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Online learning resources for diabetes, asthma, hypertension, and nutrition.
Diabetes 101: Learn more about diabetes, managing your blood sugar levels, and your diet.
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Care of Diabetes




New products, such as insulin pumps, offer easier ways for people with diabetes to administer insulin. Other products, yet to be released, can test glucose levels without drawing blood.


In general, the most effective means of preventing the serious complications of diabetes is to keep blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible.

For people with diabetes mellitus type 1 (DM 1), insulin injections are the primary tool used to control glucose levels. These injections are required when blood glucose levels drop below normal — a condition called hypoglycemia. People with diabetes can use self-monitoring devices (such as the fingerstick) to track their glucose levels.

Hypoglycemia can be fatal if it is not recognized and treated. Because of this, it is important that people with diabetes, as well as their family and friends, can recognize and treat a hypoglycemic reaction.

Diabetes mellitus type 2

The primary means of treating type 2 diabetes (DM2) is through diet and exercise. It is important for someone with DM 2 to limit their consumption of simple sugars, except as needed for emergency treatment of hypoglycemia due to an insulin reaction.

Alternative Therapies

Devices to Take Insulin

Medicines for Diabetes

Non-Invasive Glucose Monitors

Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplantation

Questions to Ask Your Doctor

How Much Should I Eat

What Should I Eat

When Should I Eat

 

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Reprinted with permission from the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse


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