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When you were first diagnosed with diabetes, you were probably told by your doctor or diabetes educator to eat your meals around the same time each day, check your blood sugar at certain times, and get regular exercise and consistent sleep. But what if you work a rotating shift and your hours may be all over the clock?
You might work 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 hours shifts varying days a week. Throw in some overtime and you may forget what day of the week it is, let alone remember whether or not you have taken your diabetes medication when you should have.
It might be more difficult for people with type I diabetes to work different shifts than a person with type 2 diabetes, but there a few oral diabetes medications (sulfonylureas that stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin) that can cause you to have a low blood sugar.
Here are some tips to managing diabetes at work:
By being prepared you'll be set to go. We look forward to hearing your experiences and tips.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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Jody, I would suggest you go to the American Diabetes Association website regarding your rights at work. Here is the web address: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/know-your-rights/discrimination/employment-discrimination/?loc=lwd-slabnav
I suspect I will need to monitor glucose level every 2 hours throughout my day, and adjust with meds accordingly. This of course, in a perfect world. Schedules, meetings, etc. have a tendency to get in the way.
I have type 1 diabetes. The last job I had I worked days, but my shifts varied from 4 to 6 hours. I was NEVER allowed breaks during any of those shifts. Quite often my blood sugar would become dangerously low. I told my supervisor about it, but she just shrugged her shoulders. Early on I decided to bring a regular soda to my desk with me. After a few months the management decided nobody would be allowed to have any kind of soda at their work station. I kept bringing one with me because I felt I had no choice. My co-workers started to complain to me that I was being given special treatment. Eventually, I had to quit. I'm just wondering if there was anything else I could have done.
Pretty sure that's illegal that they say u can't have ur BS monitor at your desk.
Please take that to a higher authority if needed.
I am also a very recently diagnosed type 1 and a nurse practitioner. I still struggle with doing the right stuff even with all my background knowledge. It takes time and patience but u can do it and it's so worth the reward to keep ur body healthy for years to come!
Hang in there
I am also on an insulin pump, seeing 9 different specialists, and still cannot get my A1C below an 8.4. This morning I am home from work due to a 455 blood glucose and ketones, and my pump just alerted me that I now have a low predicted...
I am a type 1 diabetic, diagnosed when I was 6, in 1983. I'm very frustrated with my new job as they just told me I can't have my blood tester at my desk where I work, in a call center.
Monitoring is the key in beating diabetes
I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes about an year back. My doctor did not start any medications immediately and advised me life style change. When I was diagnosed, my HbA1C was 8+. But with lifestyle change within 3 months I was below 6.
It is very important in this disease to monitor yourself. I used a web based software to log and monitor my parameters [www.friendofdiabetic.com]. The more you log your parameters, more it acts as a feedback to improve. I don’t think I would have achieved A1C of 6 without monitoring what I was doing.
I was diagnosed in 1999 with type II. I went on insulin in 2010 and had problems ever since. I have now had to take two medical leaves of absence in my job. I am a Construction Manager. My A1c was a 12 now down to a 9. I am so weak and tired, depressed shaky & can hardly hold my head up. I am now hooked up to a monitor to graph my readings 24/7 for a week. I am so tired of bouncing readings.
Really lots of people are struggling from diabetes. For diabetes treatment i will suggest for better diabetes centre.
Wendi, my question to you is, are you on diabetes medication (orals, injectables or insulin)? If you are on an insulin program with a basal background you have room to flex you eating times, the timing of meals does not need to be so rigid. Also you can avoid the foods that bother your IBS but try to stay with in your carbohydrate amount for meals. You could check with a dietician about supplements to cover foods lacking in you diet.
I really struggle with work and maintaining my diabetes. I'm a secretary, I'm constantly interrupted. I may or may not get to have lunch at the same time every day. I don't take my meds at the same time. I also have Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The foods I'm supposed to eat to control my blood sugar levels are foods that make my IBS flare up - no whole wheats, no leafy greens, etc. So while diabetes affects me the the thing that affects me immediately is the IBS. How am I supposed to eat? I've seen 5 nutritionists in my area - 3 of them were at Shands Hospital - and none of them knew what to do for me. I'm so frustrated.
I just found out I have diabeties and am going to have a struggle learning what to do. My son is a severe diabetic and has many problems as a result of it. I am hoping I can control mine with diet but will learn more next Monday when I see my doctor again. I can all be so very scary. At least I have a job where it will be easier for me when I see the challenges some of you are facing with work.
My husband is type 2. He drives an 18 wheel truck and is gone all week. What can I pack for him to lower his A1? What can he eat at truck stops?
I have been taking Metformin for some timealong with Pioglitazone but 3 months ago my doctor took me off the Pioglitazone to give me Sitagliptin. All was ok for the next 3- 4 weeks,but then I started losing the odd pound ( which pleased me because I'd wanted to lose weight for some time.) I then started having stomach pains which gradually got worse,I then had Diarrohea,then found it difficult to control my sugar levels,which went very low.6 weeks later I was rushed into hospital and was put onto a Saline Drip,had numerous Blood Tests,X Rays,even a CT Scan,they all showed up nothing,then 3 days later was discharged and went home.but was still feeling lousy. After reading the Sitagliptin Leaflet and read about the possible side effects,when taken with Metformin,which surprisingly I had most, I mentioned this to my doctor who reccomended I left a time space inbetween taking Metformin/Sitagliptin and Sitagliptin/Metagliptin of at least 5-6 hours. Its been 2 months now since I started this procedure and up to now am not having anymore problems.
I'm trying to understand about my diabetes but it is very hard to deal with at work i'm a contractor and i would have to carry a extra tool box just to carry the meters, snacks and medacine if i did what the dr. told me to do i know i should but sometime its not realstic
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