Sunday, April 29, 2012

What will raise my blood glucose?

Have you ever heard someone say my blood glucose is high from the food that I ate? Food can increase your blood glucose if your intake of carbohydrates are not consistent. However, food is not the only reason your blood glucose can be higher or lower.

When you are sick your body releases glucose to help with healing. Being sick also stresses your body. Any kind of stress – physical or mental- can raise your blood glucose. You may notice a rise in your blood glucose if you are stressed with work, family, or even planning a party.

Activity has an effect on your blood glucose level. Being active and exercising improve how your body uses insulin. Exercise also burns excess body fat which helps to decrease and control weight (decreased body fat improves insulin sensitivity).

Forgetting to take your diabetes medication will increase your blood glucose. If you often forget to take your medication, consider placing your medication somewhere you can easily see. This may be in your cereal bowl if you take your medication with breakfast or your night stand if you take your medication before bed.

When you check your blood glucose, use this as an “Uh” moment. Was your blood sugar elevated due to one of the following: more carbohydrates than usual, decreased activity, increased stress, forgetting to take your medication, or being sick? Learn ways to help manage stress, increase your activity, keep your carbohydrates consistent, and learn what to do when you are sick. The Group Diabetes Classes at Wayne HealthCare will teach you this and more.

Group classes meet once a week for four weeks. During the classes you will learn the following: 1) facts associated with diabetes, 2) the relationship between diabetes and healthy eating, 3) the value of monitoring and using the blood glucose results, 4) the importance of exercise, 5) how diabetic medications work, and 6) ways to reduce risk of complications.

The cost of each class is $10 or $40 for the series of four classes. The next group classes will be held May 7, 14, 21, and 29, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm. Pre-registration for the classes is required.

If these dates do not work with your schedule, the classes will be held at alternating times throughout the day. Morning classes will be held from 9 am-11 am in June, October and December. Afternoon classes will be held from 1pm -3 pm in July, August, and November. Evening classes will be held from 6pm-8pm in September.

If you prefer to meet individually with the Certified Diabetes Educator, you can receive education regarding Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) and Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT).

For more information regarding the programs offered by Wayne HealthCare Diabetes Self Management Program please call 937-547-5750.

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