Helping your child develop a healthy attitude toward having
diabetes. As your child grows and develops, let him or her assume appropriate
responsibility for treatment.
Encouraging and supporting your child to keep blood sugar levels
target range. Starting tight control of
blood sugar levels as soon as possible after diagnosis of diabetes gives your
child the greatest chance of avoiding complications from diabetes later on in
Checking your child's blood sugar level several times a day and
whenever you think it may be high or low.
Recognizing and treating high and low blood sugar quickly. Make
sure everyone who cares for your child knows how to treat high and low blood
Discussing the dangers of smoking, drinking alcohol, and using
other drugs. Smoking affects the blood vessels and can lead to diabetes complications earlier in life.3 Alcohol and
other drugs can mask symptoms of low blood sugar, which may lead to an
Keeping your child's
immunizations up to date. Diabetes affects the
immune system, increasing the risk of developing a
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If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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