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Know Your Average Blood Sugar With This Test
Your average blood sugar can be measured by a hemoglobin A1c test. It is a vital part of managing your type 1 diabetes. Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the A1c test.
Estimated Average Glucose (eAG)
Estimated Average Glucose (eAG) is a new concept that allows you to take your A1c test results and convert them into numbers like you see on your glucose meter. Learn more how you can make these easy calculations.
High and Low Blood Sugar - Managing The Ups and...
High and low blood sugar are twin concerns of every person with type 1 diabetes. The main challenge is to keep blood glucose levels in a healthy range most of the time. Learn the symptoms of each and how to manage both ends of the spectrum in this lesson.
Common Type 1 Diabetes Symptoms to Look Out For
The Symptoms of type 1 may not be recognized by many people. Learning to accurately read the symptoms of type 1 diabetes is crucial to getting quick and effective treatment that could prevent serious harm.
What Is Type 1 Diabetes?
Type 1 diabetes is a serious condition that requires you to know as much as you can to manage it well. Whether you are newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes or want to learn more to help and support a family member or friend, this overview of type 1 diabetes is a great place to begin.
Glomerular Filtration Rate
The glomerular filtration rate is a test to determine how well your kidneys are functioning. This test is especially important for people with diabetes because kidney disease is one of the most common complications that occurs with long-term diabetes.
3 Tips For Great Blood Sugar Control
Controlling your blood sugar is not an easy task. But with a little planning and a sound approach you can keep your blood sugar in the acceptable range most of the time. Here are three tips to help you toward good blood sugar control.
Interpreting the A1c Test
The A1c test measures your average glucose (blood sugar) levels over approximately three months. Learn how to read the result of this important diabetes test.
Common Diabetes Skin Conditions
High blood sugar can cause a number of health-related problem for those with diabetes. But it can also affect your skin. Sometimes, changes in your skin are the first signs of high blood sugar. Here are some of the most common diabetes-related skin conditions and what you can do to treat them.
Low-Glycemic Superfoods
Low glycemic foods do not raise your blood sugar nearly as much as foods that contain more sugar (either naturally or through processing). Research has shown many benefits of eating low glycemic foods, especially for those with diabetes. It can even out many of the blood sugar spikes and wild fluctuations that care common withe diabetes, especially type 1. Start by mixing in some low glycemic foods into your meal plan and see how it might help you manage your blood glucose levels.
How Is Type 1 Diabetes Diagnosed?
To make an accurate diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, health professionals need to conduct one of three commonly used tests to confirm the diagnosis. Learn what these tests are and how they are conducted.
What is Diabetes Mellitus?
An older term that describes what we now simply call “diabetes.” The word's interesting history helps us understand the three main types of diabetes
Proteinuria - Kidney Damage and Diabetes
Proteinuria is a condition that is often associated with diabetes, especially those who have been living with diabetes for several years. Learn what happens and how you can treat it.
How to Count Carbs to Manage Your Child's...
Carbohydrate counting is a valuable resource for parents of children with type 1 diabetes to balance food and insulin. Learn the basics of carbohydrate counting and how it can help your child's diabetes management.
How Accurate Is Your Glucose Meter?
If you check your blood sugar you assume that your glucose meter gives you accurate readings every time you check your blood. You rely on these numbers to manage your diabetes. While most meters are accurate, you might be surprised to know some additional things about your meter that will better help you manage your diabetes.
Hyperglycemia - High Blood Sugar Treatment and...
Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, can be a diabetes emergency if your glucose goes too high. Not only might you feel poorly, but sustained high glucose levels increases your risk of diabetes-related complications. Learn the symptoms and how to keep this from becoming an emergency situation.
Low Blood Sugar Awareness
Low blood sugar symptom awareness, also called hypoglycemia awareness, is common among people who have consistently high blood sugar. Yet being able to recognize the early symptoms of low blood sugar is critical in preventing a diabetes emergency. Learn how you can retain your awareness of low blood sugar symptoms.
How to Choose a Blood Glucose Meter
Using a blood glucose meter is not optional for someone with type 1 diabetes. But all blood glucose meters are not created equal.
