Articles by CDiabetes Staff

Checking Your Blood Glucose After You Eat

October 16, 2016

Perhaps you are like most people who just check your blood sugar in the morning when you get up. Although that reading is needed, you may not realize that checking your blood sugar after eating can be more crucial than checking it before eating. [...]

Keeping Blood Glucose on Track

October 16, 2016

Over the past several years, we have gained a much better grasp of the relationship between blood sugar and diabetic complications. Two research trials in the 1990’s though showed that blood sugar control can prevent diabetes-related health issues such as eye disease, kidney problems, nerve damage and heart disease. This research has helped health care providers to set healthy ranges of blood sugar levels for diabetics to use as targets to avoid complications. [...]

Adding Buckwheat to Lower Blood Glucose

October 16, 2016

Studies have found that buckwheat may help lower blood glucose for people with diabetes. Extracts of the buckwheat seed were fed to diabetic rats, whose blood glucose levels were lowered 12 to 19 percent. These results may prove to be very helpful in helping people to manage diabetes. Buckwheat is [...]

How Food Affects Your Blood Glucose

October 16, 2016

Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, what you eat, when you eat it and how much you eat all affect your blood glucose. Glucose is the main sugar found in the blood and is the body's major source of fuel. If you have diabetes and eat too much or do not take the right dose of diabetes medicine, your blood glucose can spike too high. When this happens, you can get sick. [...]

The Importance of Checking Your A1C

October 16, 2016

Checking blood glucose daily is important. But don’t forget to check your A1Cs regularly, as well. The A1C test is a blood test that shows your average blood glucose results over the previous two to three months. It gives you the big picture of your blood glucose levels, including all of the ups and downs. [...]

Check your Blood Glucose

October 16, 2016

Checking Your Blood Glucose Allows You to check the pattern of your blood glucose levels so you can make changes in your diet and exercise program or insulin dose. [...]

Checking Your Blood Glucose

October 16, 2016

Checking your blood glucose gives you the information you need to understand how your diabetes treatment plan is working. Check your blood glucose several times per day at specific times, such as before a meal and two hours after. Look at the results from a period of several days or a week. You can see patterns in the times your blood glucose is up or down. You’ll see how your food, a regular walk, a stressful day or the addition of a new medication affects your blood glucose. [...]

Diabetes & Heart Health

October 16, 2016

Q. What’s the connection between diabetes and heart disease? A. When a person has diabetes, if their blood sugar is elevated, it actually damages the inside lining of the blood vessels and the arteries. The blood vessels become thicker, and they become less elastic. Then blood cannot flow through [...]

Diabetes and your Heart

October 16, 2016

Unfortunately, people with diabetes are more likely to have a heart attack than people without diabetes. But there are five simple steps you can take to help lower your risk for heart disease. It is important to establish a target for each step, to know your numbers and to work with your health [...]

Cholesterol

October 16, 2016

Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is vital for all normal body functions. It’s found in every cell in our bodies. When there’s too much, there is a greater risk of hardening of the arteries: the main cause of a heart attack. Normal total cholesterol is less than 200 (mg/dL). A normal [...]

Heart Attack Warning Signs

October 16, 2016

Many people think a heart attack is sudden and intense, like a movie heart attack, where a person clutches their chest and falls over. The truth is that many heart attacks start slowly, as a mild pain or discomfort. If you feel such a symptom, you may not even be sure what’s wrong. Your symptoms [...]

Triglycerides and Diabetes

October 16, 2016

When you have type 2 diabetes, it is likely that you also have heart disease. In fact, your heart problems might have started before you developed diabetes. In addition to a high triglyceride level, factors that lead to heart disease in people with diabetes include being overweight, being inactive, [...]

Test Your Heart Disease IQ

October 16, 2016

Read the questions. Then check the answers that follow. 1- If you have diabetes, you should take an aspirin a day. T          F 2- ACE inhibitors can help treat high blood pressure and damaged heart muscles. T          F 3- I already have heart disease. It is too late to reduce my [...]
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