Diabetes: New Treatments - Topic Overview
In recent years,the research into new treatments and cures for diabetes has shown promise. Research also offers hope that diabetes will become easier to monitor and treat,or even that a cure may be found in the near future. But all of these treatments are experimental. Treatment areas currently being explored include: Blood sugar monitoring technologies. Dietary therapies. Insulin ...
Quick Tips: Diabetes and Shift Work - Get Started
Managing diabetes is all about setting a healthy routine of medicine,eating,exercise,and sleep. But when you work night shifts or have changing work shifts,it can seem like there’s nothing at all routine about your life. It’s definitely more of a chore to manage diabetes under such conditions,but it can be done. These tips may help. Get organized Talk to your doctor,diabetes ...
Pancreas Transplant Surgery for Diabetes - Topic Overview
Pancreas transplant surgery is a surgical treatment for people with type 1 diabetes. The person's pancreas is not removed. The transplanted pancreas is placed in the front part of the abdomen. Insulin from the transplanted pancreas is released into the bloodstream through the lower abdominal blood vessels (veins). See a picture of a pancreas transplant. When the surgery is successful,the ...
Diabetes: Steps for Foot-Washing - Topic Overview
Because you have diabetes,you need to wash your feet carefully each day. Post this list of proper foot-washing steps in your bathroom. Wash and dry your feet Use warm (not hot) water. Check the water temperature with your wrists,not your feet. You can soak your feet for about 10 minutes if you want to. Wash all areas of your feet,especially the underside of your toes and between them. ...
Diabetes: How to Give Glucagon - Topic Overview
This information is for people who may need to give a person with diabetes an injection of glucagon during a low blood sugar emergency. If you find someone with diabetes unconscious and suspect low blood sugar,do not take time to check the person's blood sugar level before giving him or her glucagon. You will do no harm by giving him or her glucagon,even if his or her blood sugar level turns ...
Choosing an Insulin Pump - Topic Overview
Most insulin pumps have the same basic features: The ability to program more than one basal rate: for example,a rate for work days,a rate for days off,a rate for working the night shift. The ability to set a temporary basal rate: for example,you can tell your pump to give you less insulin while you go for a jog. Several meal bolus options. (A bolus is an extra amount of insulin.) Basic ...
Diabetes: Travel Tips - Topic Overview
Travel can make it hard to keep your blood sugar within your target range because of changes in time zones,meal schedules,and types of foods available. Check your blood sugar level more often during your time away from home. Whenever you need to see a doctor away from home,let him or her know you have diabetes. And always wear medical identification. In an emergency,medical identification ...
Some medicines for other conditions can lower your blood sugar level or can interfere with whether you develop symptoms of low blood sugar. This is a concern when you have diabetes. Talk with your doctor before taking any new medicine. Medicines that can lower your blood sugar level include: Medicines to reduce fever and relieve pain,such as salicylate medicines like aspirin. Medicines to ...
Diabetes Health Professionals - Topic Overview
Diabetes is a complex,chronic disease that affects many body systems and requires treatment for the rest of your life. Because diabetes affects so many parts of your body,it has the potential to involve many medical specialists. You have a lot to learn about both your disease and how best to manage it. But you do not have to go through this process alone. Health professionals can help you ...
Symptoms of High Blood Sugar - Topic Overview
High blood sugar (hyperglycemia) is most often seen in people who have diabetes that isn't well controlled. The symptoms of high blood sugar can be mild, moderate, or severe.Mild high blood sugarIf your blood sugar levels are consistently 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) to 350 mg/dL, you may have mild symptoms of high blood sugar. You may urinate more than usual if you are drinking plenty of liquids. Some people who have diabetes may not notice any symptoms when their blood sugar level is in this range. The main symptoms of high blood sugar are:Increased thirst. Increased urination.Weight loss. Fatigue.Increased appetite. Young children are unable to recognize symptoms of high blood sugar. Parents need to do a home blood sugar test on their child whenever they suspect high blood sugar. Children have mild high blood sugar when their blood sugar levels are between 200 mg/dL and 240 mg/dL.If you don't drink enough liquids to replace the fluids lost from high blood sugar levels, you