The Difference Between Basal and Bolus Insulin
Both basal and bolus insulin are needed to balance the glucose in the body. But each has a different role and must be carefully planned in order to give the proper insulin coverage that your body needs.
How to Check Your Blood Sugar
Checking your blood sugar (glucose) is the only way you can confidently know what your blood sugar level is at any given time. Fortunately, we now have many small, pocket-sized blood glucose monitoring devices that require only a very small blood sample.
Diabetes Meal Planning Options
To eat well with type 1 diabetes means eating nutritious foods in sensible portion sizes and timing it appropriately with your insulin. But there are different approaches to managing your meals. And not every plan works well for every person. Find the one that works best for you.
5 Tips for Safely Choosing an Insulin Injection...
Insulin injection site rotation is as important as the amount of insulin you take. These tips can help you make the most of your insulin injections.
How to Read Blood Ketone Test Results
Ketone blood testing is the preferred method for assessing the presence of ketones during times of sickness. Ketone blood testing uses different measurements than the numbers you are familiar with on your glucose meter. Learn how to interpret the numbers for ketone blood testing.
Hypoglycemia Can Be a Diabetes Emergency
Hypoglycemia can be a medical emergency if you don't act quickly. Low blood sugar brings on a number of symptoms that must be accurately recognized and treated to avoid potential danger. Learn the symptoms and what to do if this emergency strikes.
Taking Advantage of "Free Foods"
Free foods have been an important part of the diabetes exchange list system since the beginning. “Free foods” are those foods or drinks that have less than 20 calories per serving and no more than 5 grams of carbohydrate. Learn what foods are considered free.
What is prediabetes?
What is prediabetes? Learn about the condition -- and what tests doctors use to diagnose it -- here.
A1c Home Test Kits
Hemoglobin A1c home test kits can be a valuable resource for checking longer-range blood sugar for those with type 1 diabetes. It is recommended that those with type 1 diabetes check their A1c at least twice a year and four times a year for others.
Hemochromatosis and Diabetes
Hemochromatosis is a relatively unknown disease that is caused by an excessive build-up of iron in your body. This build-up of iron in the tissue is caused by a defective gene and can lead to organ damage. In particular, it can damage the pancreas and result in diabetes. The good news is that it is a treatable and possibly reversible condition if diagnosed early.
Glucose Monitoring - Getting Started
Glucose monitoring is one of the first things you learn to do after being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Why? Because effective management of your diabetes depends on frequent testing. Learn why testing your blood is important and ways you can get your testing meter at low cost or even free.
Famous People with Type 1 Diabetes
Here are nine famous people living with type 1 diabetes that are examples that you can achieve your dreams amid the challenges of diabetes.
Treatment For Type 1 Diabetes
Treating type 1 diabetes requires good management of several areas: insulin therapy, good food choices, exercise and checking blood sugar. When you combine effective management of these four pillars of self-care, you are much more likely to stabilize your blood sugar levels.
Hemoglobin and Diabetes
Hemoglobin and diabetes have an ongoing relationship. Glucose collects on hemoglobin in your red blood cells and stays there for up to three months. A test, called hemoglobin A1c, measures the average amount of glucose in your blood over that time period. This test is a vital part of your diabetes management.
Carbohydrates and Diabetes
We need ample amounts of carbohydrates because they are our main source of energy. Learn what carbohydrates are and how they affect your blood sugar levels.
Causes Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is a complex disease. Though we don't have all of the answers, current research can provide some clues as to the cause of type 1 diabetes. Learn more about what we currently know.
What is the Pancreas?
Your pancreas is a very important but often under-appreciated organ. The pancreas and the role it plays in diabetes are particularly important to understand.
Mindful Eating Tips for Better Blood Sugar...
Mindful eating is a way for people with diabetes to engage with food in a new way. It emphasizes the use of your senses to be more aware and attentive to how you plan for, prepare and eat food. Long-held eating habits are hard to break. But, mindful eating principles can give you the tools you need to start feeling in control of your food choices.
Blood Sugar and Ketone Meters
Some blood sugar meters also test for blood ketones. It is particularly important to test for ketones during periods of illness. Learn which meters have the dual function of testing blood sugar and also blood ketones.
