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There were so many new faces at the January 5, 2012 Harrison Community Hospitals Diabetes workshop!  Carol Teter lead the meeting discussing the use and the most common issues in using your meter.

Carol showed how meters have come a VERY long way in the last 20 years by displaying some older models that required so much more blood and work to run.  Now, meters only use a very small amount of blood and are much more accurate.  The single most cause of meter error is user error.  This being done with out of date strips, not enough blood, not coding the meter for the strips, etc.

The reason you are supposed to check you blood sugar levels is to make sure your numbers don’t go too high or too low.  How often, what you eat, when you eat, physical activity, weight gain or loss and illnesses will affect your numbers, but doing it on a regular basis and averaging your numbers will be the most accurate way of monitoring your blood sugar levels.  Home monitors are not 100% accurate because they can have up to a 15% discrepancy.  Doctors know this, that is why they look at your average numbers and have your A1C checked on a regular basis.  Many of the new meters advertise that you can even test on your arm.  Yes, this can be done, but be sure to talk to your doctor before trying this.  The accuracy of testing on your arm is A LOT different than testing with your fingers. 

Many people wonder how often they should test themselves.  There is no one answer.  There are so many factors your doctor will take into consideration: over all health, average numbers, A1C results.  Even your insurance and budget will be taken into consideration.  If you wonder if you are testing too much or not enough, ask your doctor. 

When it comes to your meter, be sure to read your manual completely.  If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.  They will be able to give you the right information and answers for you and your meter personally.

Everyone that attends the Workshop has one common factor, they all live with the disease Diabetes.  During the discussion one of those attending mentioned she was having problems using her meter so after the discussion was over another person who uses the same meter sat down with her and helped her figure out how to use it.  Having a support system makes dealing with this disease easier.  Okay, maybe not easier, but much more manageable.

The next Harrison Community Hospital’s Diabetes Workshop will be held February 2, 2012 in the Hospital Cafeteria at 6:30pm.  Trina Kropka, the Hospital’s Registered Dietitian, will be providing information on snacks that are delicious, satisfying and healthy.  Samples and recipes will be provided.  This workshop, as all workshops are, is open to the public and everyone is welcome.  For more information, contact Harrison Community Hospital at (740) 942-4631.

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Larry Bertolino

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Larry Bertolino is a 31 year old, U.S Navy Veteran and currently sitting on the board of Directors for the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce, as well as Harrison County Rural Transit.
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