If you watch television, you probably notice frequent ads for diabetes medications—but, if you have diabetes, how do you know if those medications would work better for you than what you are currently taking? The answer: Discuss all of the medication options with your doctor, who can explain the risks
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Don’t be misled by the “pre” in prediabetes—even though the condition is not yet full-blown diabetes, it’s likely to become so if you ignore it.
Prediabetes and diabetes occur because you have too much glucose (sugar) in your blood. Insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas, helps transport glucose from your
Prediabetes affects approximately 9 percent of Americans and its incidence is on the rise. Fortunately, lifestyle modifications such as exercise and a prediabetes diet can often help people manage prediabetes and prevent them from going on to develop diabetes.
If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes, your healthcare provider will likely
Medications are a must for some people with diabetes, but there are other measures you can take to manage your condition. One of the key parts of managing all types of diabetes and ensuring that treatments are effective is monitoring your blood glucose level.
Many things influence your blood glucose
The process by which blood glucose levels become elevated is the same for prediabetes as it is for type 2 diabetes. Normally, the hormone insulin acts on the cells of your body, moving the glucose in your blood into the cells so that it can be used as energy. In
Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is the name of a group of diseases in which the body is unable to properly utilize blood sugar (glucose) for energy. There are three primary forms of diabetes—type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes—and, in each case, the body is unable
According to the American Diabetes Association, one-quarter of Americans age 65 and older have diabetes. The disease can seriously impact health if it is poorly controlled—in fact, it is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Diabetics are 1.8 times more likely than non-diabetics to be hospitalized for
Many of the same symptoms can be seen in people with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes; however, people with type 1 diabetes tend to have more severe and more sudden-onset symptoms. Conversely, some people with type 2 symptoms may have few or no signs of diabetes, particularly in
Diabetic shock emergencies occur either when your blood glucose level becomes dangerously low (hypoglycemia) or when it becomes dangerously high (hyperglycemia).
Hypoglycemia, or low blood glucose, can occur in diabetics for a variety of reasons. It can be the result of simply having skipped a meal or having exercised too
Insulin is the mainstay of treatment for all type 1 diabetics; some, but not all people with type 2 diabetes or gestational diabetes will require insulin therapy as well. Insulin is a hormone produced by the beta cells found within groups called islets in the pancreas, an organ located deep