How can I fine-tune my plan for intensive diabetes monitoring?

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Once you know how your body handles a given amount of insulin, you and your dietitian or nurse educator will meet and fine-tune your plan. Take into account any physical activities and how they affect your blood glucose levels, too.

However you decide to go about fine-tuning your insulin doses, remember that you still need to pay attention to your food choices. It’s easy to get in the habit of eating fries and a shake and just taking more insulin. But even though you are counting carbohydrates, calories still count, too.

It will take a while before you feel like you’ve mastered these food and insulin adjustments, but they can buy you greater flexibility in your activities and meals while keeping your blood glucose level where you want it.

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Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus (MEL-ih-tus), often referred to as diabetes, is characterized by high blood glucose (sugar) levels that result from the body’s inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin. Diabetes ...

is a serious, life-long condition and the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism (the body's way of digesting food and converting it into energy). There are three forms of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that accounts for five- to 10-percent of all diagnosed cases of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes may account for 90- to 95-percent of all diagnosed cases. The third type of diabetes occurs in pregnancy and is referred to as gestational diabetes. Left untreated, gestational diabetes can cause health issues for pregnant women and their babies. People with diabetes can take preventive steps to control this disease and decrease the risk of further complications.
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