The body is constantly aware of the blood sugar levels and relentlessly adapts, maintaining normal values. As a diabetic, your body has lost much (if not all) of this ability. You would need to take over and do what your body once did routinely. Your blood sugar levels fluctuate continuously throughout the day. Knowing your blood sugar profile is the key to understanding how you can assist your body in normalizing your blood sugar and keeping it in healthy ranges.
The blood sugar profile is a record of blood sugar levels with associated events; meals, exercise, sleep, time of day, medication, etc. It gives an insight on how your lifestyle, diet and medication come together in influencing your blood sugars. From this profile, an appropriate treatment plan - that will normalize your blood sugars - can be established.
The idea behind profiling is to understand how your body reacts to various circumstances during the day. The biggest influence on your blood sugar is the meals that you eat. Special attention is required around eating and drinking when compiling your profile.
Record what you eat and drink.
Measure your blood sugar before and many times after a meal.
Record your blood sugar levels as well as other factors such as moods and activities and keep it in a journal.
Establishing your first blood sugar profile:
One to two weeks prior to doctor's appointment, record everything diabetic related daily. Continue for a few weeks, while your treatment plan is being fine-tuned.
Re-doing your blood sugar profile:
Compile another profile whenever there is an adjustment to your diet, medication or lifestyle. Do it daily until satisfied that the change improved your blood sugar levels.
Execute a blood sugar profile for one day at least every second week. It would be wise to alternate the day of the week that the profile is done. So, between profiles wait a week and a day. If the profile was done on a Monday, then the next profile would be on a Tuesday. This will take into account different habits/activities over the weekend, for example.
If you have to inject insulin before each meal:
This is an indication that your body is probably unable to correct small deviations from your target blood sugar range automatically. It would therefore be necessary for you to do a profile every day, for the rest of your life, if you have any hope of managing your diabetes.
The only way to know what your around-the-clock levels are, is to monitor them yourself.
To have your blood sugar profile and regularly renew it, is the way to go in effectively managing your diabetes.
A journal will come in handy to look back on to see how far you've come or what went wrong. It is further an invaluable resource to assist you and your health care team to fine-tune your diabetes treatment strategy.
You can learn more about your blood sugar profile from Dr. Bernstein's diabetic solution.
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