Diabetes - Controlling Your Blood Sugar is Important

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Let's take a minute to talk about diabetes.

Diabetes is when levels of blood sugar are too high in the blood. Blood sugar is needed by the cells in your body for energy. Blood sugar comes from food, and it is also made by the liver and muscles. To get the sugar into the cells, your body makes insulin. When there are problems with insulin, it is hard for the sugar to get into the cells. Instead, the sugar stays in the blood.

There are 3 main types of diabetes. Gestational diabetes happens when insulin doesn’t work well during pregnancy. Type 1 diabetes is when the pancreas does not make enough insulin. Type 1 occurs most often in young people. Type 2 diabetes is when insulin doesn’t work correctly. Type 2 happens most often in people who are overweight and inactive.

Over time, diabetes can cause health problems with your nerves, kidneys, mouth, eyes and feet. It also increases the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. The good news is that there are therapies to control blood sugar levels. Over time, controlling diabetes can help postpone or prevent many complications.

Therapies may include taking medicines, using insulin injections, making healthy food choices, and being physically active. Your doctor will work with you to decide which treatments are best, and will create a plan to monitor your blood sugar. Also, it is very important to keep your blood pressure and cholesterol at healthy levels.

For best results, take your medicines exactly as prescribed, and plan ahead for refills. Also, talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have concerns, such as side effects or cost, because other options may be available.

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