Imagine that you’ve just gotten your glucose into a stable range where it is consistent, and predictable. You have a great health routine, and your doctor has told you that your glucose is now stable. Now what? Some people believe that ‘stable’ means they’ve reversed Diabetes. But that’s not true. Some people believe that ‘stable’ means that they don’t need to monitor glucose anymore. But that’s also not true. Once your blood sugars become stable, here are a few more things you can think about to make them better.
If you have had Diabetes diagnosed over 7 years ago, and you are stable now, the best thing to do is to stay stable. As we age, our body will gradually have a tougher time controlling blood sugars. Keep an eye on your glucose and how your body responds to stimuli like different types of food and exercise.
If you’re newly diagnosed with Diabetes, or your A1C is under 7%, chances are that you may be able to lower blood sugars further. The only thing better than controlled diabetes is controlled diabetes with fewer medications!
- Check before and also 2 hours after a meal, or
- Check before and 30 minutes after a workout
Whether you’re new to living with Diabetes, or you’ve had it for a while, chances are you can further improve your numbers, or prevent them from getting worse. The basic tenets are to eat healthfully and exercise, monitoring your home glucose meanwhile, at least a few times per week. Of course, the same basic rules still apply to drink responsibly, reduce stressors that can cause glucose to rise, monitor glucose more often when you are sick (and expect that glucose will be a little higher naturally due to infection), stay hydrated, and of course, balance out your little temptations and guilty pleasures with your healthful habits.
Always ask your Health coach, Dietitian, or Doctor when you need a little extra more motivation, some new ideas, or if you’re planning to change your diet, exercise, or lose more weight. If you’ve already improved your diet and routine a lot, and your glucose is stable or going very low, chat with your doctor about whether trialing on a reduced medication dose is right for you.