Bio: Lori Berard
Lori Berard is Diabetes Educator with an expertise in diabetes education, management and clinical research. As a certified diabetes educator, she has over 30 years’ experience primarily as the Nurse Manager for the Health Sciences Centre Diabetes Research Program. More recently she was the Nurse Clinician/Educator at the Wellness Institute Seven Oaks General Hospital. She was a Faculty Member at the University of Manitoba Department of Medicine Section of Endocrinology from 2009 to 2017 and continues as a sessional instructor in the medical school.
Lori Berard is working as a consultant in diabetes management and clinical research operations. She continues to be actively involved in many continuing medical educational initiatives with numerous presentations and publications. Lori has been a professional member and major volunteer of Diabetes Canada for more than 25 years and has extensive experience with the Clinical Practice Guidelines. She has received many honors and awards related to her work in diabetes.
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Best Time to Test Blood Glucose Levels
There are several different blood glucose meters available on the market. All of them have a very basic level of monitoring blood sugars: you stick in a test strip, you put a drop of blood on it, you get a number.
Many tools have been developed by several of the companies that can aid in diabetes management or pattern management or helping you understand your insulin dose. Those are the standard types of tools that people with diabetes use; they’re available at local pharmacies.
Sometimes when people are having bigger challenges in terms of managing their blood glucose, or perhaps if they’re wearing an insulin pump, they may go to a bit more sophisticated system, which is a continuous glucose monitoring system.
And there are a couple of those available, and what that will do is, a small sensor is placed under your skin and it tests your blood sugar about every five minutes for 24 hours. And you can typically wear those for between four to six days.
Sometimes you can read the results, but often it’s a device that’s taken in and downloaded for your healthcare professional to help you look at the highs and lows that you’re having throughout the day.
What’s important for you to remember is putting all the pieces together. So if you’re using blood glucose monitoring and you write that down, write down food, write down activity, write down medications, and write down illness or stress.
Bring that to your healthcare professional when you’re trying to understand how your diabetes is being controlled, and that will be very helpful for everybody involved.
Presenter: Lori Berard, Nurse, Winnipeg, MB
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