How I Track My High and Low Blood Sugar Levels

By Dan Simmons
Updated 2024-04-03 09:42:59 | Published 2020-12-14 05:17:55
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Last week, I encountered some perplexing fluctuations in my blood sugar levels. I would begin the day with normal readings, but after breakfast and my usual exercise routine, my glucose levels would plummet significantly, ranging from 59 to 73. The symptoms were all too familiar: sweating, pale skin, weakness, and shakiness. What puzzled me was that my daily routine remained unchanged. I consumed my typical breakfasts, drank the same beverages, and exercised as I normally would. So, what was causing these unexpected lows?

As someone living with type 2 diabetes, I've grown accustomed to playing detective to uncover the reasons behind high or low blood sugar levels. Sometimes, the cause is straightforward, such as indulging in a forbidden food or consuming too much alcohol. However, there are instances when the cause remains elusive, which is one of the many challenges of living with type 2 diabetes.

While attempting to raise my low blood sugar with a glucose tablet, our newly adopted rescue dog, Augie, approached me for a kiss. Just a week earlier, my husband had retired, and we decided it was time to welcome a new dog into our lives after grieving the loss of our previous pet for six years. We found Augie, a nine-year-old dog with soulful eyes and a heartrending story, online.

Since Augie's arrival, our lives have undergone a significant transformation. Our living room has been rearranged to accommodate her, with a dog den and supplies occupying the space. Moreover, we've started going on walks every few hours or visiting the dog park. It was then that the cause of my blood sugar lows became evident – the increased activity from the dog walks was exerting enough energy to lower my blood sugar levels.

Now that I understood the cause, I took precautions before embarking on walks with Augie. I made sure to carry glucose tablets, a juice box of sweetened lemonade, and individually wrapped candies in my pocket to swiftly raise my blood sugar if needed. With everything in order, I fastened Augie's collar and gave her a kiss on her head. “Let's go,” I said, prepared to face the challenge of managing my blood sugar while enjoying our walks together.

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