Taking control of your diabetes with medications

iStock-1181632124 For many people with diabetes, medications are an essential part of controlling the disease. Taking medications at the right time, dose, and frequency that your doctor has prescribed is key to managing daily blood sugar levels. Try a few of the tips below to stay on track with taking your medications:

Know your medications. Understanding how your medications work can help you to understand the importance of taking them at the right time. Know the names, doses, and instructions for the medications you're taking.

It’s all about timing. Find the best times to take your medications. Ask your diabetes care team about the best time of day, spacing between doses, pairing medication times with your daily schedule, and grouping medications that may be taken together.

Create a routine. Use what you know about the timing of your medications to create a daily medication routine to help you stay on track. A pill box with AM and PM can help you stay organized during each day.

Link your medications with an activity. Keep your medication containers at your favorite breakfast spot or keep your pill box next to your toothbrush.

Use reminders. Schedule a reminder on your phone. Use an app like Glucose Buddy to create daily alerts and track each medication. Place a sticky note on the refrigerator or pantry door.

Check your success. See if your medication plan is working by maintaining a blood sugar log and tracking patterns in your blood sugar values and noting your A1C. Compare your new A1C to the previous one. Seeing blood sugar values and A1C improve will help to motivate you to keep up with your day-to-day treatment plan.

For more diabetes tips and resources, search "Spectrum Health Lakeland Diabetes Support" on Facebook or call 269.556.2868.

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