|Diabetes: Managing the Numbers |
Diabetes: Managing the Numbers
Q: I’ve been living with
diabetes for two years.
Managing and worrying
about my blood sugar
levels alone takes so
much time and energy.
Keeping track of all the
other conditions that
affect my health – my
weight, blood pressure,
etc. – stresses me out!
What can I do to make
Bridgeport Hospital Chief of Endocrinology John
H. Machledt Jr., MD, responds:
A: If you have diabetes, it may seem like the numbers have
taken over your life. You’re responsible for managing and
monitoring all kinds of physical measurements you never
really thought about before: blood glucose, weight, cholesterol,
blood pressure. You’re reading labels, watching the
clock and testing yourself. It’s common to feel overwhelmed,
but managing the stress may be easier than you think.
The single best thing you can do to keep all of your
numbers in check is to make healthy dietary choices every
single day. As your weight decreases, even by as little as
five to 10 pounds, the other numbers will often decrease
and stabilize as well.
The good news is, you don’t have to check every measurement
every day. Here’s a general guideline, but speak with
your doctor about a schedule that’s right for your health:
- Blood Glucose: Before meals and at bedtime and,
occasionally, two hours after a meal.
- Weight: Once a week.
- Blood Pressure: When you see your doctor.
People with diabetes should be below 130/80.
- Hemoglobin A1C Test: About every three months;
less frequently if levels are normal.
- Cholesterol: Twice a year if controlled; more frequently
Also, keep an eye on your feet. Watch for wounds that
don’t heal, or sores, blisters or cuts on your toes, feet
|Could you have diabetes and
not know it?
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||According to the American Diabetes Association,
nearly 21 million children and adults in the
United States have diabetes – and almost a third
don’t even know it. Unlike some other diseases,
Type 2 diabetes develops gradually and with few
indications until it’s too late. To find out if you
have diabetes, or to measure your risk for pre-diabetes,
speak with your physician about taking a
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For a referral to an expert physician affiliated
with Bridgeport Hospital, call us toll free,
24/7, at 1-888-357-2396.
|EDUCATION AND SUPPORT ARE AVAILABLE!
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||Living with diabetes means making serious lifestyle changes, and that’s not easy. The certified diabetes
educators in Bridgeport Hospital’s Diabetes Education Center can help you. Our nurse and
registered dietitian can create a meal plan, teach you how and when to take your medications and
provide emotional support. You can choose from individual or group sessions. To learn more about
the Center or to schedule an appointment, call 203-336-7305 and press extension 1.
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