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You may not notice early signs of diabetes. The picture lists the most common signs to watch for. If you notice these or other signs, speak to your healthcare team.

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Get to know diabetes, how it affects your body, and how type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) differ. This will help you manage diabetes so that you get your blood glucose to goal.

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Hypoglycemia or low blood glucose is when blood glucose (sugar) drops below 70 mg/dL. How you feel when you are low may vary. Watch for these common ones.

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Managing stress and your diabetes can feel overwhelming. Stress can increase your blood glucose levels, which increases your risk for complications. Here are some suggestions to taking control of your stress.

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Common signs that your stress is affecting your diabetes control could be forgetting to take your medication on time or at all, and overeating or not eating enough.

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Knowing about type 1 diabetes (T1D) and type 2 diabetes (T2D) and how they differ helps people at risk for diabetes and their healthcare team know when and how to check for diabetes, understand how to manage it, stay healthy and lower the risk of diabetes problems.

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Planning to travel this holiday season? Here are some tips and suggestions for how to travel safely and enjoy a stress-free trip.

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Packing for a trip? Packing your bags takes a small amount of extra preparation to enjoy a fun and safe trip. Use this helpful list to make sure you have all the essential items you need throughout your trip.

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Do Some Prep Work!
It’s easy to give in to temptation when you’re dining with friends. Before you go, look up the restaurant’s menu online, and choose a dish that fits with your diabetes meal plan. You also can call ahead of time to ask questions and make requests. Some chefs will prepare a special meal. 

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Having diabetes shouldn’t stop you from enjoying dining out at a restaurant. The important thing is to keep an eye on your blood sugar and how it’s being affected. Check out our information on what to bring when dining out when taking insulin.

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Making wise and healthy food choices will help you manage your blood glucose levels and lose weight if needed. A best choice is a food that is better for you than other foods in the same group. Best choices are lower in saturated fat, trans fat, added sugar and sodium than similar foods.

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It's all about pushing limits, setting new goals, and becoming the best version of ourselves! Gym essentials packed and ready to go! Here’s a list of your gym bag must-haves.

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Planning an escape to the beach? You don’t want anything to get in the way of a day enjoying the sand and sun. To make sure you have a perfect beach getaway, here’s a closer look at some things to do and items to bring that will help you have the best experience while managing your diabetes.

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Early detection and proper care are key in avoiding complications. If you notice any concerning symptoms, don't hesitate to consult your healthcare provider. Stay safe and take care of your feet.

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Managing diabetes during the summer months requires some additional considerations due to the potential impact of heat, increased physical activity, and changes in routine. Here are some tips to help you manage your diabetes effectively during this season.

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Once pregnant, it is key for women with diabetes to keep their blood glucose (sugar) levels at goal. High blood glucose (sugar) levels when pregnant can harm the mother and baby. Pregnant women with diabetes have different blood glucose (sugar) goals from women who are not pregnant.

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The plate method is a simple and practical way to plan balanced meals for individuals with diabetes. It helps ensure that your meals contain a variety of nutrients and are portioned appropriately.

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Insulin loses some effectiveness when exposed to extreme temperatures. The longer the exposure to extreme temperatures, the less effective the insulin becomes. This can result in loss of blood glucose control over time. Keep insulin away from direct heat and out of direct sunlight. Follow these tips to ensure effective insulin storage.

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Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a serious and potentially life-threatening complication of diabetes, most commonly associated with type 1 diabetes. It occurs when there is a severe shortage of insulin in the body, leading to a buildup of ketones (acidic byproducts of fat breakdown) in the blood.

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Ketones are chemical compounds produced by the liver when there is a shortage of insulin or when the body cannot effectively use glucose as an energy source. They are byproducts of the breakdown of fatty acids in the liver.

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Checking your blood glucose levels regularly is a crucial component of lowering your A1C and effectively managing diabetes. Remember to discuss your blood glucose testing schedule and target ranges with your healthcare team. They can provide personalized guidance and help you interpret the results to make appropriate adjustments to your diabetes management plan.

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Lowering your A1C (a measure of average blood sugar levels over the past 2-3 months) is an important goal in diabetes management. In addition to lifestyle modifications, medications may be prescribed to help achieve and maintain target A1C levels.

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Creating a healthy meal plan is an essential component of lowering your A1C and managing diabetes. Here are some tips to help you develop a balanced and diabetes-friendly meal plan.

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Diabetes treatment includes lifestyle changes such as healthy meals and more activity, taking medicine, and, in some cases, insulin treatment. Treatment plans will depend on the type of diabetes you have, your lifestyle, and ideas from your healthcare team. This quick guide provides some common ways to manage diabetes.

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Low blood glucose (sugar) or hypoglycemia, happens when you take more diabetes medicine than you need, don’t eat enough food or are more active than usual. Talk to your healthcare team about how you can prevent low blood glucose.

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Hyperglycemia, or high blood glucose (sugar), can happen when you have diabetes. Learn some causes of high blood glucose and ways you can lower your risk.

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When you have low blood glucose (sugar) or hypoglycemia, eat 15 grams of fast-acting carbs to raise your blood glucose (sugar) to above 70 mg/dL. Here are some 15-gram fast acting carbs ideas you can try.

 

 

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Signs that you have hyperglycemia, or high blood glucose (sugar) depend on how high your blood glucose is and how long it has been high. Learn the signs to look for so that you can take action.

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Hyperglycemia or high blood glucose (sugar) can cause health problems if you don’t lower your glucose. Here are some of the problems you can have if you don’t treat high blood glucose and reach your glucose goals.

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