It’s Only A Number: Shattering Diabetes’ Biggest Myth

For many type 1s and type 2s navigating their lives with diabetes, it’s commonplace and unfortunate to wade through misperceptions and misinformation and do their part to dispel common myths about diabetes.

One of the biggest myths, not typically on the lists? “Blood glucose numbers are the only things that matter.”

Reality: It is extremely important to check your blood sugars often throughout the day, but just tracking just your glucose levels numbers is like getting the answers to a quiz without knowing the questions.

While it’s true that blood glucose patterns are extremely relevant, and it’s critical to watch out for glucose readings that are too low (hypoglycemia) and too high (hyperglycemia), the reality is that blood glucose levels are the result of three main factors spread throughout each day: food, activity, and medication.

And without understanding these three variables in context, your blood glucose readings and your diabetes plan are not that actionable.  It would be like driving your car forward while looking only in the rearview mirror. What’s up ahead? Am I re-acitve or pro-active?

Living in Multiple Moments in Diabetes

Understanding how these interconnected moments in life – across food, activity and medication – each impact blood glucose are the keys to looking ahead and understanding what is going to happen.

If your BG levels are high 75% of the time during a time of day (after lunch), that’s interesting information but not necessarily actionable. Why? Too little insulin? Too many carbs? No morning jog? Without the context of the three input variables, the output variable (glucose) seems out of context.

Focusing on interrelated moments creates a shift to a more mindful approach and a broader consideration on how glucose, food, activity, and insulin work together. This enables someone to make better pro-active choices and stay in range more frequently.

You might get it right, but most don’t.

Learning Together

Over the past few months, we’ve had great feedback from the One Drop community on the day-to-day rhythms of navigating a day in the life with diabetes, including how we often interact with food, insulin, activity and glucose readings in large data-sets.

With the latest One Drop iOS app, you can log and track food, activity, medication, and blood glucose at once and “Save All” to your iPhone or iPad.

Tracking your moments all in one place is not only faster, but also helps you stay aware and in touch with all the things that matter.

A lot of this is common sense, but life is lived in multiple moments and now there is a platform to shatter the myths and make sense of it all.

 

Download the One Drop mobile app for managing diabetes .

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Doug Kern
Doug Kern

Doug Kern runs One Drop's ecommerce and growth marketing.