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Talking to Patients About Blood Sugar

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 29 million Americans have diabetes, in addition to an additional 86 million that have prediabetes, many of which have no idea. This is, of course, due to high blood sugar levels. When patients come to you with a concern, it’s important to walk them through a few important points regarding blood sugar levels to help them understand and keep their levels in check.

Talk about how blood sugar levels affect the body. Your patients likely are aware that sugary products aren’t good for their body, but they may not know the science behind it. Before diving into how to help manage blood sugar levels, it is important for your patient to understand the why a healthy blood sugar level is important.

Discuss the risks of high blood sugar. If your patient is concerned or is showing reason to be concerned regarding their blood sugar levels, walk them through the risks. Inform them on the range of risks such as diabetes, a weaker immune system, poor circulation, and even heart attack.

Discuss how the foods we consume affects blood sugar. Most people know that the foods they consume affect their body, but many people don’t quite understand how it affects their blood sugar levels. Here are the two important points to touch on:

  • What diet choices makes blood sugar level rise? Educating your patient on what eating habits cause blood sugar levels to rise can help them make better decisions. Eating too much, a diet too high in carbohydrates, or consuming too much candy and sugary drinks are an important thing to discuss.
  • What diet choices makes blood sugar level fall? Going too long between meals, missing a meal, or eating fewer carbohydrates than usual, are worth noting as causes for blood sugar level drops for your patient.

Suggest ways to help manage blood sugar levels. There are a handful of lifestyle changes small and large that can be suggested to your patient to help manage their blood sugar level and overall health. We recommend that you start by mentioning these four:

  • Increase physical activity.
  • Create a diet plan rich in wholesome foods.
  • Manage and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Decrease alcohol consumption.

Talking to patients about healthy blood sugar levels can be a life changing discussion. In addition to the talking points above, a supplement containing ChromeMate® can help patients keep blood sugar levels under control. Learn more about ChromeMate® by calling 1-800-783-4636 or on our website.

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