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  1. Insulin for Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

    Drug details for Insulin for type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

  2. Tracking Devices for Diabetes Patients

    Which types of trackers help people with diabetes monitor their health? Get familiar with various types and features.

  3. Trend Report: High-Tech Glucose Monitoring

    What you need to know about the types of glucometers and how to choose the best one for you.

  4. Gestational Diabetes: Counting Carbs

    Carbohydrate counting is the best way to help control your blood sugar when you have gestational diabetes.Key pointsCarbohydrate counting helps you determine the amount of sugar and starch (carbohydrate) in the foods you eat. This is important because carbohydrate affects your blood sugar more than fats or proteins.Carbohydrate counting involves learning how to spread out the amount of ...

  5. S.M.A.R.T. Weight Loss With Type 2 Diabetes

    How to set S.M.A.R.T. goals for type 2 diabetes.

  6. Insulin for Gestational Diabetes

    Drug details for Insulin for gestational diabetes.

  7. Gestational Diabetes: Safe Exercise - Topic Overview

    Exercise is an important part of treating gestational diabetes. It can help lower your blood sugar level. It also can improve your posture,relieve back pain and other discomforts related to pregnancy,and prepare you for the challenge of childbirth. If you exercise regularly,you may be able to avoid having to take insulin. If you do take insulin,regular exercise may make it possible for ...

  8. Insulin Resistance - Topic Overview

    Insulin resistance refers to the inability of the body tissues to respond properly to insulin. Insulin lets sugar (glucose) enter body cells,where it is used for energy. Insulin also helps muscles,fat,and liver cells store sugar to be released when it is needed. If the body tissues do not respond properly to insulin,the blood sugar level rises. Insulin resistance causes the pancreas to ...

  9. 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 ...

  10. How to Stay Positive With Type 2 Diabetes

    Guilt, self-blame, fatigue, boredom -- all of these can creep in as you take care of type 2 diabetes day after day. Learn how to be kind to yourself and stay positive -- it will help your health in the long run.

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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.

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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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