In this section, you’ll find basic and useful information on blood glucose monitoring, meal planning, medicines, exercise, and beyond. If you’re newly diagnosed and are just beginning to learn about diabetes, these articles can help you get started.
If you care for a child who has diabetes, this section can help you navigate his or her diabetes care. Whether you’re looking for information on insulin pumps, diabetes camps, making injections easier, dealing with hypoglycemia, or other issues, these articles can help.
The incidence of diabetes is on the rise in the United States and worldwide. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 50% increase in the prevalence of diabetes from 1997 to 2004. Find out about the different types of diabetes and what you can do to prevent certain types.
If you have diabetes, you know that managing it isn’t cheap. The articles in this section can help you become a savvy health-care consumer, whether you¹re shopping for insurance, trying to stick to a food budget, or looking for help dealing with your health-care-related expenses.
Diabetes treatment has changed considerably over the years with the development of new medical technologies. From talking meters to continuous glucose monitors, learn about some of the recent innovations and find out how they can help you achieve better control.
Keeping your blood glucose levels in a healthy range may require monitoring several times a day. Articles in this section discuss how often to check your blood glucose, how to do it properly, and how to interpret the numbers. You’ll also find tips for getting accurate results from your meter, and keeping records of your readings.
Over time, high blood glucose can have harmful effects on the body, leading to complications such as neuropathy (nerve damage), nephropathy (kidney disease), and retinopathy (eye disease). Read the articles below to learn about how to prevent and treat these — and other — complications of diabetes.
Diabetes can take its toll on your emotional well-being, while stress and negative emotions can take their toll on blood glucose control. Find tips on managing stress, dealing with depression, and finding support groups.
Staying healthy is about more than just diabetes management. In this section, you’ll find answers to common general health questions. Want to know how to improve your sleep? How diabetes can affect your skin or hearing? It’s all here.
We all know there are lots of other people out there with diabetes, but who are those people? How do they deal with their diabetes? What challenges have they faced and how? Get to know others and read their stories.
The goal in treating diabetes is to minimize elevation of blood sugar without causing abnormally low levels of blood sugar. Learn about the treatments for diabetes including: medications, insulin, insulin pumps and pens, medications and diabetic diet.
There are some diabetes-related issues that are unique to women. Changes in hormone levels throughout the menstrual cycle can affect blood glucose levels. Pregnancy can also affect blood glucose levels, and high blood glucose levels can affect a pregnancy. This section deals with women’s concerns, from reproductive health to staying healthy in your golden years.
Exercise has many benefits, the articles in this section show you ways to make physical activity a part of your daily routine. They also give practical tips for staying motivated, exercising with an insulin pump, and preventing hypoglycemia and other problems.
Losing 5% to 10% of body weight can allow your body to use insulin more effectively, thereby improving blood glucose control. In this section, you can read about weight-loss techniques that work, as well as the pros and cons of weight-loss surgery and meal replacements.