Studying in College

Like it or not, studying is a vital part of life for any college student. But studying with low or high blood sugar won’t get you anywhere because your brain and body won’t be functioning to the best of their abilities. Following are some tips for managing your diabetes while keeping up with the demands of your academics. As a student with type 1 diabetes, be sure to pay attention to signals your body may be sending. Your grades are important, but no matter what, your health always comes first.

How do highs and lows affect concentration?

Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) can affect concentration. Elevated blood sugar levels can cause blurred vision. Low blood sugar can cause fatigue and disorientation. When you’re up late cramming for an exam, make sure you pay attention to how you feel. Do you feel too tired to write another word? Are the letters on the page jumping around or not focusing? Test your blood sugar if you start to struggle and see where your blood sugar is. You could need a snack or some insulin.

What should I do when I’m studying in a group?

Studying in a group is a great way to keep your study sessions lively, informative, and competitive. If you are studying in a group, let someone there know that you have type 1 diabetes. Sometimes during intense concentration, it can be difficult to be aware of symptoms of high or low blood sugar. If you have someone hitting the books with you who will know what signs to look out for, then he or she can be a resourceful reminder to you that it’s time to test. Also, don’t be afraid to speak up if you feel your blood sugar is dropping and you need to take a break to test and wait for your blood sugar to rise.

Are there any habits I should avoid?

Occasionally you may need to pull an all-nighter because you are cramming for an exam. This can lead to irregular sleeping patterns and exhaustion throughout the day. All-nighters are not recommended for anyone, but it’s especially important not to take any pharmaceutical drugs to stay awake, as they can be habit-forming. It’s important to avoid forming any addiction to drugs, either legal or illegal.