What are some tips for sugar surfing if I have diabetes?

“Sugar surfing” is a method that blends your ability to be reactive and proactive to control changes in blood sugar levels in response to different situations.  It’s a little like ocean surfing: the longer you sugar surf, the better you get. Where you set your personal blood sugar target zone or zones is always you or your doctor’s choice. When starting out, higher and wider ranges are always a good idea. As your skills improve, you can start to lower the target and maybe make the range narrower as you gain experience.

A few words of caution: Don’t overdo it! It’s easy to make things too hard on yourself at first. Often, you just can’t keep blood sugars in range no matter what you do. We all have those days. Mistakes and missteps are chances to learn new things about your unique diabetes control.

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Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.

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