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Can measuring blood sugar prevent diabetes?

  Measuring blood sugar is only one of many things that can be done to prevent diabetes.  All it does is tell you the effects of what you're eating.  What can really prevent diabetes is a lifestyle change. 

The basic factors to preventing diabetes are:  cut out the bad sugars and refined foods; reduce fat intake; eat more fresh fruits and vegetables; avoid white flour bread, white rice, and pastas; NO soda pop and sugary juice drinks; drink more water (standard rule is 1 qt./50 lbs. of body weight); and EXERCISE.

If you change your diet, get up off the couch and out of that easy chair and be more active, you'll be surprised how your blood sugar naturally responds.  Many people have brought their diabetes under control and even totally eliminated it by a lifestyle change! 

lynn30k eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Measuring blood sugar does nothing to prevent diabetes. It only tells you your current level; if the level tells you there is a problem, you can do some of the things in post #2 to help alleviate your symptoms. It is important to note that we are taling about type II diabetes, here. It is strongly affected by good and bad lifestyle choices. One of the main things the changes mentioned in post 2 do is to keep body weight normal. This is a huge problem in the US right now--an incredible number of Americans are overweight and obese!

Type I diabetes is more severe. The pancreas has stopped producing enough or any insulin, and the person must inject him/herself with insulin in order to survive.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The most common type of diabetes is type 2 diabetes. Prevention is imperative if you are at an increased risk in terms of being overweight or you have a family history of the disease. Steps to prevention are becoming more physically fit in terms of lifestyle choices including exercise. Eat more fiber and whole grains. Lose weight not through going on fad diets, but through a healthy lifestyle change of eating healthy foods and incorporating the above mentioned changes.

coachingcorner eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The glucose meter is ok to use for a short while - say a couple of months during pregnancy-caused diabetes which is temporary, but punching the tip of each finger a few times a day gets quite annoying as the fingertips get quite sore. The meter is very small, compact and handy though and gives a fast easy-to-read count.

lrwilliams eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Measuring blood sugar in itself does not prevent diabetes. It does however allow you to monitor your levels and determine what needs to be done to control your blood glucose levels. The posts above give good information on what to do to help control those levels.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
Measuring blood sugar can prevent symptoms of Diabetes if you already have it. It won't prevent the disease, but it can make it more manageable because you can react to changes in blood sugar before your body does if you measure the blood sugar regularly.
versatilekamini | Student

Keeping your blood sugar at the right level is a very important part of managing your diabetes. It is the best way to help you stay healthy and reduce the risk of long-term complications of diabetes. There are two blood tests that help you manage your diabetes. One of these is called self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) when you check your blood sugar several times each day with a glucose meter. The other test is called an A1c which measures your blood sugar control over the past two to three months.

giorgiana1976 | Student

Doctors say that glucose measurement controls the diabetes,better said, fluctuations in blood glucose levels .In addition, fluctuations,if occure, are a first sign that you have to go to the doctor to prevent diabetes.

Successful treatment of diabetes depends largely on early diagnosis of this disease, but also of the continuous education of patients, being based on three crucial elements, namely information, motivating patients and their involvement in the purposes of daily tracking of glucose levels through easy to use and accurate glucometers.

The normal blood glucose levels, measured before the meal, are between 72 and 120, and two hours after each meal, they should vary between 117 and 158

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