Living With Diabetes
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Living With Diabetes

Recently diagnosed with diabetes? Take our quiz to test your knowledge on the basics of diabetes management.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

How many Americans are affected by diabetes?

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The correct answer is: Currently, about 26 million people have diabetes in America. Of those, 90 to 95 percent have type 2, and about 5 percent have type 1. Less than 5 percent have other specific types of diabetes caused by pregnancy, genetic disorders, medications, infections or other diseases.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: A prediabetes diagnosis means it's only time before a person has full-blown type 2 diabetes.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Prediabetes may lead to type 2 diabetes. But at this early stage, prediabetes can still be reversed, and a person can reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which form of diabetes requires insulin injections or doses of insulin from an insulin pump?

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The correct answer is: Both of the above. People with type 1 diabetes have an immune system that attacks and destroys the insulin-making cells in the pancreas, so they need daily insulin injections or doses from a pump to stay alive. People with type 2 diabetes produce too little insulin to regulate blood sugar, or their body's cells have become resistant to insulin and can't use it properly. Either way, they may require insulin.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Which of the following are symptoms of diabetes?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are symptoms of diabetes. Other symptoms include feeling tired all the time, slow-to-heal cuts and bruises, frequent colds and flu, unexplained weight loss, blurred vision and a numbness or tingling pain in the feet or hands.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Low blood sugar is one of the main characteristics of diabetes.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Diabetes is characterized by high blood glucose levels, which result from the body's inability to produce enough insulin and/or effectively utilize the insulin.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

What are the ABCs of diabetes?

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The correct answer is: Know your ABCs: A1c, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Lowering your A1c, which is your average blood glucose level in the last two to three months, by just one point can reduce your risk for diabetes complications by 40 percent.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Some women develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Can gestational diabetes continue after childbirth?

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The correct answer is: Yes. Gestational diabetes occurs in about 18 percent of pregnant women. Most often, this is a temporary condition that goes away after pregnancy, but in some women it can continue after childbirth. Either way, gestational diabetes increases a woman's risk of developing type 2 diabetes by up to 60 percent.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

A person's healthcare expenses typically increase by what percent after a diabetes diagnosis?

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The correct answer is: Research shows that if you have diabetes, your healthcare costs will likely increase by at least 2 percent.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Depression increases the risk of diabetes by how much?

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The correct answer is: Depression can increase the risk of diabetes by 60 percent. That's because people who are depressed often don't exercise and/or eat right -- both of which can boost the odds of developing diabetes. Research also links depression with hormonal changes that can raise a person's risk for obesity and diabetes.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is a diabetes-related sexual complication in women?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. About half of all adults are likely to develop some form of diabetes-related sexual complication. Men may have erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and low testosterone, while women may experience vaginal dryness, low sex drive and painful intercourse. Keeping blood sugar at a healthy level, lowering blood pressure and getting regular exercise can all help improve sexual function.

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True or false: Exercise is considered the most important way to prevent diabetes.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Getting regular exercise may be one of the most important things you can do to prevent diabetes. Regular exercise takes glucose out of your bloodstream and sends it to your muscles, where it's burned up as energy and keeps your blood sugar steady. Exercise also prevents other diabetes risk factors including weight gain, stress and insomnia.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

A proper diet is a key part of diabetes management. Which carbohydrates are known to slowly release glucose into your bloodstream to keep your blood sugar stable?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Aim to get about 45 grams to 60 grams of carbohydrates at each meal, and opt for complex carbs such as fruit, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. These slowly release glucose into your bloodstream to keep your blood sugar stable.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Which food decreases diabetes risk by 14 percent?

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The correct answer is: Eating one cup of raw, leafy greens such as spinach, kale and collard greens can lower diabetes risk by 14 percent.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which snack combo is best for diabetes management?

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The correct answer is: Snacks like an apple with peanut butter or rice, beans and avocado not only add a fun punch to your plate, but also lessen the blood-sugar impact of the whole meal. Protein and fat slow the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream, preventing insulin spikes and drops.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

Which spice decreases blood glucose levels and increases insulin sensitivity?

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The correct answer is: Studies have shown that just a teaspoon of cinnamon a day may significantly decrease fasting glucose levels and increase insulin sensitivity.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

Which hot dog condiment can have a disastrous effect on blood sugar levels?

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The correct answer is: Many ketchup brands list some sort of sweetener as the second ingredient, which can cause problems in blood sugar levels.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Low-fat yogurt is a great snack for diabetics.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Low-fat yogurt may be pumped with artificial sweeteners, so opt for a low-fat or fat-free unsweetened plain yogurt and top it off with your favorite fruits.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Walking at what time of day can help lower blood glucose levels?

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The correct answer is: A study from Old Dominion University found that walking after a meal helps lower blood glucose levels better than a pre-supper stroll. It's a great way to end the day -- and it's good for your blood sugar.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

When should people with diabetes check their blood sugar when it comes to exercise?

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The correct answer is: Here are guidelines from the National Institutes of Health: Workouts under 45 minutes: Check your blood sugar before you exercise, immediately afterward and again later, as exercise can affect blood glucose levels for up to 12 hours. Workouts longer than 45 minutes: Check your blood sugar during the workout as well. If you're on medication to control blood sugar and your workouts routinely cause low blood sugar, a doctor may need to adjust your dosage.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

What is considered a critical exercise for people with diabetes?

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The correct answer is: Weight lifting is a critical exercise for people with diabetes. Resistance training lowers blood glucose levels by giving muscles more room to store extra carbs as glycogen for energy. To get started, use resistance bands or small hand weights two to three times a week for 15 to 20 minutes at a time.

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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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