Why knowing more can lead to better management
Ever since we were born, most of us were hard wired to pester the adults around us with one simple, repetitive question: WHY?
- Don't touch that. Why?
- Eat your vegetables. Why?
- Do your homework. Why?
We're born to wonder, explore and question. Have you ever noticed that the better you understand something—causes and effects, opportunities and limits—the easier it can be to take on challenges, make good decisions and change things to suit your needs? Often, a better understanding of “why” can help motivate us to follow guidelines and advice.
Living with diabetes is like this. The more you know about how blood sugar affects your body, and how diet, exercise and other factors specifically affect you, the easier it can be to adapt to changes in your day. This can be especially helpful if your job requires long work hours or frequent travel, if you're a parent with young children at home, or if you're a uni student with an always-changing schedule.
Although knowing “why” can be a powerful tool, it won’t always tell us what we need to do. The next question is to think about "What can I do? What do I need to do? The more I know, the more I can take charge of.”
Checking blood sugar frequently, especially when you're stressed or on a changing schedule, is a useful way to gauge what your diabetes is doing. Again, information is power. Checking your blood sugar can help you decide what action to take- whether it’s doing some exercise or having a snack.
What other kinds of knowledge can empower us?
Knowing where you've been can indicate where we're headed. Tracking blood sugar results and watching for patterns can help predict how travel, exercise, sick days and dining out will affect your blood sugar. Find out more about structured testing.
Knowing how to count carbs and keep a record of your reactions to certain types of foods or meals can make it easier to eat at virtually any restaurant or food stand in the world. Have you used our carb counting tool? Click here to discover.
Developing a partnership with your Healthcare Professional will also help keep you informed. Ask lots of questions! Then ask more! Why? Because they want you to! That's what doctor-patient consultations are all about. Put your newfound insights to work every day, building up a knowledge base of awareness and actions. These are the tools you can use on days when you're feeling stressed or out of control.
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