Monitoring

Hypertension

How often should blood pressure be tested?

If you have a normal blood pressure, your doctor may tell you to test annually. If you have hypertension, your doctor will want to monitor your blood pressure more frequently. Your doctor will tell you how often you need to have your blood pressure checked; daily, weekly, or monthly. It is important to listen to your doctor so your blood pressure can be monitored to ensure your health.

Diabetes

Routine follow-ups and screens are an important part of controlling diabetes.

If you have diabetes, it is important to monitor your blood sugar to ensure your treatment is working. If your doctor prescribes medications is it important to take them as instructed and have your blood sugar checked to ensure the medication is keeping your blood pressure in a safe range.

Testing at home

Your doctor may prescribe you a glucometer to test your blood sugar levels at home. If you test at home, it is important to keep a diary of your results to review with your doctor.

Foot check

When you have diabetes, you are at a greater risk for foot problems. If you have been diagnosed with diabetes it is import to check your feet daily for injuries. Check for red spots, swelling, cuts, and blisters. If you notice an injury keep it clean and dry. If the injury is not healing, visit the doctor.

Hypoglycemia- Low blood sugar levels

Hypoglycemia occurs when your blood glucose level is too low. This can make you feel light headed, shaky, sweaty, anxious, or confused. If this occurs check your blood sugar level as soon as possible. If your glucose level is less than 70 mg/dL eat or drink one of the following;

4 oz of fruit juice
4 oz of a soft drink
8 oz of milk
5 to 7 hard candies
1 tablespoon of sugar or honey

Check your blood sugar 15 minutes later, if your glucose is still below 70mg/dL repeat the above steps until your glucose level is above 70 mg/dL.