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By Jennifer Dyer, MD, MPH

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  • Rapid-acting Insulins Created: Monday, March 28, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    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 sug...
  • What are Hormones? Created: Friday, January 09, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 27, 2014
    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.
  • Ketone Testing - Making it Part of Your Diabetes Management Plan Created: Saturday, May 09, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 26, 2014
    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...
  • Low Blood Sugar Awareness Created: Monday, March 22, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    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 sug...
  • Types of Fast- and Short-Acting Insulins Created: Monday, March 28, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    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 ...
  • Hypoglycemia Can Be a Diabetes Emergency Created: Friday, March 13, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    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 ...
  • Proteinuria - Kidney Damage and Diabetes Created: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    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."
  • Glucose Monitoring - Getting Started Created: Thursday, September 25, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    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 t...
  • Hemoglobin and Diabetes Created: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014
    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 aver...
  • What is Type 1 Diabetes? Created: Sunday, July 27, 2008 Updated: Saturday, June 21, 2014
    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...
  • Sugar Alcohols and How They Might Fit Into Your Diabetes Meal Plan Created: Sunday, July 19, 2009 Updated: Friday, June 20, 2014
    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 c...
  • Postprandial Created: Monday, May 02, 2011 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    Postprandial is a term that is important to understand because it relates to how your blood sugar fluctuates after a meal.
  • Glycemic Index Created: Saturday, June 06, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    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 m...
  • Disability Laws and Type 1 Diabetes Created: Friday, September 18, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    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 cate...
  • Blood Sugar and Ketone Meters Created: Friday, May 27, 2011 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    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...
  • Diabetes Travel Kit - Being Prepared for Emergencies Created: Friday, April 03, 2009 Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014
    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 emphasiz...
  • Portion Control Using the Plate Method Created: Thursday, May 28, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
    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 d...
  • What is prediabetes? Created: Thursday, March 03, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    What is prediabetes? Learn about the condition -- and what tests doctors use to diagnose it -- here.
  • Insulin Therapy - The Basics Created: Thursday, September 25, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
    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 s...
  • Types of Insulin Created: Monday, March 28, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 16, 2014
    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 insu...
  • Glomerular Filtration Rate Created: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 Updated: Friday, June 13, 2014
    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 com...
  • A1c Home Test Kits Created: Monday, March 08, 2010 Updated: Thursday, June 12, 2014
    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 l...
  • Alternate Blood Sugar Testing Sites Created: Monday, March 08, 2010 Updated: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
    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, uppe...
  • Managing Sick Days With Type 1 Created: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    Managing sick days with type 1 diabetes is anything but routine. Learn the precautions to take when your child is sick to keep his or her blood glucose under control." itemif expr="$zTP='t3'" --> i...
  • What is Diabetes Mellitus? Created: Monday, May 02, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    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
  • Alcohol and Diabetes Created: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    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 t...
  • Free Foods - Diabetes Exchange Lists Created: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    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 n...
  • What is the Pancreas? Created: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    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.
  • Insulin Analog Created: Monday, March 28, 2011 Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
    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.
  • Common Diabetes Skin Conditions Created: Thursday, December 22, 2011 Updated: Monday, June 09, 2014
    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. Her...
  • Insulin Injection Site Rotation - 5 Tips for Insulin Injection Site Rotation Created: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
    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.
  • Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes Created: Sunday, July 27, 2008 Updated: Wednesday, June 04, 2014
    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 serio...

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