Sometimes we need to rely on our doctors. But checking our blood pressure isn’t one of those times.
If you are lucky, every time you see your primary care physician or endocrinologist, somebody in the office will check your blood pressure. If you are especially lucky, somebody will tell you what the numbers are and they will be pretty accurate.
If it didn’t hurt, would you check your blood glucose level more often? I know that I would probably check mine six or eight times a day, if it were painless.
The technical name of the new test for blood glucose control will never be a big hit. But the test itself is the next big thing in diabetes.
A new survey of people with diabetes shows that we consider blood glucose testing to be one of the least challenging aspect of managing it. Maybe that’s because we don’t know when to test and what to do with the results.
Many of us with diabetes feel better now than before our diagnosis. That’s probably mostly because we take better care of ourselves now and get more exercise.
The preferred time to test isn’t before breakfast any more. Recent research based on studies of hundreds of people with type 2 diabetes show that high blood glucose levels after meals has a greater effect on A1C levels among people who have their diabetes under good control than among those with poor control.