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With type 1 diabetes, how do I tightly control glucose levels?

If you have type 1 diabetes, you’ll be using insulin and other injectable medication to intensively manage your diabetes. You’ll probably be taking more and different types of insulin in intensive diabetes management. Keep in mind that you’ll also need to monitor your blood glucose much more frequently with intensive diabetes management

• You’ll probably want to check your blood glucose often, at least as often as you inject insulin or other injectables and sometimes more.

• You could be monitoring seven times a day depending on how often you eat: before your three meals, after each meal, and before bedtime.

• You may even check at 3 a.m. once or twice a week. For instance, you will not want your blood glucose level to become too low during the night. So if you’ve experienced several severe hypoglycemic episodes, you may want to aim for a higher overnight blood glucose level.

• Every bit of checking gives you more knowledge of how your body reacts to food, exercise, insulin, stress, and illness. Once you’ve settled into a comfortable routine, you may be able to do fewer checks. Remember that monitoring gives you the information you need to make wise decisions in managing your diabetes.

• You may want to wear a continuous glucose monitor that records your glucose level throughout the day and night.

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