Monitoring Your Diabetes During COVID-19

With the pandemic raging on, it may not be possible to meet your doctor face-to-face or get lab tests done to monitor your blood sugar control. But there are ways to track your sugar levels and ensure you are ok, even at home. Here’s your 4-point checklist.

#1. Know Your Numbers

First things first. You should always know what numbers to look for in your blood sugar tests :

  • Before meals: 80-130 mg/Dl or 4.4-7.2 mmol/L
  • Two hours after meals: <180 mg/dL or <10.0 mmol/L

But keep in mind reading levels your doctor has suggested for you – this may vary based on your age or medical history. For instance, those aged 60+ with conditions like kidney or heart disease may have higher readings even normally. Healthier adults below 60 should aim at lower readings.

#2. Know How Often To Test

This depends on your doctor’s recommendation and the type of medication you are on, but typical frequencies include:

  • Long-acting insulin: Twice daily (before breakfast and dinner)
  • Multiple daily injections: Before all meals and again at bedtime
  • Drugs/pills: As recommended by your doctor

Type 1 diabetics may also need to test blood sugar before and after exercise or when unwell .

#3. Keep A Blood Sugar Meter Handy

Medical shops/chemists are part of the list of essential services available even during lockdown and you can get a blood glucose meter home delivered. Ask your doctor for recommendations.

The basic ones test your sugar levels via a blood sample taken by pricking your finger with a lancet (sharp needle). Just be sure to wash/clean your hands before testing.

#4. Consult A Doctor Online If You Have Any Concerns

It is best to avoid going to the hospital unless your sugar is out of control or you develop respiratory illness symptoms. But if anything is bothering you, get timely help by consulting a doctor remotely, via telephone or online. You can do this, plus get follow-on diagnostics, from the safety of your home.