April 26, 2023: What is “perimenopause”?

Perimenopause is a term used to describe the transition period that women go through from their reproductive years to menopause.

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April 25, 2023: What causes menopause?

Natural menopause is the result of the cessation of both ovulation and associated hormone (estrogen and progesterone) production.

Learn more about menopause.

April 24, 2023: I’ve just been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Will it go away?

In most cases, gestational diabetes disappears after delivery, but women who have had it have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes later in life.

Learn more about gestational diabetes.

April 23, 2023: Roughly how many calories a day will nursing my baby require?

Providing breast milk for one baby burns, on average, about 500 calories per day.

Learn more about diabetes and pregnancy.

April 22, 2023: Is it OK to use insulin while I’m breastfeeding?

Yes — insulin is considered safe to take when pregnant or breast-feeding, and there have been no reported cases of adverse effects in babies. Diabetes pills, however, are not recommended for women who are breast-feeding.

Learn more about diabetes and pregnancy.

April 21, 2023: Can I breastfeed my child if I have diabetes?

Yes — while having diabetes can make breast-feeding more challenging, it is not considered a medical reason not to breast-feed.

Learn more about diabetes and pregnancy.

April 20, 2023: How might labor affect my blood glucose levels?

While labor leading to a vaginal delivery may lower a woman’s blood glucose level, a cesarean section can be stressful to the body and may raise the blood glucose level.

Learn more about pregnancy and diabetes.

April 19, 2023: How much should I eat while I’m pregnant?

The calorie needs for pregnancy range from 2,400 to 2,800 calories per day for most physically active pregnant women.

Learn more about pregnancy and diabetes.

April 18, 2023: How frequently should I check my blood glucose while I’m pregnant?

To keep tabs on increasing insulin requirements during pregnancy and facilitate adjustments, blood glucose self-monitoring should be done seven to 10 times daily.

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April 17, 2023: My insulin requirements have changed since I became pregnant. Why might this be?

The normal hormone production and weight gain that occur during pregnancy increase insulin resistance, causing a woman’s insulin needs to change during this time.

Learn more about pregnancy and diabetes.

April 16, 2023: What steps can you take to help make your home fall-proof?

Tacking down rugs, cleaning up clutter, and putting nonslip mats in your shower and by your bathroom and kitchen sinks can help reduce the likelihood of falling at home.

Get more tips for preventing falls.

April 15, 2023: What should I do if I’m experiencing symptoms of low blood glucose?

When you have symptoms of low blood glucose (hypoglycemia), use your meter to confirm them (if available), then limit yourself to consuming 15 to 30 grams of carbohydrate to treat the low.

Learn more about treating low blood sugar.

April 14, 2023: Should you adjust your insulin dose when you exercise?

Maybe. If you take insulin and regularly need to eat before or during exercise to prevent or treat low blood sugar, speak to your doctor or diabetes educator about lowering your insulin doses on days you exercise.

Learn more about exercising with insulin.

April 13, 2023: My insurance only covers a few test strips each day. How can I use them most effectively?

If you must use a limited number of test strips because of their cost, try to use them in a way that lets you see a pattern in your blood glucose readings (e.g., random pairs or burst testing).

April 12, 2023: How can I avoid low blood glucose (hypoglycemia)?

To avoid hypoglycemia, try to have no more than 10% of your blood glucose readings before meals or at bedtime below 70 mg/dl (80 mg/dl for very young children).

Learn more about hypoglycemia.

April 11, 2023: I recently had a severe case of low blood glucose. What should I do?

Following any episode of severe hypoglycemia (one that results in seizure, loss of consciousness, or unresponsiveness), greater attention to blood glucose control and possibly a change in therapy are in order.

Learn more about hypoglycemia.

April 10, 2023: What nutrient has the biggest effect on blood glucose?

Carbohydrate has the most profound effect on blood glucose levels. Monitor your carbohydrate intake and use this information to calculate your insulin and/or oral medicine doses.

Learn more about counting carbohydrates.

April 9, 2023: How might drinking alcohol affect my blood glucose level?

Alcohol may cause blood glucose to drop several hours after it is consumed, even though it may raise blood glucose at first if the drink is carbohydrate-rich. Adjust your medicine and/or carbohydrate intake based on this effect.

April 8, 2023: What should you do if you have hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) symptoms when you don’t have your meter?

For most people with diabetes, a blood glucose level of 70 mg/dl or less is considered low, and treatment is recommended to prevent it from dropping even lower. If you have symptoms of hypoglycemia and do not have your blood glucose meter available, treatment is recommended.

Learn more about treating hypoglycemia.

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