"I was 13 and touring with my brothers, I noticed a dramatic change in my body and my mood. I’ve always been a very upbeat person, but suddenly, I was irritable all the time. I was constantly thirsty and always needing to use the bathroom. I also started losing weight rapidly—20 pounds in two weeks! Something was very wrong. I felt sluggish, drained, like a balloon losing air. I was struggling to get through my tour and finally decided to make an appointment to meet with my doctor. She ordered several tests, including my blood glucose. My level had spiraled out of control to over 800—I was immediately rushed to the hospital. It was absolutely terrifying. The doctors told me I had type 1 diabetes."
How to monitor blood sugar: A crucial part of managing diabetes is monitoring your diabetes on a regular basis. The doctor may recommend checking your blood sugar 4 to 8 times a day. Your normal blood glucose level before a meal is 80–130 mg/dl and less than 180 mg/dl two hours after the start of a meal. Your A1C test tells you and your diabetes care team how well your blood sugar has been controlled over the past 2 to 3 months. The results of this test are given as a percentage. Unlike some other diseases, diabetes requires active participation from the one who has it. Type 1 diabetes requires checking before and after meals, before and after working out, etc. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, your doctor will likely set an A1C goal of 7 percent or less. Reasons test your blood sugar include: 1. Judge how well you're reaching overall treatment goals 2. Understand how diet and exercise affect blood sugar levels 3. Understand how other factors, such as illness or stress, affect blood sugar levels 4. Monitor the effect of diabetes medications on blood sugar levels 5. Identify blood sugar levels that are high or low. How to check your diabetes include: 1. After washing your hands, insert a test strip into your meter. 2. Use your lancing device on the side of your fingertip to get a drop of blood. 3. Touch and hold the edge of the test strip to the drop of blood, and wait for the result. 4. Your blood glucose level will appear on the meter's display. Other tips for checking: 1. With some meters, you can also use your forearm, thigh or fleshy part of your hand. 2. There are spring-loaded lancing devices that make sticking yourself less painful. 3. If you use your fingertip, stick the side of your fingertip by your fingernail to avoid having sore spots on the frequently used part of your finger.
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