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Today's Tip: What’s an important step I can take to maintain my blood glucose control while in the hospital?

Should you need to be admitted to the hospital for any reason, ask that a member of your diabetes care team be consulted regarding your treatment to ensure that you maintain the best possible blood glucose control. Keeping your blood glucose levels as close as possible to their target ranges while you are in the hospital can reduce your chance of developing further illness or infection during your stay.

Learn more about managing diabetes in the hospital here.

Yesterday's Tip: What steps should I take when visiting a new doctor?

If you have a history of diabetes and are visiting a physician for the first time, you should have a complete physical exam as well as a discussion about your current blood glucose control, the presence of any diabetes complications and your ongoing diabetes care needs.

Learn more about optimizing your doctor’s visits here.

August 7, 2020: Will my diabetes ever go away?

Diabetes is a chronic condition, meaning that once you are diagnosed, it’s there to stay. But with regular medical care and optimal blood glucose control, you can live a long, healthy life.

Learn more about managing blood glucose here.

August 6, 2020: My doctor has just added insulin to my treatment regimen. Why might this be?

Many people still make a fair amount of insulin when they are first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, so their initial treatment may focus mainly on decreasing insulin resistance. However, a person’s treatment may change over time as his degree of insulin resistance or ability to produce insulin changes.

Learn more about insulin resistance here.

August 5, 2020: My diabetes management has taken a backseat to other areas of my life recently. How can I get back on track?

If something has happened in your life that has affected how you care for your diabetes, let your healthcare provider know. Remember that your healthcare providers are there to help you create a plan that will work for you, not to judge you on your ability to carry out a particular plan.

Learn more about creating a diabetes management plan here.

August 4, 2020: What should I do if my diabetes supplies are too expensive?

Ask your healthcare providers for any money-saving tips they may have, and tell them if you cannot afford the drugs or other products they recommend.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

August 3, 2020: I’m having a difficult time handling my diabetes. What can I do?

If you’re having a rough time, or your feelings are keeping you from caring for yourself or doing the things you enjoy, consider seeking out support from others who have diabetes.

Learn more about maintaining your emotional health here.

August 2, 2020: A healthful eating plan and increased physical activity have not brought my blood glucose under control. What is the next step?

If lifestyle changes alone don’t bring your blood glucose, as well as your blood pressure and blood cholesterol levels, into target range, drug therapy may be necessary.

Learn more about medicines here.

August 1, 2020: How much exercise should I aim to do each week?

Performing at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week and/or at least 90 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise a week is recommended.

Learn more about physical activity here.

July 31, 2020: What percentage of my calories should come from fat?

Fat should make up no more than 30% of your total energy intake, and most of that fat should be monounsaturated or polyunsaturated.

Learn more about eating well with diabetes here.

July 30, 2020: How can I lower my cholesterol level?

Limiting the amount of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol you eat and engaging in an increased amount of physical activity can help to lower your blood cholesterol levels.

Learn more about lowering cholesterol here.

July 29, 2020: How often should my cardiovascular risk factors be checked?

Your cardiovascular risk factors should be assessed by your physician at least once a year.

Learn more about maintaining heart health here.

July 28, 2020: What are some risk factors for cardiovascular disease?

High LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and uncontrolled blood glucose levels all place you at risk for heart disease. Carrying extra weight around your waist also raises your risk of heart disease, and smoking doubles your risk of developing heart disease.

Learn more about heart disease here.

July 27, 2020: I’m starting a new job. What steps can I take to keep my diabetes under control during this transition?

If your new job will mean a big change in your daily schedule or activity level, speak to your doctor before you begin to discuss how and when any changes in your diabetes self-management regimen should be made. If possible, adopt your new schedule before you actually start your new job so you can see what effect, if any, it has on your blood glucose levels.

Learn more about diabetes on the job here.

July 26, 2020: How often should I change the insulin in my pump reservoir?

In most cases, pump users should change the insulin in their pump’s reservoir, as well as their infusion set, every 48 hours. However, Novo Nordisk was approved in 2009 for a labeling change to insulin aspart (brand name NovoLog) that allows people to use the insulin in their pump for up to six days.

Learn more about insulin pumps here.

July 25, 2020: For how long can I use a vial of insulin?

The expiration date on insulin packaging is for unopened, refrigerated vials, disposable pens or pen cartridges. Once opened, most vials of insulin last for 28 days, even if refrigerated, but many pens and pen cartridges are good for only 7, 10 or 14 days (and should not be refrigerated).

Learn more about insulin here.

July 24, 2020: How can I ensure I’m counting carbohydrate accurately?

Working with a registered dietitian can be helpful in fine-tuning your carbohydrate-counting skills. Carefully reading nutrition labels on food products and measuring portions will also help you to meet your carbohydrate goals.

Learn more about counting carbohydrates here.

July 23, 2020: Can stress have an effect on my blood glucose level?

Yes — during periods of stress, the body releases so-called stress hormones, which cause a rise in blood glucose level. If stress becomes chronic, high blood glucose can also become chronic.

Learn more about managing stress here.

July 22, 2020: My blood glucose remains high long after meals. Why might this be?

Meals that are high in fat may contribute to prolonged elevations in blood glucose after eating.

Learn more about hyperglycemia here.

 

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