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Insulin Storage and Safety

Insulin Storage and Safety

Although manufacturers recommend storing insulin in the refrigerator, injecting cold insulin can sometimes be painful. To prevent this, it’s advisable …

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Final Recommendations About Exercising

Final Recommendations About Exercising

Remember that exercising is very beneficial and fun. Exercising is an activity that can be done calmly and safely, as …

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Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes

If you notice one or more of these symptoms concurrently, you should see your doctor; he or she could determine, …

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Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes

If you notice one or more of these symptoms concurrently, you should visit your doctor, and through a simple test …

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How to reduce the risk of Atherosclerosis?

How to reduce the risk of Atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis is a disease associated with the unhealthy lifestyle we live nowadays. This in turn triggers additional risk factors that …

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Atherosclerosis: Symptoms and what we can do to prevent it

Atherosclerosis: Symptoms and what we can do to prevent it

Usually, Atherosclerosis shows no symptoms until blood flow is affected, slows down or begins to clog. Getting a physical examination …

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How do atherosclerotic plaques form and what happen if they progress?

How do atherosclerotic plaques form and what happen if they progress?

The endothelium, through nitric oxide irrigation, is responsible for maintaining vascular tone and integrity of the arterial walls and blood …

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Scientific and Technological Progress in Diabetes

Scientific and Technological Progress in Diabetes

Diabetes, when not under control, can cause irreversible damage to the body. Fortunately, this doesn’t have to occur, as people …

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The importance of having normal Hemoglobin A1c levels

The importance of having normal Hemoglobin A1c levels

Remember that the Glycated Hemoglobin A1c test tells us our average blood glucose (glycemia) levels, that is, it gives us …

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Checking Nutrition Labels

Checking Nutrition Labels

It’s very important to carefully check all the labels on the packaging of the foods we want to eat. This …

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What are oral hypoglycemic agents?

What are oral hypoglycemic agents?

Oral hypoglycemic agents are pills used to reduce blood glucose levels, but they are not insulin pills. Insulin is a …

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How should Diabetes be treated?

How should Diabetes be treated?

The objective of a treatment for Diabetes is to do what the body should normally do, that is, to maintain …

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Seeking balance in Diabetes

Seeking balance in Diabetes

Did you know that the body is so wise that always tells when something is wrong? There has to be …

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Sugar, Glucose, and Carbohydrates, Enemies or members of Diabetes?

Sugar, Glucose, and Carbohydrates, Enemies or members of Diabetes?

To highlight the differences between sugar, glucose and carbohydrates, we put the word sugar in italics, glucose in bold, and …

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Fats and Nutrition

Fats and Nutrition

The main types of fats usually measured in the blood are: Triglycerides Triglycerides are a kind of fat normally found …

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Male Sexual Health: Other dysfunctions and how to remain sexually healthy

Male Sexual Health: Other dysfunctions and how to remain sexually healthy

Men (with or without diabetes) may have other sexual dysfunctions which are: Premature ejaculation. Delayed ejaculation. Anorgasmia or lack of …

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What to do in case of Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence?

What to do in case of Erectile Dysfunction or Impotence?

If you have erectile dysfunction, you’re not alone. At least 52% of all men experience erectile dysfunction or Impotence, and …

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Causes of Erectile Dysfunction in Men with Diabetes

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction in Men with Diabetes

In men with Diabetes, in most cases, erectile dysfunction is associated with physical alterations, but not psychological ones. Impotence can …

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How does an erection occur and what happens when one has erectile dysfunction or impotence?

How does an erection occur and what happens when one has erectile dysfunction or impotence?

The penis has two corpora cavernosa which surround the urethra and run next to it. The urethra is the channel …

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Diabetes and Male Sexuality

Diabetes and Male Sexuality

Diabetes can cause problems in some men’s sexual lives and these can happen due to both physical and psychological factors …

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Adapt Diabetes to your Female Sexual Life

Adapt Diabetes to your Female Sexual Life

The physical response is only one aspect of sexuality, probably the least complicated part. Sexuality goes beyond sex; it’s an …

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Diabetes and sexual problems in Women

Diabetes and sexual problems in Women

In one of the few studies done on the effect of Diabetes on female sexuality, pre-menopausal women with Type 1 …

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Diabetes and Female Sexuality

Diabetes and Female Sexuality

Although there’s a wealth of information about sexuality and sexual problems in men with Diabetes, there’s very little about the …

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Diabetic Nephropathy: Symptoms and how to prevent kidney damage in people with Diabetes

Diabetic Nephropathy: Symptoms and how to prevent kidney damage in people with Diabetes

The first sign is protein in the urine, which causes blood protein levels (albumin) to decrease and causes the body …

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What is and what happens when there’s Diabetic Nephropathy or Kidney Damage?

