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Diabetes Still Isn't Easy
Diabetes Still Isn't Easy

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Making Time for Self-Care

Every day requires some sort of responsibility. Between going to school, working, volunteering, commuting, spending time with friends and family, and of course getting to bed at a decent hour, daily tasks sure do add up! On top of all that, managing diabetes on a day-to-day basis requires extra time and energy. Blood sugar testing, picking up medication from the pharmacy, taking that medication, meal planning and exercising all necessitate time management skills. So how is one expected to stay on top of everything when there’s so much to do? A good way to keep up on diabetes self-care is to incorporate it into your daily routine.

Are you having trouble remembering to test your blood sugar in the morning? Were you told to test your blood sugar at bedtime? If you were told to test at one or both of those times, tack it onto your morning and nightly routine:

  • Test before or after brushing your teeth.
  • Test before or after putting your contacts in or putting your glasses on. 
  • Test before or after getting out of the shower or washing your face.
  • Test after turning the coffee pot on or while you wait for your tea to brew. 

Here are some mealtime tips for blood sugar testing and medications:

  •  If you’re home, keep your insulin pen and/or your medication pill box at the kitchen table or somewhere else in the kitchen. If you keep the medications visible, you’ll be less likely to forget taking that dose. If you don’t have a pill box, pick one up from the pharmacy! They are a great way to keep your pills organized.
  • Before you leave the house for the day, make sure you have your glucometer and your medication in your bag, suitcase, backpack or purse. Before walking out the door think: keys, cell phone, wallet, and diabetes supplies. Having your meter and your medication is just as important as everything else. 
  • If you have a hard time remembering to test your blood sugar or to take your medications, set your cell phone alarm clock. 
  • If this is all new to you, before you go to bed put a sticky note on the front door reminding yourself to pack your supplies before heading out the door. 

Here’s one last tip. For certain medications, it doesn’t matter if they are taken in the morning or evening, it’s just important that they’re taken at the same time every day. If it’s not convenient to take your medication at nighttime, and you feel the morning would be a better option, speak to your health care provider to see if switching times would be an option for you.

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About the Author


Lynn is a nutritionist and diabetes educator at the Friedman Diabetes Institute.