How often should I monitor my blood glucose levels?
There is no set number of times that you should monitor your glucose levels as everyone’s diabetes management is unique. Your healthcare professional will recommend how often to monitor your levels and it may change depending on how your condition is managed.
Can stress interfere with your blood sugar levels?
Yes, stress can result in rather erratic blood glucose results. If your levels rise and you’re feeling unwell then your treatment may need to be altered, however if you’re not feeling unwell but simply stressed, then leave things as they are and your glucose levels should settle.
Can you take your insulin and testing equipment abroad?
If you suffer from diabetes and need to regularly inject insulin, then yes you need your insulin with you at all times. You should carry your insulin and testing equipment with you in your hand luggage if you’re travelling abroad and inform security that you have it with you. To be on the safe side, take a letter from your GP.
Where is the best place to get a drop of blood from for testing?
You are recommended to get a blood drop from the side of your finger. After you’ve washed your hands, massage your finger to stimulate blood flow and avoid using your index finger or thumb. Prick the side of the finger and squeeze gently to encourage a small drop of blood.
Can taking insulin cause me to put weight on?
Unfortunately, insulin is a hormone that can cause weight gain, but there are obviously other factors like food and exercise. It is suggested that when some people first starts taking insulin, they could gain up to ½ stone of weight and after this, weight should plateau. Food diaries are a great way to keep on top of the food you eat compared to physical activity as it is possible that you’re not doing as much exercise as you should. The best thing to do is discuss it with your healthcare professional.
I often experience blurred vision at certain points in the day, is it something to do with my glucose levels?
Yes, blurred vision can often be caused by fluctuations in blood sugar levels. The best thing to do is start taking blood glucose tests when blurred vision next comes on. You may find your levels are particularly low or high and you can discuss any recurring patterns with your healthcare professional.
I don’t feel unwell whenever my blood sugar level is high, is this normal?
High blood glucose levels and not feeling unwell is defined as hyper. Your body may be used to high blood glucose levels if it is a regular thing, which is why you’re not feeling unwell.