Do You Know Your Numbers?
The Importance of Testing Blood Glucose
Testing your blood glucose is an essential part of diabetes care. By doing this, you are able to see how your blood sugars respond to certain foods, situations, and activities. It is also an important tool in managing your treatment plan, avoiding long-term complications of diabetes and preventing emergency situations from happening. Knowing your blood glucose level will indicate how your body is responding to your diabetes care plan; help determine an initial insulin dosage, and when to adjust those levels. It will also help a physician understand how to control each individual’s disease so they can adjust medications as needed.
What the Testing Numbers Mean
Type 1 Diabetes
Only about 10% of those with diabetes have type 1. Type 1 diabetes is more commonly found in children, adolescents, and young adults. Having diabetes means that the body’s immune system destroys the cells that produce and release your body’s insulin. When your body does not have insulin, your cells cannot absorb sugar, which is needed to produce energy. Daily insulin injections will help to adjust your blood sugar levels to make sure your body is healthy, and getting the exact amount of sugar.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes often occurs in adults, and makes up about 90% of those who have diabetes. This type occurs when the body does not make enough insulin, or does not effectively use the insulin it produces. When this happens, glucose builds up in the blood instead of going into the body’s cells, causing your body function improperly. A majority of these cases are preventable and you may be able to control the disease by eating healthy, getting exercise, and taking medicine. Your primary care physician will be able to help determine what treatment plan is best for you.
CMH Diabetes Education Services
CMH offers educational sessions and medical nutrition therapy for those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Our treatment curriculum has been accepted by the American Diabetic Association. Individuals will be informed on how make healthy decisions for their diabetes in their everyday living, as well as how to prevent future problems. Diabetics will be educated on the importance of watching their blood glucose levels, how to control their diabetes, and ways to live life as normally as possible. To schedule an appointment, have your primary care physician fax a referral to the CMH Diabetes Education Center at: 417-777-7881.
I look forward to meeting you,
Jessica Miller, RD/LD, CDE
CMH Diabetes Education Center