Definitions and Treatment
What having diabetes means, the different types and how each type is treated.
A registered dietitian will explain the importance of meal planning .
Current tools and techniques available, including the importance of blood tests.
Explanation of Medications
The various medication therapy options, drug action and interaction, and injection techniques.
Importance of Exercise
How a regular exercise program can aid in weight reduction, blood sugar control and prevention of complications.
Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia
The difference between high and low blood sugar, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of each and the most current treatments for both.
A brief discussion on the physchological impact of living with diabetes, needs, and feelings.
Warning signs that could lead to further complications and what to do if they develop.
How to work diabetes care into your individual lifestyle.
From health professionals who provide the latest information on a variety of topics.
What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin, a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy that is needed for daily life. There is no known cause of diabetes, although it is known that genetics and factors such as obesity play a role.
What are the different types?
- Type 1 diabetes
The cells that produce insulin are destroyed. Between 5 and 10% of all Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 1 diabetes.
- Type 2 diabetes
Occurs when there is insulin resistance and/or lack of insulin produced. Most Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.
- Gestational diabetes
Gestational diabetes occurs in pregnant women and affects about 4% of all pregnant women - about 135,000 cases in the United States per year.
This condition occurs when a person's blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not quite high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. There are 41 million Americans who have pre-diabetes, in addition to the 18.2 million people who currently have diabetes.