What is a Hemoglobin A1c Test?
A hemoglobin A1c test, sometimes referred to as just A1c, is a test used to measure your average blood sugar (also called glucose) over the past two to three months. It is an important benchmark for people with diabetes because it gives you a way to gauge the levels of glucose in your bloodstream over a relatively long period of time.
Diabetes Food Pyramid
The Diabetes Food Pyramid is a helpful tool for planning a nutritious and balanced meal plan each day. It is especially designed for people with diabetes to better calculate the number of carbohydrates you eat from each food group. Learn how the diabetes pyramid can help you.
Glucose
Glucose is a simple sugar that is found in most foods classified as carbohydrates.
Kidney Disease
Kidney disease that is caused by diabetes can lead to serious problems. One of the best ways to prevent kidney disease is to manage your blood glucose levels well. Learn how diabetes can affect your kidneys and what you can do to prevent kidney disease.
Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)
Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when your body does not have enough insulin to process the glucose (sugar) that you take in from the food you eat. As a result, a toxic, and possibly life-threatening state develops.
Type 1 Diabetes: Can We Move Beyond Insulin?
Type 1 Diabetes: Moving Beyond Insulin If you are a patient with type 1 diabetes, chances are you are being treated with insulin only. However, a new class of medications, called glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) agonists, may soon play an important role in your treatment.
Postprandial
Postprandial is a term that is important to understand because it relates to how your blood sugar fluctuates after a meal.
Sugar Alcohols and How They Might Fit Into Your...
Sugar alcohols (also called polyols) are a staple in the diets of many people with diabetes without them knowing it. Sugar alcohols add sweetness to foods such as sugar-free candy, chewing gum or cookies and are commonly used in foods targeted to those with diabetes. Learn how sugar alcohol is used and how it might fit into your diabetes meal plan.
7 Diabetes Myths – The truth behind the...
There are a number of myths about diabetes that make it difficult for people living with type 1 diabetes to contend with. Here are seven common myths about diabetes and the truth about each one.
Ketoacidosis - Treatment and Prevention
Ketoacidosis, or DKA, is a serious condition and a diabetes emergency. During DKA your body is searching for fuel because it doesn't have the insulin it needs to use glucose. Learn more about the cause of ketoacidosis and what to do if it occurs.
Healthy Snacking for Children With Diabetes
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Diabetic Neuropathy
Diabetic Neuropathy is a condition where particular nerves in the body are damaged as a result of chronically high blood sugar. Two out three people with diabetes experience some degree of neuropathy. Learn more about what it is and how you can prevent or minimize the potential damage to your nerves.
Understanding the Complications of Type 1...
There are both potential short-term and long-term complications that can arise with diabetes. Find out what they are and how you can prevent them.
Ketones
Ketones are the by-product of using body fat for energy instead of glucose from the foods eaten.
Thyroid Disease and Diabetes
Thyroid disease occurs frequently among those with diabetes. About one in 8 people with type 2 diabetes and about one in three with type 1 will develop thyroid disease. Learn the symptoms and what you can do to prevent and treat thyroid conditions while managing your diabetes.
Treating Severe Low Blood Sugar with Glucagon
Treating severe hypoglycemia or low blood sugar requires that you have access to an emergency glucagon kit. You also need to be prepared to know what you should do before an emergency like this arises. Learn what you need to know about glucagon, when to give it and how to administer the proper dose.
Erectile Dysfunction and Diabetes
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem for men with diabetes. Nearly one-half of all men with diabetes will experience ED sometime in their life. But, diabetes doesn't need to put an end to sexual satisfaction. Learn more about ED and diabetes and the effective ways it can be treated.
Storing Insulin - The Best Way to Store Insulin
How you store your insulin can affect how well it works. Learn the best storage tips to keep your insulin working for you.
Alcohol and Diabetes
People with diabetes can consume alcohol in moderation if they are mindful of how it might affect their blood sugar. Unfortunately, most people with diabetes don’t give enough attention to the interaction between alcohol and blood sugar.
Ketone Testing - Making it Part of Your...
Ketone testing should be part of your diabetes management plan. Unfortunately, many people with type 1 diabetes do not check for ketones as often as they should. Some never do. Learn the importance of ketone testing and how it can help you stay healthy.
