Today more than ever, people with diabetes can take control of their health. Lifestyle changes may be enough to prevent or delay a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis. For those with diabetes, there are tons of ways you can manage your condition.
Use our helpful new blood sugar tracker to chart your glucose
levels throughout the day.
Learn how your lifestyle affects your blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Portable devices called glucometers are used to measure blood sugar. For many diabetics, pricking a finger to test the blood levels of glucose is a daily routine. Learn how to pick the right glucometer for your lifestyle.
Some patients can manage diabetes with diet and exercise, but many patients need medication to stay well. Learn how medications work to control diabetes, how to switch medications, and get expert advice.
Improve your quality of life with cardio exercises. Diabetes doesn't have to hold you back - use these tips to keep your heart healthy and strong.
Q: When should I use the glucose control solution for my blood glucose meter?
A: Many diabetes patients would describe the blood glucose monitoring experience as a pinprick or pinch with very slight pain. A lancet (special needle) is used to produce a very small amount of blood for testing the person's blood glucose level. These lancets are usually spring loaded and/or adjustable to reduce pain. In addition, some newer models of blood glucose monitors allow testing on areas of the body other than the fingertips.
Q: What effects can uncontrolled diabetes have over time?
A: Uncontrolled diabetes can have several long-term effects on your body - several effects that can be very severe. Treating diabetes can be very overwhelming, but at the same time it is important to stay on track in order to prevent future complications. Long-term complications of diabetes include: atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, diabetic neuropathy, diabetic retinopathy, erection problems, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, peripheral vascular disease, and stroke.
Joslin Diabetes Center experts answer commonly asked questions about diabetes monitoring, treatment, self-care, meal planning and more.
Q: My doctor told me about a new way to check glucose called continuous glucose monitoring. From what I understand, you have to wear some kind of equipment all the time, but no longer have to do finger-sticks. That would be great. Is this true? How can I get a continuous glucose monitor?
A: Continuous glucose monitoring, or
CGM, isa new technology that allows you to receive glucose readings every few minutes, 24 hours
a day. Unlike glucose meters, which measure the amount of glucose in your blood, CGM devices
measure glucose from your interstitial fluid-the fluid that sits between the cells in your
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Q: Whenever I check my blood glucose, it's always high. This makes me feel bad. Should I keep checking?
A: It certainly can be frustrating if
you continually see high blood glucose readings. While you may not think this information is
helpful, it actually is! There are a number of common reasons for high blood glucose
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