Q. What can I do to prevent my diabetes from getting out of control while I'm at work?
A. New research shows that people with type 1 diabetes rarely experience episodes of severe low blood sugar in the workplace. And potential episodes can often be avoided by following common sense rules like adhering to normal eating schedules.
One thing to be aware of is that the symptoms of stress can be similar to those of low blood sugar. If you are ever sweating and shaking, and/or have a pounding heart beat at work, you might not know if it's from stress or hypoglycemia unless you test your blood sugar. If you do experience these symptoms, you may want to check in with your healthcare team to make sure your insulin dosages, timing, and eating schedule regimen are still appropriate.
Carrying a diabetes kit with you at all times (especially at work) is essential to your health. Here's what you'll find in the average kit:
- One or two types of insulin in small vials or prefilled syringes
- Syringes or insulin pen (holds premeasured insulin cartridge and includes needle)
- Antiseptic wipes for cleaning injection sites
- Blood glucose meter
- Glucose meter strips
- Lancet device for doing blood tests
- Extra lancets
- Blood sugar logbook and pens
- Tissues and cotton balls
- Snacks containing quickly digestible sugar (e.g., raisins, orange juice)