Your Guide to Finding the Best Blood Sugar Meter
When shopping for a new blood sugar meter, you should consider the features the meter offers. Finding the right meter to meet your needs is important. Here is a shopper's guide to help you choose the blood glucose meter that will meet your basic diabetes management needs.
Insulin Pump Therapy - The Pros and Cons
Insulin pump therapy is not for everyone. Before you decide for or against insulin pump therapy, take a close look at the major advantages and disadvantages that accompany the use of a pump.
Preventing Insulin Shock
Insulin shock occurs when the level of your blood sugar drops quickly and leads to unconsciousness. It is a severe form of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and can be fatal if not treated in a timely manner. Learn how you can prevent it.
How to Use the Glycemic Index
The glycemic index (GI) ranks foods according to how they affect blood sugar levels. The index specifically targets carbohydrates and ranks them on a scale from 0 to 100. Foods with a high GI are more quickly digested and absorbed resulting in a greater rise in blood sugar levels. Foods with a lower GI are more slowly digested and absorbed and cause blood sugar to rise more gradually.
What Is LADA or Diabetes 1.5?
Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, or simply LADA, is a relatively new type of diabetes that is just becoming known. LADA takes on characteristics of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and is sometimes referred to as type 1.5 diabetes. But there are important distinctions that are unique to LADA that need to be understood so proper treatment can be applied.
Diabetes Emergencies
Diabetes Emergencies can be a common occurrence for some. But even when they are rare, it can be very scary. The good news is that most diabetes-related emergencies can be prevented. Learn how to treat an emergency situation when it arises and prevent future ones from happening.
Insulin Pump Therapy - Frequently Asked Questions
Insulin Pump Therapy is not a decision you should enter into lightly. There are many factors to consider. This article offers an overview of insulin pump therapy to help you understand some of the common questions and concerns.
Alternate Blood Sugar Testing Sites
An alternative blood testing site is a body location other than your fingertip where you can reliably test your blood glucose. Common alternative blood testing sites include the palm, forearm, upper arm, thigh and calf.
Ketone Blood Testing
Ketone blood testing has been the gold standard for assessing the presence of ketones. Learn about ketone blood testing.
Tips for Injecting Insulin
Most people with type 1 diabetes take their insulin through injections with a syringe. It is important that you know where to inject your insulin in order to get the best absorption and minimize the discomfort. Here are some tips for your daily injections.
Why Blood Glucose Drops After Exercise
Exercise causes your blood sugar to drop. Not only is this normal but it can also be used to help manage your blood sugar in a healthy way. But you must be mindful of how exercise acts on your body to reduce blood glucose in order to prevent low blood sugar levels during and especially following exercise.
What is Glucagon?
Glucagon is a hormone that is naturally made in the pancreas and works to raise blood sugar. Learn why it is important and how it can be used in an emergency.
Diabetes Travel Kit - Being Prepared for...
Diabetes travel kits are needed whether you are traveling weeks at a time away from home or out for an afternoon of errands. The need to have these supplies with you at all times cannot be emphasized enough. Learn what you need and be prepared for the unexpected.
Diabetes and Peripheral Arterial Disease
Peripheral arterial disease, also called PAD, occurs when the blood vessels in your legs either are blocked or narrow, restricting the blood flow to your legs and feet. Nearly 1 in 3 people with diabetes over the age of 50 has PAD and it can be a serious risk factor for other problems like heart attack and stroke. The good news is that you can treat it and even prevent it. Learn how.
Carbohydrate Counting - What Parents Should Know
Carbohydrate counting is often considered the best way for parents of children with type 1 diabetes to manage food intake and insulin. Learn what carbohydrate counting is and how it can benefit you.
Stress and Diabetes - How Stress Affects Blood...
Stress and diabetes are common partners. Contrary to popular belief, stress does affect blood sugar in a profound way. Learning to manage stress is one important way to manage blood sugar levels.
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Living Well With Type 1 Diabetes
Living well with type 1 diabetes is challenging but worth the effort. It starts with a commitment to do all you can to apply the knowledge you have about diabetes in a proactive manner.
