High scores for credit ratings, football games, and SATs are all good, but high blood sugar levels are no reason to celebrate. They're a sign of prediabetes. That's when your blood sugar level is higher than normal, but not high enough to mean a diabetes diagnosis. The number of Americans with predi
It takes work to manage your type 2 diabetes. Staying healthy also means making healthy habits in the little things you do every day, including what you eat and how active you are. Start by avoiding these common mistakes.
Your medical team is essential. But you're not in the doctor's office every d
Does the thought of giving yourself an injection make you squeamish? It can take some getting used to, but you may find it's not as bad as you thought it would be. "I always tell patients that having a fear of needles is normal and natural," says Evan Sisson, PharmD, a diabetes educator and assistan
Many people with type 2 diabetes can manage their blood sugar levels with just diabetes pills and lifestyle changes. Others will also need to use injectable diabetes drugs. What's right for you? “The first principle is to make life as easy and therapy as effective as possible,” says Daniel Einhorn,
When Jennifer Auyer's father died at age 64 from complications of type 2 diabetes, she faced a turning point in her own struggle with the disease. Her father's diabetes had led to heart disease, a quadruple bypass, a foot amputation, vision problems, and other serious health problems. "It was a real
Slimming down can help get your blood sugar levels back into the normal range, and in some cases even cut down on or eliminate the need for medication. Easier said than done? Boost your odds of long-term success by following these expert tips.
"Losing weight is more like a marathon than a sprint; yo
Q: My husband has diabetes and says it's OK to drink alcohol. Is that true? A: Alcohol poses several problems for people with diabetes. First, after an initial spike in blood sugar, alcohol causes that level to drop. Because being tipsy causes the same symptoms as low blood sugar (sleepiness and dis
You can have delicious food that meets your needs for managing your type 2 diabetes. You have more options than you may realize. “It all comes down to having the right ingredients on hand for making meals both diabetes-friendly and delicious,” says Jackie Newgent, RD, author of The With or Without M
You watch what you eat because of your diabetes, and you know some of your favorite comfort foods can be a problem. You don't have to give them up if you know how to change them. “Many of my clients are reluctant to part with their highly processed favorites because they don’t think their cravings c
Fruit is not off-limits if you have type 2 diabetes. It has too many good things going for it, such as fiber and nutrients, as well as its natural sweetness. These fruits are good choices. Keep in mind that fruit gives you carbs, and “as with any carbohydrate, it's important to be mindful of serving
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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