What is and what happens when there’s Diabetic Nephropathy or Kidney Damage?

Diabetes is one of the most common causes of kidney failure. All people with Diabetes (type 1 and type 2) …

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Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy

Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy

When nerve fibers become damage, it may lead to certain Neuropathy symptoms. If the damage occurs on the motor fibers, …

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Diabetic Neuropathies Classification based on type of nerve affected

Diabetic Neuropathies Classification based on type of nerve affected

Diabetic Neuropathy is damage to the peripheral nerves that pass through the human body and damages the different nerves that …

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What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Diabetic Neuropathy is a very common chronic complication in people with Diabetes who don’t exercise adequate control over their blood …

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What are Diabetic Retinopathy treatments?

What are Diabetic Retinopathy treatments?

In Non-Proliferative Diabetic Retinopathy, no treatment is required, because retina damage is very mild and the only thing that needs …

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Types of Diabetic Retinopathy

Types of Diabetic Retinopathy

There are two types of Diabetic Retinopathy: the first one represents its initial phase, in which retinal damage is mild, …

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What is Diabetic Retinopathy and the importance to prevent it?

What is Diabetic Retinopathy and the importance to prevent it?

The main cause of blindness on Diabetes is “Retinopathy”, a condition that affects the retina’s small blood vessels. Almost every …

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Seeking the most appropriate treatment for Hypertension or High Blood Pressure

Seeking the most appropriate treatment for Hypertension or High Blood Pressure

After thoroughly checking your health, including any possible Diabetes complications, your doctor will choose the best treatment for you. If …

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Medications for Hypertension or High Blood Pressure

Medications for Hypertension or High Blood Pressure

When you are diagnosed with Hypertension or high blood pressure, your doctor will first try to control it without medicine, …

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Drug Treatment for Hypertension

Drug Treatment for Hypertension

If after several weeks of changing your diet and habits, your blood pressure hasn’t been effectively controlled, the doctor may …

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Controlling High Blood Pressure without Drugs

Controlling High Blood Pressure without Drugs

Before treating hypertension, physicians need the patient’s medical history, perform physical examination and take lab tests to determine the causes …

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How do we know if we have Hypertension or high blood pressure and what causes it?

How do we know if we have Hypertension or high blood pressure and what causes it?

It’s easy for you to find out if you have hypertension, you only need to go to the doctor and …

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What is Hypertension or High Pressure and how does it occur?

What is Hypertension or High Pressure and how does it occur?

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a disease that usually comes unannounced, it actually often hides, quietly, which is why …

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What are Chronic Complications in Diabetes?

What are Chronic Complications in Diabetes?

Chronic complications associated with Diabetes, are medical problems that occur when Diabetes isn’t treated properly for a long time and …

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Why is it important to avoid Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

Why is it important to avoid Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

The best way to prevent the presence of ketones, is to maintain good control of your Diabetes and check your …

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Diabetic Ketoacidosis: Symptoms and what to do when having Urine Ketones

Diabetic Ketoacidosis: Symptoms and what to do when having Urine Ketones

Generally this situation will appear gradually, however, in some cases, it can develop quickly especially if the person is sick …

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What causes ketones?

What causes ketones?

The presence of blood ketones can be caused by high blood sugar levels (above 240 mg/dl) and this occurs more …

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What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

What is Diabetic Ketoacidosis?

Ketoacidosis or “Diabetic Coma” is a situation that every person with Diabetes should avoid or prevent. If the blood sugar …

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Importance of Preventing Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia

Importance of Preventing Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia

If you have hyperglycemia, it’s very important to act quickly, since otherwise a very dangerous condition called ketoacidosis could occur. …

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Hyperglycemia: Symptoms and what to do if I have high blood sugar

Hyperglycemia: Symptoms and what to do if I have high blood sugar

Hyperglycemia symptoms occur gradually and include: Excessive thirst or polydipsia. Frequent urination or polyuria. Lethargy, drowsiness. Hot, dry skin. Fatigue, …

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What is Hyperglycemia and how does it occur?

What is Hyperglycemia and how does it occur?

Blood sugar levels of people with Diabetes who don’t follow their treatment adequately tend to rise above the normal range …

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The Importance of Preventing Hypoglycemia

The Importance of Preventing Hypoglycemia

Preventing hypoglycemia is a very important factor for avoiding serious problems that can occur when we have low blood sugar …

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Avoiding Hypoglycemia in children with Diabetes

Avoiding Hypoglycemia in children with Diabetes

Hypoglycemia or low blood sugar is a very dangerous condition that can occur suddenly, especially in children who require insulin. …

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Hypoglycemia: Symptoms and what I should do in case of low blood glucose levels

Hypoglycemia: Symptoms and what I should do in case of low blood glucose levels

The Hypoglycemia symptoms may vary from person to person even may not having any symptom, so it’s very important checking …

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What is and how do I prevent hypoglycemia? (Low blood glucose level)

What is and how do I prevent hypoglycemia? (Low blood glucose level)

In people who don’t have Diabetes, blood sugar (glucose) levels stay constant at normal levels, which range between 70 and …

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The importance of visiting a Podiatrist to maintain good Foot Care

The importance of visiting a Podiatrist to maintain good Foot Care

On your first visit, your doctor should perform a thorough physical examination of your foot and inquire any relevant history. …

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If you have Diabetes, How should you trim your nails, treat your calluses and have good foot hygiene?