Tight Blood Glucose Control
Tight control of blood glucose can greatly improve your energy while it greatly reduces the risk of diabetes-related health problems. But tight control of your blood sugar takes work and is not appropriate for everyone. Learn what it takes and whether it is a good fit for your diabetes management goals.
Disposing of Diabetes Needles
Diabetes “needles,” as used here, refer to syringes used to deliver insulin as well as the lancets that gently puncture the skin for blood glucose checks. Proper disposal of these needles is very important to protect yourself and others from potential harm and infection.
Important Features of Blood Sugar Meters
Nearly all blood glucose meters are small, portable and fast at providing results. But that’s where the similarities end. Of the six dozen or so blood glucose meters currently on the market, there are many features to choose from. When shopping for a glucose meter, consider the following features to find the meter that best fits your needs.
Insulin
Insulin is a hormone necessary for life, which people with type 1 diabetes must obtain through daily injections or an insulin pump. Learn more...
Diabetes and High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure and diabetes often go together. It is estimated that about two-thirds of people with diabetes have higher than normal blood pressure and this puts them at greater risk for many health problems. The good news is that there is something you can do about it.
Diabetes and Celiac Disease
Celiac disease is a condition where you have an intolerance to a protein called gluten. It causes poor absorption of nutrients and can lead to malnutrition and a number of other serious problems. Fortunately, it can be correctly diagnosed and treated. Learn how celiac disease is common with type 1 diabetes and what can be done to treat it.
Blood Sugar Meters with Smallest Required Sample
For many, the most important feature of a blood sugar meter is the size of the blood sample. The smaller the better, especially when testing a child's blood sugar. Here are the meters that require the least amount of blood for accurate testing results.
Insulin Therapy - The Basics
Insulin therapy is a requirement of every person with type 1 diabetes. The more you understand how insulin therapy works, the better you will be able to effectively manage your diabetes. Here are some of the most common questions related to insulin therapy.
Diabetic Retinopathy
Diabetic retinopathy can affect those with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Just having diabetes puts you at greater risk of vision problems than someone without diabetes. Learn what could happen to your vision and what you can to do prevent these common vision problems.
Being Wise About "Sugar-Free" Foods in Diabetes...
Foods advertised as “sugar-free” are sometimes misleading people with diabetes to believe that they won't raise blood sugar. But that is often not the case. Because food is such an important part of managing blood sugar, you should be wise when choosing sugar-free products.
Keytone Testing Options
Ketone testing should be part of every person's type 1 diabetes management plan. You have three basic options when you wish to test for the presence of ketones.
Rapid-acting Insulins
A rapid-acting insulin is one that is has been chemically modified to be absorbed into the bloodstream faster than normal. Learn what these insulins are and how they work quickly to lower blood sugar.
Staying Active With Type 1 Diabetes
Staying active with type 1 is easier than you might think. You don't need to be an athlete to gain the many benefits of physical activity. In fact, regular physical activity needs to be a vital part of your diabetes management program. Learn how being active can help you manage your diabetes and find an activity that is right for you.
Fructose
Fructose is a type of naturally occurring sugar found in many fruits , vegetables and honey. Fructose is nearly twice as sweet as sucrose (table sugar) and can give a similar rise in blood sugar as sucrose. Those with diabetes should learn how it raises blood sugar and the way it is used in common foods.
Guide to Important Diabetes Lab Tests and Exams
Every person with diabetes should have certain exams and lab tests on a regular basis to ensure that their diabetes management routine is working as planned. In addition, these exams and tests are the best way to detect early signs of health problems that can often be treated before permanent damage occurs.
Hyperglycemia
Hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, is common among people with type 1 diabetes. Learn about it's causes and symptoms.
Glycemic Load and Diabetes
The glycemic load (GL) is a relatively new way to measure how the intake of carbohydrates affects blood sugar levels. It is often used in tandem with the glycemic index (GI), which helps determine how quickly food is digested and absorbed into your system. Learn how you use the glycemic index and glycemic load together to effectively manage your food intake.
