Testing your blood sugar
Be sure to test and write down your blood sugar readings daily, as directed by your diabetes care team. Now that you are taking premix insulin, you may need to check your blood sugar more often. The reason is, your dose may need to be adjusted based on these readings. For instance, checking your blood sugar when you first wake up (your FPG) and before and/or after you eat meals helps you and your health care provider see if any adjustments need to be made.
Day 2: Fitting Healthy Habits Into Your Day
Meals and your premix insulin go hand-in-hand. To help you remember to take your dose, set reminders on your cell phone. Or leave notes on your refrigerator, microwave, lunch bag, or desk. Before you know it, taking insulin will become part of your daily routine like it already is for others like you.
Remember to write down your blood sugar numbers as your health care provider instructed. You can download a free Blood Sugar Diary from Cornerstones4Care®, or sign up for the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach and use the interactive Blood Sugar Tracker.
Did you take your first dose yesterday? Keep track of the units you take. You and your diabetes care team can use your Blood Sugar Diary to track and adjust your dose as needed.
Day 3: Want Some Extra Support?
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Day 4: Are You Staying Active?
Activity is important to staying healthy. Start slowly. Then try adding small activities each day.
Go for a walk with a friend or do some light yard work. Try parking in a spot that’s farther than usual from where you are going. You don’t have to join a gym to stay active. Be sure to check with your diabetes care team before starting any new activities.
Day 5: Are Your Loved Ones A Part of Your Health Care Team?
Your friends and family can provide great support in helping you manage your diabetes. Involve them early on, whether it’s with your insulin treatment, a doctor’s appointment, cooking a healthy meal, or going for a walk.
Visit the Cornerstones4Care® Menu Planner for help in making tasty, diabetes-friendly recipes with your friends and family.
Day 6: How Is Your Premix Insulin Working Out for You?
Take a look at your Blood Sugar Diary. Any patterns you’d like to bring up with your health care provider? Are your activities and meal plan helping? At your next visit, you’ll learn your A1C, a number that shows your average blood sugar over 2 to 3 months.
Be patient about your results. Try not to be upset if you don’t reach your blood sugar goals on the first day. The important thing is to stick with your treatment and follow your health care plan.
Day 7: Congratulations! Welcome to the End of Your First Week!
Take a moment to check off your progress. Make it a goal to have everything done by the end of next week. Try not to feel stressed. Small steps are a big deal. If you didn’t do it all, keep taking it one step at a time. And know that we’re here to help. Visit our FAQs section if you have any questions about NovoLog® Mix 70/30. If you can’t find the answers there, or you have other questions about your diabetes care plan, call a member of your diabetes care team.
Check off what you’ve done
- I filled my first prescription and took my first dose on my own
- I’m confident in preparing and using my premix insulin. If I have type 1 diabetes, I take my insulin within 15 minutes before starting a meal. If I have have type 2 diabetes, I take my insulin within 15 minutes before OR after starting a meal
- I’m using my Blood Sugar Diary to write down my blood sugar readings
- I registered for the Cornerstone4Care® Diabetes Health Coach
- I found some easy things to do to stay active
- I’ve prepared and eaten a few diabetes-friendly meals at home
- I’ve asked my loved ones to be part of my diabetes care team
“Your First 7 Days” is a step-by-step guide can help you through your first week on NovoLog® Mix 70/30. You can get started here.
Don’t forget that the Cornerstones4Care® Diabetes Health Coach is there for you. Visit Cornerstones4Care.com today to get started.