Managing Blood Sugar During Long Work Days, Evening or Night Shifts

Managing Blood Sugar During Long Work Days, Evening or Night Shifts

Working long days and evening or night shifts can make it difficult to stick to a regular blood sugar testing and eating schedule. Here are some tips that can help you keep your blood sugar in check at work:

  • Talk with your doctor about a schedule for eating, blood sugar testing, and medication that corresponds to your work hours
  • Set aside time and space at your workplace where you can check blood sugar levels and take your medication as prescribed
  • Keep extra snacks, medication, and testing supplies in a locker or desk drawer in the event of a sudden schedule or shift change
  • Learn common symptoms of low blood sugar and pay special attention to how your body feels if you are physically active at work, which can increase your risk for experiencing an episode of low blood sugar
  • If you frequently experience episodes of low blood sugar, talk to your doctor about ways to help reduce the risk of low blood sugar, including potential adjustments to your medication. Check out the Quick Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Blood Sugar to help start the conversation


Etie Moghissi, MD, FACP, FACE

Dr. Etie Moghissi is a clinical endocrinologist involved in patient care in private practice in Marina del Rey, California, as well as an associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology and is a member of the board of trustees of the American Collage of Endocrinology.

As a clinical endocrinologist, I treat a number of people with type 2 diabetes and know that managing the disease can be a difficult undertaking. The initial diagnosis is often overwhelming and many patients do not realize that high blood sugar levels over time can lead to serious long-term complications.

That’s why I’m working on the Blood Sugar Basics: Get to Your Goals program to provide you with clear tools and missions that encourage you to know your A1C and talk to your diabetes healthcare team (including your primary care provider, endocrinologist, and/or diabetes educator) about setting and attaining your blood sugar goals.

By working with your diabetes healthcare team, you can develop an individualized treatment plan and learn more about how lifestyle changes, such as meal planning and physical activity, and medication, when prescribed, all play key roles in helping you reach your A1C goal and blood sugar goals. For more advice about type 2 diabetes management and the importance of teaming up with your doctor, click here.

I am very excited about Get to Your Goals and hope that you find it to be a helpful resource. I know how important it is for people with type 2 diabetes to work with their diabetes healthcare team to set personal goals and a plan for achieving them, and that’s exactly where you’ll start with the first mission of Get to Your Goals – Gather Intelligence.