As a type 2 diabetic, it is critical that you gain the best control of your blood sugar levels as you possibly can.
While taking medication may be necessary, it shouldn't be the only thing you rely on. You also need to focus on dietary and lifestyle changes to maintain the best level of health and avoid serious complications.
To understand the level of control you have or what is influencing your numbers, you need a food and blood glucose tracker — and we've got a printable sheet you can use as your diary log — click here to download your printable copy.
Tracking helps you understand your body better and also acts as an accountability tool. After all, numbers don't lie!
If your numbers are constantly running high, you can look at diet, exercise, stress, sleep and other lifestyle factors. Or consult your physician about adjusting your medications.
Tracking your Blood Glucose
Our printable blood glucose tracker allows you to enter your daily numbers alongside your food intake, so you can really zone in on how you're traveling and what might need to be changed.
Use the tracker to enter your numbers for morning and bedtime glucose, along with the times and readings before and after breakfast, lunch and dinner.
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Tracking your Food
While tracking your blood glucose is important, tracking your food is equally important. Why?
Because the foods you eat, particularly carbohydrates, have a direct influence over your daily numbers.
When you eat foods, it's the body's normal biological response to react to those foods. But carbohydrates in particular have the greatest impact.
Our printable tracker allows you to log breakfast, lunch, dinner and 3 snacks and beside each meal you can enter your carbs per meal so you can closely monitor your intake and make any necessary adjustments.
Steps for Using the Food and Blood Glucose Tracker
Step 1: Write down everything you eat on the food and blood glucose tracker every day.
Step 2: Test your blood sugar level upon waking and enter it into the “Morning Glucose” input.
Step 3: Take the time and enter your daily numbers for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Tip: Your 2 hour post-meal reading should be taken after the first bite of food you take at each meal.
Step 4: Before going to bed, note down your “Bedtime Glucose” on your tracker.
What you will begin to notice is certain foods may be making your blood glucose levels higher. So this practice is really all about bringing more awareness into your eating routine so you can discover how you react and control your blood sugar level better. This is important because some people are more carbohydrate sensitive than others.
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