Many changes will take place in your body in the years after your diabetes diagnosis. This will require you to make changes in your treatment plan and overall diabetes management periodically. Even if you have been living with diabetes for 20 years, you will learn that you don’t know everything there is to know. As time goes on, you will need to make adjustments to keep your blood sugars and overall health in control.
New technology is popping up all over the place that makes diabetes care much easier, and helps the progress of diabetes research so we can learn more about what our bodies need to be healthy. It is impossible to have the best diabetes control if you stick to a treatment regimen for years without adjusting it. Your diabetes itself will evolve, and so will your needs.
Reevaluating your diabetes management plan regularly will help you keep up with the needs of this disease. Take advantage of the latest technology such as new meters and insulin delivery systems that may be able to help you have better control. You may also want to consult with your doctor about new medications that are available. Some may work better for your body and your lifestyle to manage your blood sugar levels. As mentioned above, there is more than one way to treat diabetes, so research your options and pay attention to your own body in order to evaluate what you need.
Tracking your trends
One great way to evaluate your diabetes needs is to review your recent blood sugar levels on a regular basis. You may find that you need to review them once a week in order to get strict control; or you may find that you don’t need to review them quite as often. Once a month might do, depending on your experience and judgement. Whatever it is that you choose, stick to it and adjust treatment and diet as needed.
There is an important reason that your doctor recommends making an appointment every few months. Doctors want to help patients keep up with changing needs in treatment. If diabetes didn’t change, they would just give you the information you need once, and send you on your way. But it is important to follow up with your doctor and do the tests that they recommend so that you can stay healthy. Diabetes changes just as life changes, and if you choose not to change with it you will be struggling to understand how you got where you are when complications and challenges sneak up on you.