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How can you watch your numbers if you have diabetes?

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Learn how to check your blood sugar. Talk to your doctor about what your ideal readings should be so you’ll know when they’re too high or too low. Your doctor should also give you an A1c blood test at least twice a year. This test tells your doctor your average blood sugar level over the last three months. Diabetes puts you at higher risk of heart attack and stroke, so other numbers to keep tabs on are your:

It’s just as important to prevent low blood sugar as it is to keep it from going too high. Bouts of low blood sugar can double your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia. When your thinking is off, you won’t be able to handle your diabetes well.

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol levels

SOURCES:

Chau, D. , 2001. Clinical Diabetes

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes 101.”

American Diabetes Association: “Living Healthy With Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diabetes: What You Need to Know As You Age.”

American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation: “Diabetes.”

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: “Low Blood Sugar May Trigger Dementia in Those With Diabetes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Tips for Older Adults With Diabetes.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Five Best Exercises for People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

SOURCES:

Chau, D. , 2001. Clinical Diabetes

American Diabetes Association: “Diabetes 101.”

American Diabetes Association: “Living Healthy With Diabetes.”

American Diabetes Association: “Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Diabetes: What You Need to Know As You Age.”

American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation: “Diabetes.”

The Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation: “Low Blood Sugar May Trigger Dementia in Those With Diabetes.”

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Tips for Older Adults With Diabetes.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Five Best Exercises for People With Diabetes.”

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 18, 2018

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