your best to adhere to your insulin treatment — you can do it!

Don’t forget to check out the Starting Insulin, Low Blood Sugar and Living with Diabetes sections to get the basic knowledge you need for a successful insulin treatment journey.

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