Breaking Bad Habits: Not Tracking Blood Sugar

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2012-06-27 07:42:15 -0500
Started 2012-06-25 21:23:26 -0500

Testing is a tool that we use to see what is going on inside. I know I hear some of us say we "know" our bodies, but testing is still the best snap shot of what is going on. I understand the frustration of numbers that vary and the pain of pricking, but it is our best tool to use. We really need to use it and allow it to guide our choices and our doctor's treatment advice. You can't treat what you don't know.

By: Everyday Health
If you don't keep track of your sugar levels and report them to your doctor, your doctor may not be able to figure out which diabetes drugs are working best for you, says Ali. “This is because many diabetic medications vary in terms of pharmacodynamics (how a drug influences a diabetic's body) and pharmacokinetics (how your body responds to the drug).” If your medication can’t be assessed, you can’t successfully manage your diabetes.

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Irish1951 2012-06-26 10:30:29 -0500 Report

I attended my support group last night and the topic was "Monitoring Blood Sugar". This is an ADA certified group and trainer at my local hospital. I almost fell off my chair as the leader said that studies have shown that regular testing for type 2 is not effective in lowering BS . I find this incredible. To say it makes no difference ignores the benefits. How else can you tell if some particular food is spiking your sugars? How do you know if you are dropping too low? How do you tell if you need to add a snack before you exercise to keep from dropping? How can the Dr's tell if the Meds you are using are working or even the right Meds? A1c is a good measure but we all know that too many lows matched with too many highs can still give you a good A1c. The only way to know for sure if the A1c is a good reflection of your BS is if your meter readings are on track with what the A1c is telling the Dr.

The real problem here is that the insurance companies will cite these studies when they start denying testing supplies for testing as a "cost effective/cost cutting measure ". Once again the ADA is missing the boat and not advocating for those they are supposed to be representing.

jayabee52 2012-06-27 07:42:15 -0500 Report

one of the reasons I'm not a big fan of the ADA. I think I will stop my rant now and leave it like that or I might say something I might regret