March 15, 2010 -- A common pain reliever may help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels. A preliminary study shows salsalate reduced blood sugar levels and helped with glycemic control at a variety of doses in people with type 2 diabetes. However, it also has been shown to inc
March 15, 2010 (Atlanta) -- Lowering blood pressure and blood fat levels to below current guidelines did not bring down higher risks of heart problems for diabetes patients, according to new results from a landmark federal study. But for individual people with diabetes, the findings brought some goo
March 3, 2010 - You don't have to fast before taking the newly recommended A1c test to screen for diabetes -- and it spots early diabetes and heart disease better than the older test, researchers find. Late last year, the American Diabetes Association recommended using the A1c test to screen for dia
March 2, 2010 -- People with prediabetes aren't taking simple precautions that could prevent the potentially deadly disease of type 2 diabetes from taking hold. A new study shows nearly 30% of all adults in the U.S. have prediabetes, yet more than 90% aren't aware of it. Moreover, only about half of
Feb. 16, 2010 -- The dead fish smell of a popular diabetes drug may cause some people to discontinue its use. Metformin, an oral drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes, generally has few serious side effects, but gastrointestinal upset and nausea are common. Although these effects have been wel
Feb. 4, 2010 - It has been called the Holy Grail of treatment for insulin-dependent diabetes, and it may be close to reality. For decades, researchers have searched unsuccessfully for ways to automatically coordinate insulin delivery with real-time changes in blood sugar to essentially create an art
Jan. 26, 2010 -- The FDA has approved Victoza (liraglutide), a once-daily injection to treat type 2 diabetes in adults. Victoza is intended to help lower blood sugar levels along with diet, exercise, and selected other diabetes medicines. It isn't recommended as the first therapy patients try if the
Jan. 26, 2010 -- More than half of the people prescribed insulin injections to control their diabetes have skipped their injections in the past, and one in five do so sometimes or often, according to a new study. But the reasons behind skipped insulin injections may vary according to the type of dia
Jan. 15, 2010 -- Untreated obstructive sleep apnea may affect the health of people with type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. Obstructive sleep apnea is a treatable disorder that results in episodes of stopped breathing due to blockages in the airway during sleep. The sleeping disorder may adversely a
Healthy cooking and snacking means having the right foods on hand. Whether you're preparing the evening's dinner, fixing a brown-bag lunch, or grabbing breakfast, you can stick with your diabetes meal plan if the right foods are in the pantry or fridge. "I believe in leading people toward smart fats
Get the latest Diabetes newsletter delivered to your inbox!
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.
Thank you for signing up for the WebMD Diabetes Newsletter!
You'll find tips and tricks as well as the latest news and research on Diabetes.
Did You Know Your Lifestyle Choices
Affect Your Blood Sugar?
Use the Blood Glucose Tracker to monitor
how well you manage your blood sugar over time.