Is Your Diabetes Under Control?
If you have
diabetes, tight control is important. Why? Diabetes is a
chronic illness (meaning it can't be cured). That's why it
must be managed- or tightly controlled- to minimize the
disease's harmful effects on your body. How well are you doing?
- I follow my diabetes food plan.
- Every day
- Most days
- What food plan?
- I check my feet for cuts and sores.
- Very often
- Only when my doctor reminds me
- I exercise.
- Regularly, checking my
blood sugar levels before and after
- I prefer spectator sports
- I check my blood sugar levels.
- Per my doctor's instructions
- When I feel like it
- I rarely remember
- Follow your diabetes food plan. If you don't have one,
ask your doctor about seeing a dietitian /
nutritionist who specializes in diabetes.
- Check your feet every day and maintain proper foot
care, including nails and skin care. Check for cuts, blisters, red spots and
- Get 30-60 minutes of activity on most days of the
week. Before changing your level of routine physical activity, check with your
- Check your
blood glucose the way your doctor tells you to. High
blood sugar can make you feel thirsty and tired, cause
blurry vision or make you urinate often.
Low blood sugar can make you feel weak, tired, confused
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
- What dietary and
fitness changes do I need to make?
- What other doctors and medical professionals should I
see? How often?
- Will I need to inject
insulin or take medications?
- How do I avoid complications with my diabetes?
Did You Know?
- Type 1 diabetes means the body cannot make insulin
because the immune system destroys the cells that make it. People with type 1
diabetes must take insulin every day.
- Type 2 diabetes means the body may make too much
insulin but does not use insulin well. This is the most common form of
diabetes. People with type 2 often need to take insulin or pills that help
insulin work better.
- Click on the following links to learn the full
diabetes-related definitions: Hemoglobin A1c test,
Retinopathy, Nephropathy, Neuropathy
Know Your Numbers
According to the American Diabetes Association, blood sugar
levels should be:
- between 80 and 120 before meals
- between 100 and 140 at bedtime
These numbers are for blood glucose readings from monitors
that read whole blood.
For more, please read the
WebMD the Magazine - September/October 2005
Last Editorial Review: 10/31/2005
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