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Are you avoiding these 10 common diabetes mistakes?

18 June 2019

Perhaps not all the time, and maybe not all at once, but it seems like just about everyone experiences these pitfalls now and then. How about you?

  1. Thinking of BG results as "good" or "bad." If we could all just reframe the conversation to think in terms of high, low and in-range, we could be a lot less tough on ourselves.
  2. Not changing your lancet every time you check (or even every week!) The tip of a new needle is sharp and precisely formed to ensure gentle lancing. Although it may be tempting to reuse a lancet, the tip can become dull or bent if used more than once. What's more, a new lancet is sterile and hygienic. Discover the Accu-Chek FastClix which has inbuilt Clixmotion® technology to provide gentle lancing and helps reduce the risk of skin and nerve-end damage.
  3. Reading too much. There's lifelong learning, and then there's scarring yourself for life. We prefer the first option, since diabetes treatment and knowledge continues to evolve. Just stick to trustworthy sites like www.diabetes.org.uk and the Accu-Chek blog.
  4. Letting your Healthcare Professional make decisions without your say. You've got to live with the effects, so enlist your healthcare team to help fight for your rights. Your Healthcare Professional, for example, may be able to prescribe a specific meter, pump or supplies. If you are struggling to talk to your Healthcare Professional, visit here for support.
  5. Overtreating a low. We know low blood sugar can equal big hunger! And sometimes you just want to stand in front of the open refrigerator and eat everything in sight. Some people find that having a predetermined hypo treatment worked out helps them avoid the lure of leftover desserts in these situations. Create a plan now, before you need it. If you want some tips on managing blood glucose / identifying hypos, click here.
  6. Trying to change too much at once. Nobody can do it—even with the most airtight New Year's resolutions. Pick one thing and move toward your goal in more doable increments. Challenge yourself, without setting yourself up to fail.
  7. Feeling like you've failed (Since we're on the subject). Setbacks go with the territory. Some days, you can look back and think of how you might have done things differently. But you didn't. Accept it, learn from it and don't let it ruin your day. After all, anything you do to take care of yourself is a win.
  8. Skipping foods you love. Want to really make yourself crave something? Label it "off limits." Reduce that chocolate cake’s power over you by planning for it. When you have it, enjoy it—in moderation and without guilt.
  9. Guessing your blood sugar number. It's a good game, but research shows that people are wrong nearly half the time1. Checking is learning, find out more about blood glucose monitoring.
  10. Forgetting to pat yourself on the back. Many of us are quick to blame ourselves when something goes wrong, but overlook the 1,000 things we do right throughout the day. Your doctor, your family and others may have helped, but ultimately, it was you. Take credit!

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  1. Frankum S, Ogden J. Estimation of blood glucose levels by people with diabetes: a cross-sectional study. Br J Gen Pract. 2005;55(521):944–948.

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