Visual Cues Help Manage Portion Sizes
Visual cues acts as an approximate gauge for determining a sensible serving of food. The best visual cues are objects you know well, such as a fist, deck of cards or baseball. Knowing the approximate size helps you know how much to put on your plate. Learn how visual cues can help you manage your blood sugar and your weight.
Portion Control Using the Plate Method
Managing portion size is one of the best ways to control your eating habits and lose weight. Most people are accustomed to filling up their plates based how hungry they feel. However, if you have diabetes, you must think about the quantity of food you eat at each meal.
Types of Fast- and Short-Acting Insulins
Fast- and short-acting insulins are primarily used to balance glucose at mealtimes (called a bolus dose of insulin). A handy chart is provided for each of the fast- and short-acting insulins along with how quickly they take effect, the length to reach full potency and the duration of the insulin to lower blood sugar.
Insulin Analog
An insulin analog is a type of insulin that has been chemically modified to either act faster or slower than the type of insulin naturally made by the body.
Types of Insulin
There are many types of insulin that serve different purposes for people with diabetes. The type of insulin your doctor will prescribe depends on your particular needs. Learn what each type of insulin does, how long it takes to work and how long it continues to lower your blood sugar.
Why You Should Consider Wearing ID with Diabetes
Medical identification and diabetes go hand-in-hand. Some people are reluctant to use medical identification to avoid being seen as having diabetes, but it has been proven time and again that having medical ID saves lives. Learn why.
Blood Sugar Meters That Communicate with...
Newer technology allows some blood sugar meters to now communicate with specific insulin pumps. This can be especially helpful with calculating the insulin bolus dose. Learn which blood sugar meters send wireless messages to an insulin pump.
Endocrinologist
An endocrinologist is a medical doctor that specializes in diagnosing and treating diabetes. If you have type 1 diabetes, this is one of the people you need on your healthcare team.
Diabetes Foot Care
Diabetes can bring on foot problems because of restricted blood circulation to your feet. This can cause your nerves to be damaged and bring loss of sensitivity in your feet. When you practice good foot care you can possibly prevent some of these foot-related problems. Here are some sound ways to care for your feet when you have diabetes.
Sensor-augmented Pump (SAP)
A sensor-augmented pump (SAP) combines the technology of an insulin pump with a continuous glucose sensor that transmits glucose readings to the person wearing the device. It is a great advance toward an artificial pancreas.
Prescription Assistance Programs –...
Prescription Assistance Programs may be able to help pay for diabetes-related supplies, such as glucose meters, test strips, insulin or other medications. Learn more and gain access to a list of companies that provide prescription assistance programs for diabetes supplies.
Gastroparesis
Gastroparesis, which affects both those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes, means your stomach takes too long to empty its contents. Gastroparesis is a type of nerve damage that can result from consistently high blood sugars. Learn what you can do to prevent and treat this chronic condition.
Your Diabetes Exercise Pre-Workout Checklist
Exercising is a great way to help manage your blood sugar. But, people with diabetes need to be mindful of how your exercise routine might affect your blood sugar. The key is being prepared.Here is a checklist to get you in shape and keep your blood sugar on track.
Disability Laws and Type 1 Diabetes
There are federal laws that protect your child from discrimination as it relates to type 1 diabetes. Though some people might not consider diabetes to be a “disability” in the same category as someone with a spinal cord injury who has lost use of their legs, the same laws apply to both.
Treating Severe Low Blood Sugar in Children
Treating severe hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in children requires that you have access to an emergency glucagon kit. You also need to be prepared to know what you should do before an emergency like this arises. Learn what you need to know about glucagon, when to give it and how to administer the proper dose.
Blood Sugar Meters with the Largest Storage...
Learn which blood sugar meters have the largest data storage capacity that allow you to track long-term trends.
The Benefits of Keeping a Diabetes Food Journal
A diabetes food journal is a great way to stay aware of what you eat to better manage your blood sugar. But it is also a key to managing your weight; a major concern for many with diabetes. Learn several ways you can do this with minimal effort and time.
Choosing a Lancing Device That is Right for You
Choosing the right lancing device is important for people with diabetes. Here are some pointers for choosing the lancing device that best fits your needs.
