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Recently while we were meeting with a Certified Diabetes Educator, we asked her how we could help her practice. She’s super talented and cares about her patients so she told us about a lot of ways that she would like to help her patients. The bottom line was that many patients don’t understand why they should test their blood sugar. This article is for her patients and anyone who wants to understand the why. Hopefully it gives you more motivation to test your blood sugar and discuss the results with your healthcare professional(s).

Part of the reason why people don’t understand why they need to test their blood sugar is that diabetes’ negative health outcomes can take years to manifest themselves. That’s why some have called diabetes a “silent killer”. Unlike a broken bone, there is no immediate pain from diabetes. The average person with diabetes takes ten years to get diagnosed. In spite of diabetes being one of the leading causes of 7 of the top 10 causes of mortality, the disease itself doesn’t cause immediate pain. Sometimes only when diabetes goes uncontrolled for years do the effects become painful or dramatic enough to prompt a doctor’s visit that results in a diagnosis.

One endocrinologist told me that for about the first 10-20 years he sometimes doesn’t see much difference between people with controlled versus uncontrolled diabetes. But after 20 years or so the wheels completely fall off and the consequences of not controlling diabetes become glaringly apparent. If you care about your long term quality of life, please please please take action now to learn how to manage your diabetes.

Remember that diabetes is actually not just one disease. There are over 20 different metabolic conditions that are termed “diabetes”. Management techniques that work for one person may not work for another. That’s where daily, regular blood sugar testing can provide your medical professionals with invaluable information to help them help you learn to manage your diabetes.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that you can simply get your A1C tested regularly and that that is enough. A1C is essentially a long term average blood sugar. To manage your blood sugar effectively you really need to know what’s causing the highs and lows you experience during the day. One person with Type 1 diabetes recently described to me the surprisingly different impact different types of alcohol had on his blood sugar. He was happy to discover that it was much easier to manage certain types of alcohol consumption and that he didn’t have to give up his nightlife.

We really enjoy hearing stories of how we help people manage their blood sugar. By providing hospital quality supplies at wholesale prices we’ve helped more people test as much as they need to and saved them lots of money. We’ve also spent a lot of time and money finding the highest quality supplies so you don’t have to sacrifice quality when you save money. Please comment on our Facebook page or send us an email at customerservice@diathrive.com and tell us how Diathrive has helped you.