Pharmeasy brings to you an expert Dr. Roshani Gadge, MD (Medicine) and a well-known practicing Diabetologist from a Mumbai suburb to know everything about Effective Diabetes Management.
Importance of Effective Diabetes Management
Many patients fail to understand why taking their diabetes medicines on a regular basis are of utmost importance. Even on the days of testing the sugar levels, it is critical to consume the prescribed diabetes medication as this will give you an insight into whether the medication is working effectively or not! Dr. Gadge also suggests that every day as well as on test days, we should follow a regular meal pattern, define our meal times, and stick to it! This is an effective diabetes management trick!
How often should I test my blood sugar?
For effective diabetes management, ideally, blood sugar should be checked every 15 days, but this varies from patient to patient. Early diabetics (Diabetes of 2-3 years or patients who are less than ten years of age) should check their sugars every three months.
Similarly, long-standing diabetes patients who experience extreme fluctuations in their sugar levels should check their diabetes every 7-14 days or whenever they feel something abnormal.
Do I need to take my medications even on the days I feel fine?
Diabetes is a chronic disease, so medications have to be consumed on a regular basis. If the medicines are not taken regularly, the sugar levels will fluctuate and the HbA1c (avg sugar in 3 months) will not come under control
Does having diabetes mean that I am at a higher risk for other medical problems?
With excessive blood sugar levels in our body, bacteria and other infections can easily attack us. Thus, we become more prone to respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, skin diseases, etc. Diabetes also affects immunity hence makes you prone to other diseases.