What You Can Learn from Reading Food Labels
Reading food labels is one of the more important things you can do to help manage your blood glucose levels. It enables you to choose nutritious foods and also be mindful of portion sizes. For people with diabetes,this can significantly help improve your overall health. Here are seven things you should know about reading food labels.
Teens With Type 1- Managing The Ups and Downs
A teen with type 1 diabetes can be challenging but it can also be handled well if you know what to expect and how to manage the unique circumstances that can arise. Learn how blood glucose is affected by the hormonal changes that occur in adolescence and what you can do about it.
Managing the Diagnosis of Your Child with Type...
To learn that your child has type 1 diabetes can be quite a shock. The first response many parents have is bewilderment. How did my child get diabetes, you might ask? Other questions follow. What does this mean for my child’s future? How is this going to change our family? Am I going to be able to adequately care for my child’s needs? Here are ways to help you focus on those key adjustments.
Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Continuous glucose monitoring is quickly gaining popularity as the preferred form of glucose management. Current cutting-edge technology is called a sensor-augmented pump (SAP). It combines an insulin pump with a continuous glucose sensor that transmits glucose readings to the person wearing the device every five minutes.
Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome
Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome describes a serious condition that can develop in people with diabetes. It is also called a diabetic coma. Learn what hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome is and how to prevent it.
What Is the Stress Response?
The stress response is the body's way of coping with physical, mental and emotional strain. If turned on for long periods it can raise blood sugar levels and increases the risk of many health problems.
What is Insulin Resistance?
Insulin resistance is a condition where your body is unable to effectively use the insulin that it makes. If insulin resistance continues, it can lead to a number of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
Beta cells
Beta cells are located in the pancreas and designed to produce insulin.
Fear of Needles – Helping a Child with...
Fear of needles would be a concern to any parent of a child with type 1 diabetes. You know that blood sugar checks and insulin shots are not negotiable. So, how do you cope with your child's fear and also practice ongoing management. Learn five sound tips to help with these fears.
Islet Cell Transplants
Islet cell transplants could eventually become a cure for type 1 diabetes.But researchers have not yet been able to figure out the many puzzle pieces in order to make this procedure safe and effective. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions and what we currently know.
Audible Blood Sugar Meters
In recent years there have been a number of blood sugar meters that provide the option to audibly hear glucose test results. Being able to hear the blood sugar test result is especially important for those with vision problems. This feature reduces the potential for error in visually impaired individuals and gives them the ability to independently as needed. Learn which meters have the ability to speak test results and much more.
Meters that Test Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure
It is not coincidental that some makers of blood sugar meters also created the ability for the meter to measure blood pressure. Two common health problems associated with diabetes are high blood pressure and heart disease. Studies have shown that you can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease linked to diabetes by keeping your blood sugar under control most of the time. Learn which blood sugar meters have the ability to test both blood sugar and blood pressure.
Neuropathy
Neuropathy is a general term used to describe damage to the nervous system or individual nerves.
Insulin Delivery Devices - Your Options
There are several insulin delivery devices available for you to get the insulin you need on a daily basis? Here are your options.
What are Hormones?
Hormones are chemicals that carry messages from organs to cells in your body. Insulin is a hormone that has great importance for those with diabetes.
Diabetes Burnout
Diabetes burnout is all too common among those with diabetes. But it can also strike those, like parents, who care for children with type 1 diabetes. Learn about diabetes burnout and what you can do to manage it.
Diabetes Discrimination at Work
Discrimination at work because of diabetes is more common that you might think. Yet there are laws that protect your rights at the workplace. Here’s what you should know.
Hypoglycemia - What You Need to Know
Hypoglycemia is when your blood sugar drops to a dangerous level. Every person with type 1 should know the symptoms pf hypoglycemia and how to treat them.
Diabetes School Plan
To ensure that your child gets appropriate diabetes medical care at school, you’ll need two important documents. First, you’ll need a Section 504 Plan, which should state specifically what is expected of each school staff member who interacts with your child.The second document that is needed is called a diabetes management plan which specifies the orders from your health care provider regarding your child’s diabetes management needs.
Portion Control Tips When Eating Out
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Calorie Count - A Valuable Resource for Those...
