Diabetes Self-Management Articles

Controlling diabetes is a balancing act: You want to lower blood glucose levels, but not too much. When you use insulin or certain oral medicines to lower blood glucose levels, sometimes they can dip too low, causing hypoglycemia, a condition that can be dangerous. In this section, you can learn how to recognize the symptoms of hypoglycemia, how to treat it, and how to prevent it in the first place.

Be Aware of Hypoglycemia Unawareness by Karen Kelly, R.N., B.S.N., C.D.E., and Amy Gilliland, R.N., M.S.N., C.D.E.

Anyone whose child uses insulin has no doubt been warned of the dangers of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) and the need to treat it promptly. Mild hypoglycemia can cause a person to feel uncomfortable and can interfere with his normal functioning. Severe…

Blood Glucose Monitoring: When to Check and Why by Rebecca K. Abma

Managing diabetes is one part investigation and two parts action. Unlike some other diseases that rely primarily on professional medical treatment, diabetes treatment requires active participation by the person who has it. Monitoring your blood glucose level on a regular basis and analyzing the results is believed by many to be a crucial part of the treatment equation…

Exorcising the Specter of Nighttime Hypoglycemia by Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE

For millions of people with diabetes who take insulin or medicines that stimulate the pancreas to release more insulin, hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) is an ever-present threat lurking in the shadows. But by understanding the causes of nighttime lows, people with diabetes can apply preventive strategies to minimize their occurrence…

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Hypoglycemia Symptoms by Celia Kirkman, RN, CDE

Hypoglycemia is a common side effect of using insulin, and it can also occur in people who take pills that cause the pancreas to release more insulin. Pills that have this effect include glimepiride (brand name Amaryl), glipizide (Glucotrol, Glucotrol…

Take a Bite Out of Hypoglycemia by Gary Scheiner, MS, CDE

Is it really possible to have too much of a good thing? Take my own “good things” list as an example. I really enjoy eating popcorn at the movies, lying on the beach, and taking my kids to ballgames. Good things, yes, but only in moderation. If left…

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Understanding Hypoglycemia by Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE, and Belinda O’Connell, MS, RD, CDE

When you think about diabetes and blood glucose control, the first thing that comes to mind is probably avoiding high blood glucose levels. After all, the hallmark of diabetes is high blood glucose, or hyperglycemia. But controlling blood glucose is more…

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