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  1. Low Blood Sugar: Emergency Care - Topic Overview

    This information is for people who may help you if you are too weak or confused to treat your own low blood sugar from diabetes or some other health condition that can cause low blood sugar. Make a copy for your partner, coworkers, and friends. If your child has diabetes, you need to provide a copy for teachers, coaches, and other school staff.If the person has type 2 diabetes and is taking medicine that can continue to cause low blood sugar, stay with the person for a few hours after his or her blood sugar level has returned to the target range.Make sure the person can swallow.Lift the person's head so that it will be easier for the person to swallow.Give the person ½ teaspoon of water to swallow.If the person can swallow the water without choking or coughing:Give him or her 4 fl oz (118 mL) to 6 fl oz (177 mL) of liquid (juice or soda pop) from the list of quick-sugar foods.Wait 10 to 15 minutes.If a home blood sugar meter is available, check the person's blood sugar level.Offer

  2. Diabetes: Staying Motivated - Topic Overview

    You may find it difficult to stay motivated to manage your diabetes appropriately. The following suggestions may help.Set goals and provide positive reinforcementPraise and reward yourself for the things you do right. Use nonfood rewards, such as clothing, sports equipment, books, a golf trip, or a movie night. Engage in positive self-talk instead of being negative or critical of yourself. Set short-term goals for healthy eating habits and exercise.Seek supportSurround yourself with people who encourage and motivate you. Sources of support may include:Health professionals. Friends. Family. An exercise buddy or program. An organized diabetes support group.Look for opportunities to attend meetings or classes where you can receive new diabetes information or simply receive reinforcement of concepts that are already familiar to you. Keep in contact with your doctors. Let them know if you are having difficulties with any area of your care, or if something has changed in your health or

  3. Diabetes: Using a Plate Format to Plan Meals

    A plate format is a simple way to plan a balanced diet. It helps people with diabetes see how much space each food should take on a plate. Anyone can use the plate format to maintain a healthful diet and to decrease the chances of having heart disease and other conditions.Key pointsUsing a plate format will help you spread carbohydrate throughout the day, which will help keep your blood sugar ...

  4. Home Blood Glucose Test

    A home blood glucose test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood at the time of testing. The test can be done at home or anywhere, using a small portable machine called a blood glucose meter.

  5. Gestational Diabetes: Checking Your Blood Sugar

    If you have gestational diabetes, you need to know when your blood sugar level is outside the safe range. Fortunately, you can see what your blood sugar level is anywhere and anytime by using a home blood sugar meter. Within a minute or two, you can know what your blood sugar level is.Key pointsKnowing your blood sugar level helps you treat low or high blood sugar before it becomes an ...

  6. Diabetes: Living With an Insulin Pump

    More and more people with diabetes are using insulin pumps instead of daily shots to manage their disease. The pumps give them more freedom to eat,sleep,and exercise when they want.

  7. Diabetic Nephropathy - Topic Overview

    Diabetic nephropathy is a complication of diabetes that is caused by uncontrolled high blood sugar.

  8. Type 2 Diabetes - Treatment Overview

    It can be scary to learn that you, your child, a family member, or a friend has type 2 diabetes or is at risk for the disease. Many people are shocked when they find out that they have type 2 diabetes. Others are relieved to know what has been causing their symptoms. Although it is normal to feel angry or depressed about having a serious lifelong disease, it is important to remember that many ...

  9. Diabetic Nephropathy - Exams and Tests

    Diabetic nephropathy is diagnosed using tests that check for a protein called albumin in the urine, which is an indicator of kidney damage.

  10. Diabetic Nephropathy - Health Tools

    Use these diabetic nephropathy health tools to help make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.

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