Have you ever seen one of those big Thanksgiving Day parade balloons? Whether it's
Spongebob Squarepants or Bullwinkle, a small army of people on the ground need to
hold those ropes tightly. If they don't, the balloon might just sail off into the
Diabetes can be a little like that. You have to work to keep it under control.
Luckily, you have helpers. You, your parents, and your diabetes
health care team can work together so your blood
sugar levels stay as close to normal as possible.
Sometimes this can seem like a lot of work, but it will pay off. How?
You'll feel better.
You'll grow up just the way you should.
You'll be less likely to have health problems from your diabetes when you get
Over time, having too much sugar in the bloodstream can damage important body organs,
like the heart and kidneys. This can cause serious health problems.
Also, having low blood sugar levels can make you feel bad and make it harder for
you to do all the things you want to do.
The good news is that keeping blood sugar levels under control can help keep you
healthy and prevent health problems down the road. That's why everyone might seem
concerned about keeping your diabetes under control. They want you to feel good, be
healthy, and stay healthy.
What Can Make Blood Sugar Levels Be Out of Control?
Managing diabetes is like a three-way balancing act between the medicines
you take (insulin or
pills), the food that you eat, and the amount of exercise you do. All of these need
to be balanced. A problem with any one can send blood sugar levels up too high or
down too low.
In general, out-of-control blood glucose levels can be caused by:
Check your blood sugar levels regularly and take good notes when your glucose levels
are too high or too low. This will help your diabetes team make changes to your diabetes
management plan, if needed. You and your mom or dad can work together to collect this
info and pass it along to your doctor.
How Do I Know if My Diabetes Is Under Control?
Your doctor or diabetes health care team will tell you what your blood sugar levels
should be. They may call this a target range.
The only way to know if your blood sugar level is close to your target range is
to check your blood sugar level several times a day with a glucose
meter. Your diabetes health care team will help you figure out when and how often
to check. Depending on how old you are — and how long you've been dealing with
diabetes — you might need help doing this.
Checking your blood sugar level tells you how much glucose is in your blood right
this minute. But doctors can use another test to see how under control your blood
sugar has been over the last 2 or 3 months. The HbA1C
test can be done in your doctor's office or in a lab. In general, the lower your
HbA1C level, the better you're doing controlling your blood sugar level.
How Can I Keep My Blood Sugar Levels Under Control?
Keeping blood sugars close to normal can be hard sometimes, and nobody's blood
sugar control is perfect. Sometimes blood sugar levels can get too high or low even
when you do all the right things to help keep them steady.
But you can do some things to help keep your blood sugar levels in a healthy range:
Take your insulin or pills when you're supposed to.
Follow your meal plan as much as possible.
Get regular exercise.
Check your blood sugar level several times a day.
Visit your doctor regularly.
Learn as much as possible about diabetes.
Take these steps and you'll be doing your very best to keep your diabetes under
control. It's kind of like you're marching with one of those huge parade balloons
— and holding on tight!