October News: Dangerous Diabetes

Diabetes – It’s A Scary Thing

It’s very important to control your diabetes because if you don’t, scary things may happen. You may risk health to your vision, heart, kidneys, nerves and skin. Follow the treatment plan that your doctor gives you especially in regard to medication that you should take. Diabetics must receive the exact amount of medicine at the times their doctor has ordered.

Who Gets Diabetes?

People with diabetes have too much sugar in their blood. This is because their body either does not make enough insulin or the insulin produced is ineffective in controlling blood sugar.

  • People with a family history
  • Obese people
  • Hispanic and African American people
  • People over the age of 45
  • Women who have had gestational diabetes or large babies over 9 pounds at birth
  • People who live sedentary lifestyles

Aim for Better Health

There is no cure for diabetes, but it can be managed. Balancing the food you eat with exercise and medicine (if prescribed). This will help you control your weight and keep your blood glucose in the healthy range. Weight control also helps prevent or delay diabetes complications. Many people with diabetes live long and healthful lives

Day-to-Day Diabetes Care Is Up to YOU

Choose Healthier Foods & Get Active

Focus less on high-starch foods and eat more fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy and whole grains. Combine an improved diet with more activity results in weight loss and leads to better blood sugar levels.

Check Your Blood Glucose

Check your blood glucose as your doctor suggests. If you take insulin or diabetes pills, check your blood glucose before exercise. If it is under 100mg/dl, eat some fruit, crackers or have a glass of milk or juice. Check it again after exercising to learn how your blood glucose reacts to exercise. Bring a snack with you if you are out and moving for several hours.

A blood sugar monitor is used to check blood sugar during the day. Diabetics prick a finger to get a small amount of blood and use the monitor to test their blood sugar levels. The monitor should be cleaned and periodically checked for accuracy.

Check your blood sugar regularly.

Other Things You Can Do!

  1. Take medicine as your doctor has prescribed
  2. Quit smoking
  3. Go to your medical appointments
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