Understanding Diabetes

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Getting Screened for Prediabetes

The American Diabetes Association recommends that physicians screen their patients for prediabetes starting at age 45. As long as a screening is normal, you should repeat it at three-year intervals. Screening [more…]

Blood Test Results That Identify Prediabetes

Prediabetes is a silent condition: You likely will not experience any symptoms from it. But allowing prediabetes to develop into diabetes will most definitely lead to symptoms, which is exactly what you [more…]

Prediabetes Testing beyond the Blood Glucose

If you’re at risk for prediabetes, you should have several tests and measurements done in addition to having your blood glucose checked. These measurements can provide a baseline against which you and [more…]

How to Prevent and Reverse Prediabetes through Lifestyle Changes

If you get a diagnosis of prediabetes, you need to act immediately to take better control of your health. One of the key ways to prevent full-on diabetes is to get your weight under control. Here are some [more…]

Figure Your Ideal Weight, BMI, and Kilocalorie Intake

If you're diabetic, you should understand that your body weight, body mass index (BMI), and kilocalorie intake affect the way you manage your diabetes. So take the following steps to calculate your ideal [more…]

Diabetes Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When you have diabetes, you need to monitor your health closely — including what you eat, how much you eat, and how much you should eat. Managing diabetes means knowing your ideal weight, body mass index [more…]

Individuals at Increased Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

People belonging to the following groups should talk to their general practitioner about the possibility of testing for type 2 diabetes and about lifestyle changes that can help to prevent the development [more…]

Appropriate Standards for Continuing Diabetes Care

It is important to be aware and keep track of the various visits and checks that will occur in order to ensure the correct standard of your diabetes care. Print out and pin up the following guidelines [more…]

Best Diabetes Websites for Australians

Sometimes the free advice you find on the Internet is worth no more than what you pay for it. However, finding reputable, valuable Australian diabetes resources online is possible. Here’s a list of trusted [more…]

Australian Guidelines for Testing for Diabetes

These guidelines were developed buy the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Diabetes Australia (including the Australian Diabetes Society) to screen for diabetes at the earliest possible [more…]

American Diabetes Month Focuses on Management and Prevention

Every November, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other health care organizations mark American Diabetes Month. It is a time to focus not only on awareness but on prevention and management of [more…]

Diabetes Screening Guidelines in Canada

The Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) recommends that you be tested for type 2 diabetes every three years when you reach 40 years of age, and more frequently and/or earlier if you have one or more of [more…]

Target Test Results for Canadians with Diabetes

Monitoring your blood glucose levels day-to-day is critical in order to properly manage your diabetes. The Canadian Diabetes Association guidelines recommend that most adults with type 1 or type 2 diabetes [more…]

Recommended Diabetes Testing Schedule for Canadians

For you and your health care team to know whether your diabetes treatment plan is effective, you will need to undertake regular testing. The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends the following testing [more…]

Ten Ways to Prevent Diabetes Complications

More than two-thirds of diabetes complications are avoidable when you undertake effective measures to keep your diabetes under control. Stay healthy and lead a full and active life by following these tips [more…]

Diabetes For Canadians For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Early diabetes detection is far and away the best way to limit any damage to your health. Canadians who think they might have diabetes, or are at risk of developing the disease, should closely follow the [more…]

Detecting Diabetes

When prediabetes becomes diabetes, the body's blood glucose level registers even higher. The following sections discuss the evidence for diabetes and the symptoms you may experience with diabetes. [more…]

Recognizing Other Types of Diabetes

Cases of diabetes other than type 1 and type 2 are rare and usually don't cause severe diabetes in the people who have them. But occasionally one of these other types is responsible for a more severe case [more…]

How to Manage the Causes of Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia results from elevated amounts of insulin driving down your blood glucose to low levels, but an extra high dose of insulin or sulfonylurea medication isn't always the culprit. Your blood glucose [more…]

Kidney Disease and Diabetes

Your kidneys rid your body of many harmful chemicals and other compounds produced during the process of normal metabolism. Your kidneys act like a filter through which your blood pours, trapping the waste [more…]

Recognizing Diets That Don't Work When Managing Diabetes

For the overweight person with type 2 diabetes, any diet that causes some weight loss helps for a time. But you have to ask yourself these questions: [more…]

Traveling with Diabetes

Whether you travel for your job or for pleasure, if you need insulin injections for diabetes treatment and must carry syringes and needles, you have to follow the rules of the Transportation Security Administration [more…]

Navigating the Health-Insurance System When You Have Diabetes

As a person with diabetes, you can get insurance for your medical care several ways. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) has made it possible for many people who didn't [more…]

Diabetes Treatment Approaches to Consider for Elderly People

When deciding on treatment for an elderly patient with diabetes, you first have to consider the individual. Does this person have a low life expectancy? Or is this person physiologically young, with the [more…]

Diagnosing Diabetes in the Elderly

The incidence of diabetes in the elderly (which is almost always type 2 diabetes) is higher for many reasons, but the main culprit seems to be increasing insulin resistance with aging. Half of the elderly [more…]


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