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  1. Serving Sizes and Diabetes

    Keeping your serving sizes in check can help keep complications from diabetes at bay. But what is a serving size? Learn more here.

  2. Gloria's Story: Adding Activity to Help Control Blood Sugar - Gloria's story

    Gloria hasn't always been an active person. Until she retired a few years ago,she didn't have time,she says. Her job at the local college as an administrative assistant kept her busy. And after work,she just didn't have enough energy-or interest-to do any exercise. After she retired,there were other things to keep her busy-grandkids,volunteering at the library,and helping her husband,...

  3. Dawn Phenomenon and the Somogyi Effect - Overview

    The dawn phenomenon and the Somogyi effect cause high blood sugar levels, especially in the morning before breakfast, in people with diabetes.

  4. Diabetes: Care of Blood Sugar Test Supplies - Topic Overview

    Take care of your supplies so that you can test your blood sugar safely and get the most accurate blood sugar results. These results will be used to evaluate your treatment for diabetes.Meters. Follow the instructions from the manufacturer about how to care for the meter. All meters can be damaged by being dropped or jarred and by exposure to very hot or very cold temperatures. Some meters need to be cleaned regularly and have their batteries changed periodically.Lancets. Lancets must be thrown away safely after they are used. Do not put lancets into your household wastebasket or trash can; a used lancet might accidentally stick someone. Put your used lancets in a plastic container (such as a small, empty soda pop bottle or laundry detergent bottle) and seal it when it is three-quarters full. Check with your local trash disposal agency about how you need to dispose of lancets. Some agencies have special ways to get rid of this type of waste.Strips. Protect the test strips from

  5. Monitoring Blood Sugar and Avoiding Diabetes Complications

    High blood sugar levels can increase your risk for a host of diabetes complications. Learn about the primary tests available for monitoring your blood sugar levels.

  6. Diabetes Care at Home

    Learn safe and effective strategies for diabetes care at home.

  7. Oral Diabetes Medications

    Learn about oral diabetes medications for treating type 2 diabetes, including side effects.

  8. Men and Type 2 Diabetes

    Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, affecting 90% - 95% of the 12 million men with diabetes. Learn more.

  9. Type 2 Diabetes Screening

    Find out who should be screened for diabetes and how often.

  10. Diabetes and Weight Loss

    Find out how to lose weight -- through diet and exercise -- when living with diabetes.

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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.

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