Some people-especially children, teenagers, and young adults-are not diagnosed with
type 1 diabetes until they are admitted to a hospital
diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA). This life-threatening
condition occurs when ketones, or fatty acids, are produced as the body burns
fat and muscle instead of glucose for fuel. DKA develops in people who have
type 1 diabetes (and some people who have
type 2 diabetes) when their blood sugar is very
During hospitalization, people with DKA are watched
closely and receive tests to measure the levels of
electrolytes and sugar (glucose) in their
Diabetes and weight loss: It is the yin and yang of optimal health. There's no question about it. If you're overweight and have type 2 diabetes, dropping pounds lowers your blood sugar, improves your health, and helps you feel better.
But before you start a weight loss plan, it's important to work closely with your doctor or diabetes educator -- because while you're losing weight, your blood sugar, insulin, and medications need special attention.
Make no mistake -- you're on the right path. "No...
Screening for type 1 diabetes is not recommended
by the American Diabetes Association. Such screening would include testing
islet cell antibodies. This test can show if a person
is more likely to get type 1 diabetes.
People who are found to
have islet cell antibodies may be able to participate in studies about
preventing type 1 diabetes. These people need to be referred to a medical
center conducting a type 1 diabetes prevention study.3
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September 14, 2010
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Your level is currently
If the level is below 70 and you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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