Calorie Count is an excellent resource to help you count carbohydrates, keep a food log or just learn more about nutrition. Try it to see how it can begin helping you to make better your food choices and improve your diabetes management.
Driving with Type 1 Diabetes
Driving with type 1 diabetes doesn’t have to be scary as long as you take certain precautions. Of greatest concern when driving with type 1 is the possibility of a sudden low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) that could put you and others at risk of serious injury or even death. Learn how to be prepared in any situation.
What is an Artificial Pancreas?
While still in development, an artificial pancreas takes the place of a pancreas that no longer produces insulin. It uses the latest high-tech advances to both monitor blood sugar and deliver insulin in precise amounts.
How Diabetes Affects Siblings
When one child has diabetes it is like the entire family is living with diabetes. But with some deliberate steps to address the needs of all the children and open honest conversation about diabetes, siblings can adjust well. Learn tips on how to manage the responses of siblings to the changing family dynamic of living with diabetes.
Dawn Phenomenon - What Is It and How Does It...
Dawn phenomenon is a sudden rise in your blood sugar level between the time you go to bed and the time you get up. Learn more.
Ways to Stay Safe in the Hospital with Diabetes
People with diabetes are more likely to eventually have one or more stays in the hospital. To ensure that your stay is a safe and productive one, you need to be your own advocate. This requires you to be attentive to and engaged in the treatment process. If you are not able, a friend of family member could advocate on your behalf. Learn how you can make your next stay in the hospital a safe and short visit.
The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial...
The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) was a landmark clinical study designed to explore whether intensive glucose control could delay or possibly even prevent diabetes-related complications. Find out the results.
Managing Stress With Type 1 for Better Blood...
Learning to manage stress with type 1 diabetes can improve your life. And how you manage the stress in your life will undoubtedly affect your blood glucose levels. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to keep stress from getting the upper hand in your life.
Changing Lifestyle Habits to Better Manage Your...
Diabetes requires most people to make some significant lifestyle changes. Not only are these changes very different from their previously lifestyle habits but the additional challenge is to make these changes permanent. Here are some ways to make these transitions easier.
Marriage Concerns While Caring for a Child with...
Having a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes can be hard on a marriage, especially one that was fragile before the diagnosis. The presence of a chronic condition puts additional stress on a couple that can at times seem more than they can handle. Here are four ways you can stay connected to your spouse while you responsibly manage your child’s diabetes.
Using Mindfulness for Diabetes Management
The practice of being mindful has the potential to transform your diabetes management. It is not a difficult concept to understand, but it might require you to be more attentive to certain aspects of your diabetes self-care. But the payoff could be well worth the effort.
Somogyi Effect
The Somogyi Effect may be responsible for confounding high blood glucose readings occur in the morning. Find out if this explains what is happening to you.
Cannula
A cannula is used to deliver insulin to the body through a flexible tube connected to an insulin pump.
Adult Depression Worksheet
Sometimes it is difficult to accurately assess whether you are experiencing depression or the periodic feeling of sadness or discouragement. Here is a brief questionnaire that might help you make that call.
Retinopathy
Retinopathy occurs when the small blood vessels in the retina, which lines the back of the eye, are damaged.
Diabetes Discrimination at School – The...
Diabetes discrimination at school is more common than you might think. There are certain laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that can help parents prevent discrimination against their child and themselves on the job.
Depression and Diabetes
Depression and diabetes can be a difficult combination. Living with diabetes does not “cause” you to have depression but rather makes it more likely that you could experience periods of depression at some point in your life. Learn what the connection is between depression and diabetes and how you accurately assess depression.
Insulin Pump
An insulin pump is an alternative to using the traditional syringe to get insulin. The technology continues to advance making the insulin pump a suitable choice for enhanced glucose management for many but not all.
Benefits of a Diabetes Support Group
Increasing numbers of people are turning to diabetes support groups, both locally and online, to find others that can relate with the difficulties of living with diabetes. Here are just five of the many benefits you might derive from being in a diabetes support group.
Diabetes Burnout Questionnaire
The Diabetes Burnout Questionnaire is a simple tool to help you assess whether you are experiencing diabetes management burnout. It takes only a couple of minutes to get a read on whether you are in or headed for burnout.
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