If you have Diabetes, How should you trim your nails, treat your calluses and have good foot hygiene?

The way you trim your nails is a very important aspect to bear in mind for maintaining proper care of …

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If you have Diabetes examine your feet to detect infections

If you have Diabetes examine your feet to detect infections

Diabetic Neuropathy or peripheral nerve damage is a very common chronic complication in people with Diabetes, who have controlled it …

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Why is it important to avoid foot infections when you have Diabetes?

Why is it important to avoid foot infections when you have Diabetes?

You should make all necessary efforts to avoid any infection that may lead to foot problems because: Neglecting foot problems …

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If you have Diabetes, your feet require Special Care

If you have Diabetes, your feet require Special Care

People with Diabetes have a higher risk of getting serious feet problems. Even though most problems occur on people who …

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Good Diabetes control at the Beach

Good Diabetes control at the Beach

One of the pleasures of going on holiday is walking barefoot. If your child keeps his glycemia levels reasonably controlled, …

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Diabetes and Trips during Vacations

Diabetes and Trips during Vacations

The inactivity of sitting in a car for hours and all the random snacks we eat on the highway or …

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Diabetes and increased activity during Vacations

Diabetes and increased activity during Vacations

The insulin requirements of a child who sits in class all day can decrease when the child is playing all …

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Diabetes and Schedule changes in Vacations

Diabetes and Schedule changes in Vacations

For some families, holidays mean that children go to bed later at night and sleep until later in the morning. …

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Controlling Diabetes when sleeping away from home

Controlling Diabetes when sleeping away from home

Holidays can be both joyful and concerning, as these are the days in which you lounge by the pool or …

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The DCCT proved that good Diabetes control works

The DCCT proved that good Diabetes control works

Strict control reduces risk of eye, nerve and kidney complications. The DCCT proved it. Patients who maintain strict control of …

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High blood glucose levels and complications related to Diabetes

High blood glucose levels and complications related to Diabetes

Everyone always talks about the complications related to Diabetes. Let’s see how much these complications affect people with Diabetes and …

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About the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (D.C.C.T.)

About the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (D.C.C.T.)

How was the D.C.C.T. carried out? In the early 70s, it seemed obvious that people with Diabetes would develop chronic …

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Exams for symptoms in people with Diabetes

Exams for symptoms in people with Diabetes

It’s important for people with Diabetes to visit a doctor for tests, whenever they feel any symptoms. Symptoms are signs …

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Tests to check lipids or fat in people with Diabetes

Tests to check lipids or fat in people with Diabetes

Tests to check blood lipids are very important because they offer very valuable information that can help prevent serious health …

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Complete eye exam for people with Diabetes

Complete eye exam for people with Diabetes

Diabetic Retinopathy is the worldwide leading cause of blindness, and is the most common sight chronic complication in people with …

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Tests to check kidney function in people with Diabetes

Tests to check kidney function in people with Diabetes

People with diabetes who don’t control their blood glucose levels, may develop a chronic complication called Diabetic Nephropathy that consists …

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General physical examination for people with Diabetes

General physical examination for people with Diabetes

People with Diabetes should visit their doctor as regularly as these recommend. On each visit, your doctor will perform a …

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Glycated Hemoglobin or Hemoglobin A1c test

Glycated Hemoglobin or Hemoglobin A1c test

Glycated Hemoglobin or Hemoglobin A1c, is a test that tells us what our average blood glucose levels have been over …

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Blood pressure test

Blood pressure test

High blood pressure (HBP) or Hypertension, may go unnoticed for a long time and cause serious damage, such as strokes, …

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The most important tests for people with Diabetes

The most important tests for people with Diabetes

People with Diabetes need to keep a tight control over their blood sugar (glucose) levels and Glycated Hemoglobin or Hemoglobin …

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Final Recommendations on good eyesight for people with Diabetes

Final Recommendations on good eyesight for people with Diabetes

Several characteristic symptoms of some of the main diseases related to vision are: Lens color change and lack of clarity, …

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Diabetes and contact lenses

Diabetes and contact lenses

The debate about the merits of “conventional lenses” versus “contact lenses”, has lasted for years. Currently, whichever you choose will …

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Besides people with Diabetes, Who else needs eye care?

