Managing Diabetes is a lot like managing other chronic conditions. It requires consistent self-care, which can be challenging. However, there are some things you can do to make your life (and the lives of those around you) easier. In this article, they’ll cover the five supplies for diabetes management they think everyone with Diabetes needs to manage their condition effectively:
Blood sugar monitor
Blood glucose monitors are small, portable devices that are used to check blood sugar levels. They can be used to test blood sugar levels in the comfort of your own home. They can help you manage your Diabetes.
Blood glucose monitors measure the amount of glucose in your body and tell you what your current level is so that you’ll know if it’s too high or too low for a person with Diabetes.
Diabetes testing strips
Blood sugar testing strips are used to test your blood sugar levels. They are small, thin pieces of plastic with a pin-prick site on one end and a chemical reaction strip on the other. When you prick your finger with the strip, a drop of blood will form at the pricking site. This allows for an accurate reading of your blood glucose level.
Blood sugar testing strips can be used for up to 2 years after opening (with no refrigeration necessary), so long as they are stored properly and kept away from extreme temperatures (high heat or cold). However, suppose you notice discoloration on your testing strips. In that case, even if it doesn’t affect readability—it’s best to toss them out just in case there’s something wrong with it that could affect accuracy as well as hygiene.
Insulin or other diabetes medications
Insulin is a hormone that helps your body use glucose. It’s most often used to treat type 1 diabetes, which can occur when your body’s immune system attacks the pancreas and stops it from producing enough insulin.
If you have type 1 diabetes, you’ll need to inject insulin every day or use an insulin pump (an infusion device that delivers continuous amounts of insulin) to keep your blood sugar under control. But some people with type 2 diabetes also need medications that increase their body’s sensitivity to insulin, like metformin and pioglitazone.
Tandem Diabetes experts say, “Control-IQ hybrid advanced closed-loop technology adjusts insulin delivery.”
The first thing you’ll need is a lancet. Lancets are small needles to prick your finger and draw blood for testing. You will need a device that holds the lancet and releases it, so it pierces your skin at the appropriate time.
Several kinds of devices can do this job:
- Insulin pens, which have built-in blood glucose meters.
- Small boxes with spring-loaded arms.
- Even full-sized, automated machines with buttons and screens.
The choice depends on your preference, but all require calibration before use, so they’ll take an accurate sample when needed during mealtime testing.
Diabetes log book or app
To keep track of your blood sugar levels, medications, food and exercise, doctor appointments, blood pressure and weight is a lot to remember. The good news is that you can do it with others. A diabetes log book or app will help you keep track of everything you need to know about your disease. You just need one place where all this information can be stored so it’s easy for you to find when needed.