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Experiencing high and lows

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Experiencing high and lows

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Are you experiencing highs and lows?

Managing your diabetes with insulin is not so easy. You’re doing your best to watch what you eat, how you exercise, and you take your medication as recommended...yet your blood sugar levels still fluctuate. It can be a real struggle. You don’t always feel in control, you get some highs and lows. You feel tired or irritated, sometimes you feel down.

It’s important for you to be able to recognize the symptoms of highs and lows, so that you can remain in control and know what you can do to treat them. Now is the time to take action.

Talk to your healthcare professional as a first step, as he/she will be able to recommend adjustments that can help you manage your diabetes better; have a read of our handy diabetes checklist for topics that you may want to discuss with your healthcare professional.

Fluctuations don’t mean you aren’t trying hard enough – there are several reasons why your blood sugar levels might fluctuate:

Below are some factors that are known to cause blood sugar fluctuations.

The medication I take:
Is your current treatment the most appropriate for you?
Certain diabetes medications, including insulins and their doses, affect blood sugar levels and may produce different results in different people. Even if you follow your prescribed treatment exactly as your doctor has recommended, you may still experience highs and lows. You're not alone. It’s important to feel confident and happy with your diabetes management. Why don’t you ask your doctor if your treatment doses are appropriate or if other more suitable treatment options may be available for you?

My diet:
Can your healthcare professional recommend a better diet plan with your treatment option?
A good meal plan should fit with your schedule, eating habits and medical treatment. Ask your healthcare professional to help you find the right meal plan that will complement your diabetes treatment option and help you achieve your target blood sugar level.

When I'm not feeling well:
Is your level of physical activity impacting your blood sugar control?
Having the common cold, flu or suffering from allergies can have an impact on your diabetes medication treatment and therefore keep you from achieving your target level of blood sugar control. Tell your doctor about any other medical condition you may have. Small changes to your current treatment may help you manage your blood glucose better during an illness.

My level of activity:
Is your level of physical activity impacting your blood sugar control?
Regular exercise and a healthy diet combined with an adequate/customized diabetes medical treatment are important to manage your highs and lows. Speak to your healthcare professional about the level of exercise that may be good for you. He/she will be able to tell you if you need to change your level of activity, your meals or your medical treatment to achieve a better blood sugar balance.

Times when I feel low and stressed:
Discuss with your healthcare professional your levels of stress and your state of emotional well-being, as these factors may affect your glycemic control.
There is an emotional burden that comes with managing a chronic condition like diabetes. You’re not alone, many people with diabetes often experience high levels of diabetes-related distress and anxiety. The stress of daily management with different results in blood sugar levels can be frustrating and overwhelming. Talk to your doctor, he/she can reassure you by helping you to customize your diabetes medical treatment.