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A Friendly Reminder To My Diabetic Friends… Top Reasons To Check Your Blood Sugar!

• You are hungry. If you are hungry, it’s possible your

numbers, I may ask what is going on in his/her life. If you are feeling stressed over family, job, or other personal matters, consider how that is impacting your blood sugars. You might need to make some serious changes in your life and seek professional help.

blood sugar is on the low side or you are in an official state of hypoglycemia. It’s better to know your number before treating versus eating, without testing, based on hunger.

• You are thirsty. Thirst is one of the symptoms of

hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). Again, it’s always better to test than to assume you just need a glass of water. Testing can reveal a high blood sugar that requires your attention. If you are high, drinking plenty of fluids is important to rehydrate.

• You are tired. One can become tired when levels are high or low, so if you’re feeling especially exhausted, check your blood sugar!

• You are going to drive. Getting behind the wheel with a high or low blood sugar not only endangers you and your passengers, but other people on the roads and sidewalks as well. Consider driving to be a privilege and a great responsibility. If you are too low to drive, it is best to treat your low, check fifteen minutes later to see where you stand. • You are going to bed. Some people are incredibly deep sleepers,

and a high or a low blood sugar (called hypoglycemia unawareness) will not awake them. Be sure to have a good number before you hit the sack!

• You are irritated. One of the tell tale signs of a sugar low is if your alter-personality comes out. The beauty of hypoglycemia, if there is such a thing, is that our bodies do a pretty good job warning us that we need carbohydrates. Symptoms include irritability or nervousness, shaking, a racing heart, sweating, hunger, and more. • You are stressed. When a patient is experiencing a series of high

• You are going to exercise. Exercise is both a beauty and

a beast of diabetes. Initially, exercise does increase blood sugars, but the after effects of exercise generally lower blood sugars, sometimes for days afterward. Talk to your doctor about what an acceptable pre-exercise blood sugar number should be. You also need to figure exercise into your meal planning. Always wear your medical identification, carry an emergency source of carbohydrate, and have a partner or a cell phone nearby when exercising.

• You just do not feel right. Everyone, diabetic or not, has days

when they just feel off. However, people with diabetes must be ultrasensitive to their body’s cues and not blow off a strange or unfamiliar feeling. For example, one might feel anxious up to an hour before a low blood sugar, and other times, hypoglycemia comes on quickly and without much warning. Because you may not have a pattern of common symptoms, check your sugar at the first sign of discomfort or uneasiness. Remember, you hold most of the power in your diabetes management, and of course a key component of living well with diabetes is testing, testing, and testing more. May you find the conviction and motivation to keep your meter handy!

Call 609.625.9146 for information or an appointment. Source: https://www.diabeteshealth.com/ten-reasons-to-test-your-blood-sugar/

About the Practitioner Barbara was born in Trenton, eventually settling in Atlantic County in 2005 while working on her medical degrees. Many years of diverse experience working in the medical field as she continued her education finally culminated in a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2013. She joined Reliance Medical Group in 2014 and now has her own practice in Egg Harbor Township, an accomplishment of which she takes immense pride. She is affiliated with Shore Medical Center. Barbara takes special interest in her community, with a practice focused on family, veterans and the trans-gender population. She personally has volunteered in the Wounded Warrior project since 2009, and donates her time and resources to the American Cancer Society and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Greenling also takes great pride in the level of care her office provides. It is a safe-haven office with a friendly and easy-going staff. They take all insurances, including Tri-Care for veterans. When Barbara is not practicing medicine, she enjoys golfing, gardening, entertaining and spending time with her family.

“She is very caring and intelligent. I would recommend her especially to anyone with diabetes and thyroid conditions.” - Wendy, Mays Landing, NJ

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Testimonials “I have been a patient of Barbara Greenling for about a year and a half. She is an excellent practitioner who cares about her patients. As a person who makes their living working with medical staff, I have seen both the good and the not so good, I highly recommend her to all who are looking for a knowledgeable, compassionate and caring practitioner!!!!!” - Ann, Mays Landing, NJ

Barbara Greenling, DNP

• Endocrinology • Diabetes • Metabolism

3069 English Creek Avenue Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

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