Just because you are getting older doesn’t mean that life has to slow down. People who stay active or who become more active when they get older are stronger and more flexible. They are able to walk up stairs or carry groceries with ease. Overall, they report a better quality of life. Research [...]
If you are living with diabetes, managing your blood glucose levels on a daily basis is the most important thing you can do to keep your diabetes under control. [...]
Do you want to get better control of your diabetes? Blood glucose monitoring is one of the best ways for you and your healthcare team to know if your treatment plan and medications are working. Testing allows you to know what your blood glucose is at a specific moment, as well as over a period of time.
You know only too well that when you touch a hot stove, you quickly move your hand away because you feel pain. Likewise, if you step on a nail, your body knows to pick that foot up quickly. Sometimes, when you have pain, you also may notice that your heart rate and breathing get a bit faster, too. All these responses happen thanks to the nerves all over your body that carry messages to and from the brain. [...]
When Mary, aged 50, found out from her nurse practitioner that she had type 2 diabetes, she was actually relieved. It helped explain the symptoms—tiredness, hunger and a vaginal yeast infection—that wouldn’t go away. The nurse practitioner encouraged Mary to lose a few pounds, become more active and return for a follow-up visit in three months. [...]
Blood glucose that’s higher than normal for many years can cause a slow loss of vision and blindness. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA) poorly controlled blood glucose causes more than 10,000 people each year to become blind. However, there is good news. A few simple steps taken each day and an eye examination once a year can help reduce your chances of losing all or part of your vision. [...]
By checking your blood glucose often, you can reduce your risk of complications from diabetes. You might think that your blood glucose numbers as something for your doctor to deal with. The truth is, though, that blood glucose numbers are useful for you, too. [...]
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