Mismanaged diet and medications can cause increased glucose levels, but an underlying condition can also.

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Normal ranges for blood sugar.

80mg/dl to 130mg/dL -waking up in the morning and before every meal.

Less than 180mg/dL -two hours from the start of a meal.

Equal to or less than 100mg/dL -at bedtime.

Initially, it may seem like a tremendous task to use a logbook or a mobile app to keep track of daily glucose readings, meals times, carbohydrate grams, and medications. Tracking health records will become a routine over time and beneficial for long-term personal health to review and track your health progress. Keep in mind honesty is the best policy for personal evaluation and learning! Providing this information will make every medical evaluation much more productive.

  • Lifestyle changes ranging from moving to a new home or a death of a family member or close friend can cause havoc on the body and mind.
  • Unfortunately, our professional and personal lives are not perfect. Everything falling into place does not always happen as fast as one wishes.
  • Any level of illness can cause a slow-down period, not able to perform usual duties, drowsy from over-the-counter medication possibly interfering with prescribed drugs.
  • Financial worries cause a person to take on more responsibility at work, therefore, less personal time.
  • Challenging menstrual cycles can cause terrible mood swings, discomfort, and exhaustion.
  • Medications not taken as prescribed or are interacting with other drugs.
  • A sleepless night here and there happens to many of us. Frequent lack of sleep can add tension to physical and mental status.
  • Not able to coordinate oral medications, insulin, and food intake to a new exercise schedule.

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Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist with a culinary arts degree. Food and nutrition freelance writer "back to the basics!”