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Diabetes-Related High and Low Blood Sugar Levels - Preparing For Your Appointment

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

Questions to prepare for doctor appointment

You can help your doctor treat your condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What steps did you take to correct your high or low blood sugar level? Did they help?
  • Have you had signs of another illness?
  • Have you made any recent changes in your diet, exercise, or medicines?
  • What other prescription and nonprescription medicines do you take?
  • Have you recently had increased emotional or physical stress?
  • Have you noticed situations that trigger or may cause your high or low blood sugar problem?
  • Have you noticed any patterns, such as time of day, when your high or low blood sugar problem occurs?
  • Have you used a high blood sugar card(What is a PDF document?)? If so, be sure to bring it when you see your doctor.
  • Do you have other health risks?

Be sure to take your daily blood sugar (glucose) monitoring logbook to your appointment. If you have specific records of your high(What is a PDF document?) and low(What is a PDF document?) blood sugar problems, be sure to take those records.

Parents will also need to keep records of their child's high or low(What is a PDF document?) blood sugar problems to share with their child's doctor.

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    Last Updated: September 18, 2013
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    If the level is below 70 or 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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