New to diabetes?

If you are newly diagnosed with diabetes, here are some article with information that may be useful.

 

Diabetes 101

Put simply, diabetes is a condition where your body isn’t able to properly use energy (commonly known as glucose, or sugar) from digested food. To understand how diabetes affects your body, it helps to know how the body processes the food you eat and turns it into energy. [READ MORE] 

 

What is hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)?

The goal of diabetes care is to manage your blood glucose levels so they don’t go too high or too low. A spike in your blood sugar levels either direction can lead to a serious condition that would require immediate attention. When your blood glucose levels fall too low, the condition is called hypoglycemia.  [READ MORE] 

 

What is hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)?

The goal of diabetes care is to manage your blood glucose levels so they don’t go too high or too low. A spike in your blood sugar levels in either direction can lead to a serious condition, which would require immediate attention. When blood sugar levels get too high, the condition is called hyperglycemia. [READ MORE] 

 

What products are used to manage diabetes?

Your diabetes self-management will be determined by your doctor’s treatment plan and recommendations. This is a list of common supplies used for diabetes management.  [READ MORE] 

 

How do you test for blood sugar?

Your diabetes treatment plan based on your doctor’s recommendations will determine how often you need to test your blood glucose levels.  The purpose of blood glucose testing is to make sure that your blood glucose levels are staying within a certain, healthy range. A blood glucose monitoring device can be a useful, day-to-day tool in testing these levels.  [READ MORE] 

 

What is a diabetes logbook?

Monitoring blood glucose levels and recording them in your diabetes logbook is the center of diabetes self-management.  A logbook is a written record of your blood sugar levels that helps you to determine how your body handles food, activity, diabetes medication, stress and illness. Some blood glucose meters include a feature so that you can download your results into a computer program. [READ MORE] 

  

What are diabetes complications?

Diabetes affects your entire body, which is why carefully managing your blood glucose levels every day is so vital to your overall health. Keeping your blood sugar levels within your doctor’s prescribed range and following your treatment plan will go a long way in preventing or delaying the onset of certain diseases that are associated with diabetes.  [READ MORE] 

 

What are insulin pumps?

If you are insulin dependent, insulin pumps may simplify your day-to-day diabetes routine.  Some diabetics find that insulin pumps offer greater flexibility when it comes to controlling blood glucose levels in comparison to multiple, daily injections. With insulin pumps, you don’t need to interrupt what you’re doing to take an injection.  [READ MORE] 

 

Tips on getting an accurate reading using your blood glucose monitoring device

Keep in mind these tips from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to ensure greater accuracy when using your blood glucose meter. [READ MORE] 

 

What is the A1c test?

Daily blood glucose monitoring captures your blood sugar levels at one moment in time. But the A1c test measures your blood glucose average over the past two to three months, making it an invaluable tool for your doctor to see how your diabetes treatment plan is working.  [READ MORE]