Type 1 Diabetes: Living With the Disease - Other Treatment
You will hear about products
that promise a "cure" for
type 1 diabetes. Avoid them. No such cure exists. Also
avoid products for treating diabetes that are advertised only by testimonials
from satisfied customers. These products or remedies may be harmful and costly.
They also might cause you to delay or avoid getting other forms of treatment
that have been proved to work. If you have questions about a product for
diabetes, check with your local American Diabetes Association office, your
doctor, or a
Other types of treatment
for diabetes are provided by therapists or others who do not operate within
mainstream medical practice. Their unconventional approaches may be attractive,
particularly if you are not having much success with conventional medical
treatments. None of these complementary therapies are proved to effectively
If you have diabetes, your doctor may have been telling you for ages: You need to exercise more. Physical activity helps control blood sugar and cuts your risk of heart problems and other diabetes complications. But knowing that you're supposed to exercise doesn't make it easier to do it.
On top of the problems that everybody has sticking to an exercise plan -- busy schedules, families, work -- diabetes itself creates barriers to staying fit. Diabetes complications such as nerve damage, foot problems,...
But you may benefit from safe, nontraditional
therapies that complement conventional medical treatment for your disease.
Complementary therapies, such as acupuncture, massage, or biofeedback, for
instance, may help reduce stress, relieve muscle tension, and improve your
overall well-being and quality of life.
You should not use
complementary therapies alone to treat your diabetes.
your doctor if you are using the following or other complementary or
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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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