Diabetes

What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a condition in which your body is not able to use sugar properly. It leads to abnormally high levels of sugar in your blood. Although many people do not even realize they have diabetes, it can be a deadly disease. For more information, click here.

How do I know if I have diabetes?
You or your doctor can easily determine if you have diabetes by a simple blood sugar test. For more information, click here.

How can I prevent or delay diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes is often due to a lack of regular exercise and a poor diet. Many diabetics could prevent or lessen the severity of diabetes by performing regular exercise and eating a healthy diet. For more information, click here.

How can I treat diabetes?
Many diabetics can be managed with lifestyle modifications (example diet, exercise) and/or oral diabetes medications. However, some will have to inject insulin daily. For more information, click here.
 
What do I need to know about insulin?
Not all insulins are the same. Knowing more about how your insulin works can help you better manage your diabetes, reduce your risk of experiencing side-effects from insulin, and decrease the risk of complications from diabetes. For more information, click here.

How do I test my blood sugar?
You can easily test your blood sugar at home. All diabetics should monitor their blood sugar levels at home one or more times a day, especially if they are prone to low blood sugar. For more information, click here.

What do I do when I have high-blood sugar (hyperglycemia)?
Regularly having high-blood sugar may mean that you need more medications to treat your diabetes. If your blood sugar levels get too high, you could develop a potentially fatal condition called "DKA". For more information, click here.

What do I do when I have low-blood sugar (hypoglycemia)?

Experiencing low-blood sugar may occur if you are using certain oral medication or injectable insulin. Severely low-blood sugar levels represent a medical emergency. For more information, click here.

What do I need to know about diabetes and my blood pressure?

About 3 of every 4 adult diabetics have high blood pressure. The combination of high blood pressure and diabetes greatly increases your risk for a heart attack or stroke. For more information, click here.

What do I need to know about diabetes and my cholesterol?
High cholesterol and diabetes commonly occur together and greatly increase your risk of experiencing a heart attack. For more information, click here.

What do I need to know about diabetes and foot care?
Diabetes is the leading cause of amputations. Knowing how to care for your feet can save them. For more information, click here.

What do I need to know about diabetes and my kidneys?
About 1 in 3 diabetics will eventually develop kidney failure. This can result in you having to have dialysis to "clean" your blood or a kidney transplant; however, most cases of kidney failure can be prevented if diabetes is treated properly. For more information, click here.

What do I need to know about diabetes and my vision?
Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults. It also increases your risk of developing cataracts and glaucoma. For more information, click here.

What do I need to know about diabetes and nerve disease?

About half of all diabetics develop diabetic nerve disease. This can be a very painful and disabling disorder. For more information, click here.

Key tips to consider for managing your diabetes.

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