How much do you know

How to assess your diabetes knowledge

Categories: Lifestyle, Wellness

There are so many different things to learn about diabetes. One in particular is education, which plays a major role in diabetes control. Knowing how to manage diabetes with an educated mindset will greatly improve the body’s performance in reaction to diabetes. To test your knowledge of diabetes, ask yourself: Would you be able to confidently educate someone else on the following diabetes related topics?

1.

Diet   (carbohydrate counting, having a proper meal plan, select appropriate serving   sizes, etc.)

Yes

No

2.

Proper foot care (how often to check feet, what to look for, how to wash, proper   footwear, etc.)

Yes

No

3.

Proper insulin use (how to administer, how to mix insulin, where to   administer, etc)

Yes

No

4.

Signs and symptoms of low   blood sugar and what to do if this occurs

Yes

No

5.

Signs and symptoms of high   blood sugar and what to do if this occurs

Yes

No

6. Proper blood sugar testing (using a glucometer/ test strips, reading the   results, how often to test, etc.)

Yes

No

7.

Target goals for diabetes related tests (A1C, blood sugar levels [fasting and 1-2   hours after meal], blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.)

Yes

No

8.

Other precautions to reduce risks for diabetes related complications(eye exams, proper   medication use, flu shots, increasing physical activity, etc.)

Yes

No

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, you probably know the answer to some of these questions. However, if you did not answer yes to most of these questions, we highly recommend you educate yourself in each topic. This will help you manage your diabetes more effectively and steer it in the right direction.

Lastly, if you are not a diabetic, you might be wondering if “how do I know if I have diabetes”.  This can be simply determined by answering a few simple questions. Nevertheless, diabetic or not, it’s a good idea to improve your lifestyle to prevent diabetes.

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