You may find it difficult to stay motivated to manage your
diabetes appropriately. The following suggestions may
Set goals and provide positive reinforcement
and reward yourself for the things you do right. Use nonfood rewards, such as
clothing, sports equipment, books, a golf trip, or a movie night. Engage in
positive self-talk instead of being negative or critical of yourself.
In every issue of WebMD the Magazine, we ask our experts to answer readers' questions about a wide range of topics. In our January-February 2011 issue, we asked WebMD's diabetes expert, Michael Dansinger, MD, to answer a question about the link between prediabetes and diabetes.
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Look for opportunities to attend meetings or classes where
you can receive new diabetes information or simply receive reinforcement of
concepts that are already familiar to you.
Keep in contact with
your doctors. Let them know if you are having difficulties with
any area of your care, or if something has changed in your health or lifestyle
that may require an adjustment in your diabetes treatment.
Keep things in perspective
Remember that diabetes is
a part of your life, but it does not have to take over your life. Also,
remember you are not alone. Diabetes is very common. About 23.6
million people in the United States have this
Continually remind yourself that
everything you are doing to manage your diabetes appropriately is making a
tremendous difference in the quality of your life now and well into the future.
It may be helpful even to make a list of the health benefits of properly
managing your disease and keep it close at hand. Include things on the list
that are important to you.
Some items you could include might
I feel good because my blood sugars are more
stable. I no longer have uncomfortable highs or lows.
I am reducing the
likelihood that diabetes will interfere with my plans for the future. This lowers my
risk for problems with my heart, eyes, feet, and legs.
I have more
I can think more clearly.
I feel better about
myself, because I am eating healthy foods and/or I have started exercising.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2011). National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 2011. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Available online: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/pdf/ndfs_2011.pdf.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Jennifer Hone, MD - Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
July 1, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 01, 2011
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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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