Type 1 Diabetes: Living With the Disease - Treatment Overview
If you tightly control your blood sugar
levels, you reduce your risk for long-term complications. But you are also more
likely to have episodes of very low blood sugar. These episodes can be
dangerous unless you treat them early.
Studies are ongoing to find
painless ways for people with diabetes to test their blood sugar and give
themselves insulin, such as through
insulin pumps, improved needles, and inhaled insulin.
Ways to prevent or decrease complications from diabetes also are being studied.
Talk to your doctor if you would like to participate in these diabetes
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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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