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Managing blood glucose levels

It is important to keep your blood glucose levels as close to normal range as possible.

Blood glucose levels

One of the reasons to do this is to help you feel your best and give you more energy. Aiming for ‘normal’ blood glucose levels will also help prevent or delay the development of the long-term health complications associated with type 1 diabetes.

To keep your blood glucose levels as close to the normal range as possible you need to do the job of your pancreas. This means injecting or pumping insulin several times a day and regularly monitoring your blood glucose levels.

The good news about blood glucose

Research shows that people who check their blood glucose levels regularly and adjust their insulin, diet, and exercise to achieve better readings reduce their risk of developing damage to those organs vulnerable to complications.

Constant high blood glucose is bad for your body. Cells in your brain, nerves, eyes, kidneys and blood vessels readily absorb glucose when insulin isn’t present — these organs in particular are vulnerable to complications.