Besides people with Diabetes, Who else needs eye care?

A family history of glaucoma, cataracts or retinal problems also requires frequent visits to the ophthalmologist. For people over 40 …

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Eyesight and the effects of time

Eyesight and the effects of time

Just like any other part of your body, your eyes also change over time, and just like the aches and …

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In Diabetes your eyes need extra care

In Diabetes your eyes need extra care

How often you need your vision checked will depend on your health, family history and symptoms, but people with Diabetes …

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Protecting our Eyesight, our most Precious Sense

Protecting our Eyesight, our most Precious Sense

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the world. Poor control of blood glucose levels (glycemia) for several years …

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What does Fructosamine mean?

What does Fructosamine mean?

When we need to have a much tighter control, this test can be of great help to achieve our goals, …

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What does Glycated Hemoglobin or Hemoglobin A1c mean?

What does Glycated Hemoglobin or Hemoglobin A1c mean?

Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1c) is a test that allows to know more accurately, the average blood glucose levels, for the previous …

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Final recommendations on Blood Glucose Self Analysis

Final recommendations on Blood Glucose Self Analysis

Remember that a good control of Diabetes is key to enjoy a healthy, productive, and happy life. When you check …

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How to monitor your blood glucose levels?

How to monitor your blood glucose levels?

In order to check your blood glucose level, the first thing you need to do is to put a drop …

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Who should monitor their blood sugar levels?

Who should monitor their blood sugar levels?

People with both Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes, need to understand how Diabetes works and learn how to manage …

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What is blood glucose monitoring?

What is blood glucose monitoring?

One of the most important advances in the control and treatment of Diabetes, has been the possibility of measuring your …

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Knowledge about Diabetes that will keep you healthy

Knowledge about Diabetes that will keep you healthy

Diabetes is considered a “living condition” rather than a disease. This is because people with Diabetes need to follow a …

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If you have Ketones, don’t exercise

If you have Ketones, don’t exercise

It’s very important to frequently check your glucose levels every day, to make sure they’re well controlled. When you’re about …

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Avoiding Hypoglycemia when you Exercise

Avoiding Hypoglycemia when you Exercise

Blood glucose monitoring provides important information about how exercise affects your blood sugar levels. If you need extra food, and …

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Before starting your routines of physical activity check your blood sugar levels

Before starting your routines of physical activity check your blood sugar levels

Before you start exercising, it’s very important for you to check with your doctor; they might ask you to get …

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Benefits of Exercise for People with Diabetes

Benefits of Exercise for People with Diabetes

Exercise or physical activity is important for everyone, but it’s particularly beneficial for people with Diabetes. Exercise has additional short …

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Nutrition for people with Diabetes

Nutrition for people with Diabetes

Nutrition is one of the key factors for treating people with Diabetes, since the nutrients you ingest are absorbed in …

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Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

Currently, there are several types of drugs that can help treat Type 2 Diabetes, which act in different ways to …

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Oral Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

Oral Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

Hypoglycemic agents or Oral Drugs Approximately 90% of people who have Diabetes have Type 2. Unlike people with Type 1 …

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What to do before using an Insulin Pump?

What to do before using an Insulin Pump?

Before you can use an insulin pump, you’ll need to work together with your health team, so they can train …

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Who can use an Insulin Pump?

Who can use an Insulin Pump?

Every person with Diabetes who uses insulin, has an adequate Diabetes education, and is willing to exercise a much tighter …

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Advantages and Disadvantages of using an Insulin Pump

Advantages and Disadvantages of using an Insulin Pump

The Insulin pump is an excellent tool that offers some advantages, which include: Better control – Since the insulin pump …

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How do insulin pumps work?

How do insulin pumps work?

In people who don’t have Diabetes, the pancreas continuously produces small amounts of insulin, so that the body’s cells can …

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What are Insulin Pumps?

What are Insulin Pumps?

People with Diabetes should maintain an optimal control of their blood glucose levels, to prevent chronic complications associated with Diabetes, …

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How should insulin be injected?

How should insulin be injected?

People with Diabetes who require insulin injections, should learn how to do it by themselves. Generally, they’ll require several injections …

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Insulin Injection Sites

Insulin Injection Sites

People with Diabetes that require insulin, need to know the places on their bodies where they should inject insulin, as …

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Insulin Administration Methods

Insulin Administration Methods

Insulin injectors: This is the most common method for administering insulin, and are classified by insulin dose capacities (30, 50 …

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How to prepare a mixed dose of Insulin?

How to prepare a mixed dose of Insulin?

Perhaps your doctor will prescribe more than one type of insulin. For example, you may need crystalline insulin (fast-acting) and …

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How to prepare a simple dose of insulin?

How to prepare a simple dose of insulin?

Your doctor is responsible for giving you the instructions you need to prepare a simple or mixed dose of insulin, …

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