Blood sugar checking, A1C, cholesterol levels, blood pressure and other yearly labs are the way that your health care provider monitors your diabetes control. Understanding what the numbers mean and why they are important can help you stay on top of all of the things necessary to prevent complications and live your healthiest life as a diabetic.
One of the biggest fears people with diabetes face is hypoglycemia, a blood sugar low. And rightfully so, because the most severe forms of hypoglycemia lead to seizures, coma and in the worst cases, death. Every person with diabetes (and under ideal circumstances, their family members) needs to know how to recognize and manage unpredictable hypoglycemic episodes. Let’s agree on some definitions first. What is hypoglycemia? Simply put, hypoglycemia is when your blood glucose (BG) dips below normal levels. Experts disagree on whether 60 or 70 defines a true low. It is very helpful to be aware of how [...]