Strategies for Reducing Highs & Lows... and the Worry
Managing BG Staying In Target... Together.
There are so many things that impact your child’s blood glucose reading at any given moment in time. Effective glycemic management (that is, reducing highs and lows, and maximizing the time your child spends in the target blood glucose range) requires attention to these factors… it requires work. But the good news is, the more time and effort we put in at the front end, making proactive changes in how you or your child manage his diabetes, then the less effort we need to put in on the tail end, reacting to blood sugar extremes and the associated symptoms.
Highs and lows it’s how life goes / When little moments shine
Hold them close, they should never be sold / They only get better with time.
– Highs and Lows, Mindy Smith
Articles on Blood Glucose + How to Manage It
This section on Managing Blood Glucose presents a wide range of both proactive and reactive approaches to managing blood sugar, for those on injections as well as for those on an insulin pump. We take a close look at the how and why: to check blood glucose (using meters, CGM & Flash); to balance the all the factors that affect BG; to deal with both high and low BG, and to adjust insulin doses with any insulin type and program. Click on one of the titles below to read that article.
Articles are categorized in terms of Readiness Levels:
High and Low Blood Sugar:
Factors that Affect Blood Glucose
Checking Blood Glucose & Ketones
Blood Glucose Targets
Low Blood Glucose
Severe Lows & Glucagon
High Blood Glucose
Correcting High Blood Glucose
Ketones & DKA
Adjusting Insulin Doses,
Multiple Daily Injections (MDI):
MDI Pattern Adjustment
Continuous Glucose Monitoring:
What is CGM?
What is Flash Glucose Monitoring
Choose a CGM/Flash System
Comparison Chart (CGM/Flash)
Pros and Cons of CGM
Pros & Cons of Flash (Libre)
More on Medtronic CGM
More on Dexcom CGM
Protect Teeth (Low Treatment)
Beginning articles act as an introduction to the basics of managing type 1 diabetes, written for families with a child who has been recently diagnosed (within the last 6 months or so), and for those who feel there may be gaps in what they remember from the early days. Beginning content represents the basic building blocks for what follows in Intermediate and Advanced levels.
Intermediate articles add another layer of information, expanding upon basic skills. They are designed for families who experienced a type 1 diabetes diagnosis several months (or years) ago, have the Beginning concepts mastered, and who are feeling that they want to do more than just “get by”. Intermediate topics will provide you with the skills to better manage blood glucose.
Advanced articles are designed for those type A’s in the crowd (you know who you are!) who feel that, after all the regular information out there, there must still be more to learn. You can live well with the diabetes dragon without exploring these Advanced topics, but if you are in the pursuit of excellence, and want to further refine and tweak things, the topics in this level are for you.
Another song that reminds me of managing blood sugar…
“I’ll be out here on the sea
Just my confidence and me
And I’ll be awful sometimes
Weakened to my knees
But I’ll learn to get by
On the little victories”
– Little Victories by Matt Nathanson
I sincerely hope the information on these pages brings you little victories, which, in turn, lets you focus less on the dragon, more on life!