The ABCs of Diabetes

Everyone knows their ABCs, but it’s important to know the ABCs of diabetes, too. Keeping these three things in check can help lower your chances of having a heart attack, stroke, or other diabetes complications. A: A1C The A1C blood test gives you and your doctor a way to measure your average glucose control over the last …

Take Control of Your Diabetes: The 7 Self-Care Behaviors

The American Association of Diabetes Educators created the 7 self-care behaviors to help people better manage their diabetes. While self management is difficult, these steps help break down the process and show clear areas where goals need to be made. 1. Healthy Eating One of the most important steps to take to start better managing your …

Move over, food pyramid! How to eat right with MyPlate

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEFmSk08LIE] We’re faced with a lot of choices every day. Sometimes, the most difficult choice can be what foods you should eat to have a healthy, balanced meal. Many of us grew up with the colorful food pyramid, which educated us on the different food groups. The USDA-created graphic helped us navigate the aisles of …

The Low-Down on Low Blood Sugar: Hypoglycemia 101

So, what’s the deal with hypoglycemia? Not to be confused with hyperglycemia, it’s a condition that occurs when your body has abnormally low blood sugar level (less than 70). According to the American Diabetes Association, it is characterized by the following symptoms: Mild Symptoms: Shakiness Palpitations Sweating Dizziness Fast heartbeat Hunger Blurred vision Decreased concentration …

How to check blood sugar levels–and what the numbers mean

Blood sugar testing is important for people with diabetes, and blood sugar testing keeps diabetes management simple and less painful. It serves as a good indicator of how you are doing on your current management plan while showing you how diet and exercise affect your blood sugar levels. Additionally, having a consistent record of your …

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