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Today's Tip: Why is flossing an important part of my daily dental routine?

Flossing helps clean your teeth, banishes bad breath, and most importantly, can help prevent against tooth loss (which is more common in people with diabetes) by removing bacteria and plaque that lurk between your teeth.

Learn more about dental health here.

February 19, 2020: My blood glucose often spikes after meals. What can I do?

Substituting foods with a lower glycemic index for foods with a higher glycemic index in your diet will help to reduce your after-meal blood glucose spikes.

Learn more about reducing after-meal spikes here.

February 18, 2020: What symptoms indicate that a urinary tract infection has become more serious?

A fever, pain in the back or side below the ribs, nausea, or vomiting along with symptoms of a urinary tract infection may indicate that the infection has reached the kidneys.

Learn more about urinary tract health here.

February 17, 2020: How can I save money on urine ketone strips?

Look for urine ketone strips that are come in individually-wrapped packets, which last longer than those that come packaged together once the package is opened. Since they may be used only sporadically, this can help ensure that they are not wasted.

Learn more about ketones here.

February 16, 2020: What role does vitamin C play in health?

One important role that vitamin C may play is protecting against damage to DNA within cells throughout the body. Good sources of vitamin C include guava, red and green bell peppers, kiwifruit, and oranges.

Learn more about vitamins here.

February 15, 2020: How can I avoid ever having a low blood glucose level?

Avoiding all episodes of hypoglycemia may be impossible for many people, especially since maintaining tight blood glucose control brings with it a higher risk of hypoglycemia. However, although hypoglycemia can, at times, be unpleasant, don’t risk your health by allowing your blood glucose levels to run higher than recommended to avoid it.

Learn more about low blood glucose here.

February 14, 2020: I experience symptoms of hypoglycemia even when my blood glucose levels are in range. Why might this be?

In some cases, people who have had chronically high blood glucose levels may experience symptoms of hypoglycemia when their blood glucose level drops to a more normal range.

Learn more about low blood glucose here.

February 13, 2020: What are some causes of hypoglycemia?

When you take insulin or a drug that increases the amount of insulin in your system, not eating enough food at the times the insulin or drug is working can cause hypoglycemia. Physical activity and exercise lower blood glucose level by increasing insulin sensitivity.

Learn more about hypoglycemia here.

February 12, 2020: What is one of the most important factors my doctor will consider in suggesting a type of ED treatment?

It can be crucial to the treatment of erectile dysfunction to determine whether the cause is mainly physical or psychological; to determine this, your doctor may want to discuss your feelings toward intimacy or to administer a physical test.

Learn more about treating erectile dysfunction here.

February 11, 2020: I have erectile dysfunction. Are there any treatments that can help me?

Yes — over the last few years, several new drug treatments for impotence have been developed; if you decide to seek treatment, the chances of success are now greatly improved.

Learn more about treating erectile dysfunction here.

February 10, 2020: Is there any way I can improve my sexual health?

Yes — getting exercise and controlling blood pressure and blood glucose levels can preserve and even improve sexual function in both men and women.

Learn more about sexual health here.

February 9, 2020: Can diabetes affect a man’s sexual function?

Yes. High blood glucose levels can contribute to the blockage or narrowing of blood vessels, which can restrict blood flow to the penis and cause erectile dysfunction. High blood glucose can also lead to neuropathy, damaging the nerve signals needed for an erection to occur.

Learn more about sexual health here.

February 8, 2020: How can I prevent urinary tract infections?

Drinking plenty of fluids regularly, and urinating regularly, can help prevent urinary tract infections. Additionally, some evidence suggests that consuming cranberry and blueberry juices and vitamin C may help prevent urinary tract infections.

Learn more about urinary tract health here.

February 7, 2020: What are some additional steps I can take for a urinary tract infection?

If you have a urinary tract infection, in addition to your prescribed course of treatment, drink plenty of fluids and avoid caffeine, spicy foods, alcohol, and citrus juices, which can irritate the bladder.

Learn more about urinary tract health here.

February 6, 2020: I think I have a urinary tract infection. What should I do?

If you suspect that you have a urinary tract infection, see your doctor so that he can order a urinalysis and make a diagnosis. Treatment consists of antibiotics; if the kidneys are infected, hospitalization may be required.

Learn more about urinary tract health here.

February 5, 2020: Is diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) a concern if I have type 2 diabetes?

Yes. Although most cases of diabetic ketoacidosis occur in people with type 1 diabetes, it can occur in people with type 2 diabetes, as well.

Learn more about diabetic ketoacidosis here.

February 4, 2020: Is it true that hypertension can affect my sexual health?

Yes, but controlling blood pressure may reduce the severity or prevent the progression of erectile dysfunction and other sexual disorders.

Learn more about sexual health here.

February 3, 2020: Are there any steps I should take when increasing the fiber content of my diet?

Yes — fiber works together with fluid in the digestive system, so make sure to increase your nonalcoholic, noncaffeinated fluid intake along with your fiber intake unless you already drink plenty of fluids.

Learn more about fiber here.

February 2, 2020: When should I check my blood or urine for ketones?

You should test your blood or urine for ketones whenever:

• There is an unexplained rise in your blood sugar, or you have a blood sugar level of more than 250 mg/dl (13.9 mmol/l) for two tests in a row;

• You have symptoms of nausea, vomiting, confusion, or severe fatigue;

• You have any symptoms of ketoacidosis such as increased thirst and urination, stomachache, or dry mouth;

• If you have a flu, infection, or injury;

• When you’re planning to exercise, but your blood sugar is over 250 mg/dl.

• If you are pregnant, check for ketones each morning before breakfast or whenever your glucose goes over 250 mg/dl.

Learn more about ketones here.

 

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