What should I do if there are changes in my blood sugar?
We are all creatures of habit and many patients time their medications with certain routines in their work life. Perhaps medications are taken when they have breakfast at the office or lunch with colleagues but that routine has been disrupted and they forget to take their medications. Non-compliance with the prescribed medications will definitely affect the blood sugar. Changes in meal patterns, snacking between meals or forgetting to take meals because one is too busy with work, will all impact the blood sugar. Symptoms of low blood sugar (cold sweats, hunger pangs, light-headedness, loss of concentration) should preferably be confirmed by a glucose test at home before taking corrective measures. Others may reduce the dosages of medications on their own because they assume their blood sugar is better because they are eating at home without first checking their blood sugar. Patients should consult with their doctors (remote, phone or email consult) if they are experiencing frequent episodes of high or low blood sugar rather than adjust medications on their own. The medications may need to be adjusted if indicated because of the changes in lifestyle but only in consultation with their doctors.
Good sugar control will mitigate against the risk faced by DM patients during the Covid-19 pandemic. It is important to monitor your blood sugar, watch your diet, engage in some physical exercise and be compliant with all your medications, including those that control blood pressure and high cholesterol.