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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. Check out the Fast 5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Blood Sugar to help start the conversation
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