Diabetes can be a very frustrating disease. There is no formula to follow for guaranteed results, no trick that produces perfect blood sugar levels and no getting comfortable. There are, however, guidelines and suggested treatments that have been proven to help control diabetes. The key word there is “help.” Even by following doctors’ orders and being as strict as you can with what you eat, you will never get perfect results all of the time. And sometimes you will have poor control caused by reasons you don’t even understand. Those are the most frustrating moments because it can seem to be out of your control. There are many factors that contribute to the fluctuation of blood sugar levels in the body. It can take time and a lot of investigation to figure out why blood sugar control is poor even though you are adhering to all of the recommendations for good blood sugar management.
When you are at your wit’s end and feel like you have tried every trick in the book, just hang in there and keep trying. I know that is a lot easier said than done, but at some point there will be a break in the clouds and things will get better and you will start to see results. The key to good diabetes control and stable blood sugar levels is consistency. If you’re stuck, here are a few areas of diabetes management you can focus on that will help you get positive results:
Track your blood sugars over a period of time and review them to see if there is a specific time of day that your blood sugars are bad. Then look at what you normally do during that time of day to see if your activities may be a factor in your unstable blood sugar levels. Then try and get into a routine so that your body becomes familiar with your regular daily activities. This may also direct your blood sugar patterns into a routine.
Keep a food diary. By writing down what you eat, it will be easier to analyze which foods may negatively affect your blood sugar levels. While trying to stabilize blood sugars, it might be a good idea to narrow your menu items to foods that you are familiar with and know how your body will react to. That way, you won’t have as many surprise highs or lows resulting from incorrect amounts of insulin or other medications taken for foods when you are unsure of the carb count.
The most important thing to remember is that you can lead to your own destruction. We are striving for consistency here, so by continually changing things you may provoke more ups and downs in your blood sugar levels. It is good to make adjustments where needed, but once you change something stick with it for a while to see if your blood sugars improve before making more changes. Stabilizing blood sugar levels can be a long process and you may only see small improvements at a time, but over time you should start to have better control and feel better too. It is true that nothing is set in stone when it comes to diabetes treatment. But by working to become familiar with your own body and creating an individualized management plan, it is possible to have overall great control and minimize the hiccups of diabetes management.