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Why should I check my blood glucose to manage my diabetes?
People with diabetes may check their own blood glucose using a blood glucose meter. You can use the results of daily checks to make decisions about food, physical activity, and medicine. Look for any high or low blood glucose results that repeat at the same time on several days. Review your...
What are the types of insulin for diabetes treatment?
The types of insulin include:
Rapid-acting insulin, such as insulin lispro (Eli Lilly), insulin aspart (Novo Nordisk), or insulin glulisine (sanofi-aventis), begins to work about five minutes after injection, peaks in about one hour, and continues to work for two to four hours.
If you have type 1 diabetes, what you eat, how much you eat, and when you eat all affect your blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Ask to see a dietitian who knows about diabetes. Together, you'll design a meal plan that can help you reach your goals and include your favorite foods....
What should I consider when choosing an insulin pump?
There are several insulin pumps on the market today. Your doctor or diabetes educator may prefer one brand over the other. Ask for his or her thoughts on each model. Your best bet may be to talk to other people who use pumps. Find out what they like and what they don’t like about each model. Here...
Premixed insulins can also be useful for people with eyesight or dexterity problems that make drawing different amounts of insulin from two different bottles difficult. You may want to discuss assistive devices for people with impaired sight with your doctor or diabetes educator. A good source of information...
There are several ways to diagnose diabetes. Each way usually needs to be repeated on a second day to diagnose diabetes. Testing should be carried out in a health care setting (such as your doctor’s office or a lab). If your doctor determines that your blood glucose level is very high, or if you have
How can I stay safe in hot weather if I have diabetes?
Dehydration and heat exhaustion can be especially bad for people with diabetes. During extreme heat, try to stay indoors as much as possible and drink plenty of fluids. Seek shelter if you do not have air conditioning and the heat is beginning to make you feel ill. Call your doctor if you feel dizzy,...
A pneumonia shot is recommended for anyone aged 2 or older who, because of chronic health problems (such as diabetes) or age, has a greater chance of getting and dying with pneumonia. A pneumonia shot can also protect you from other infections caused by the same bacteria.
What diabetes care tips should I teach my child's babysitter?
Before leaving your child in someone's care, it's important that the sitter knows that every person with diabetes is different -- and so is their diabetes care plan. Be prepared to train every baby sitter to know:
How and when to check blood glucose (BG) and ketones: Demonstrate how to use your
How does diabetes affect peripheral artery disease (PAD)?
If you have diabetes, you're much more likely to have peripheral artery disease, a heart attack, or a stroke. But you can cut your chances of having those problems by taking special care of your blood vessels.