Have you ever tried to drive your car at night with no lights? Hopefully the answer is “No.” Why? I am sure you are thinking, the reason is obvious — I couldn’t see where I was going and I might crash.
The same thing happens if you have diabetes and you don’t test your blood sugar. You have no idea of your blood sugar level, and this lack of knowledge can cause you serious problems. If your blood sugar is consistently too high, it can cause you to feel tired and rundown, increase your risk of getting sick and cause more frequent urination. If your blood sugar is dropping, you can become hungry, shaky, confused and even pass out.
Part of having diabetes is understanding how your body responds to food, activity, medications, illness and stress. The only way to know these things is to check your blood sugar regularly. If you see high readings 2 hours after meals, this usually means that you need to cut back on starch or sugar food portions. Sometimes a specific food may cause blood sugar spikes, so writing down what you ate when you see a high can help you identify the culprit. You can then make better decisions about what and how much to eat, and you can avoid eating certain foods that don’t agree with you.