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A1C

March 13, 2014

A blood test that measures blood glucose control for the previous 2-3 months. It may be used to diagnose diabetes, or to see how well diabetes is being managed. The lower your A1C, the better your glucose control. It can also be called “hemoglobin A1C,” “glycated [...]

ADA

March 17, 2014

Acronym for the American Diabetes [...]

Alzheimer’s

March 25, 2014

An age-related brain disease that makes your memory and thinking skills worse over time. There is no cure, but researchers are finding more effective ways of preventing the disease all the time. People with diabetes should be especially careful to keep their blood glucose level under control to [...]

American Diabetes Association

March 17, 2014

A non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people with diabetes, and advocating for those whose rights have been infringed because they have the disease. You can find out more about them [...]

Amputation

March 30, 2014

When part or all of a limb (hands, arms, feet, legs) is removed, either by accident or surgically. People who have had diabetes for many years can develop nerve problems, and this can lead to their needing foot and leg [...]

Blood Glucose Level

March 14, 2014

The amount of sugar in your blood stream. In people with diabetes and prediabetes, blood glucose is too [...]

Blood Lipids

March 17, 2014

Fats, including cholesterol and triglycerides, that are found in your blood. A test to measure your blood lipids is called a “lipid [...]

Blood Pressure

March 14, 2014

The amount of force pushing against your artery walls as your heart pumps blood. It is measured in two numbers. For most people, a healthy blood pressure is less than 120/80 [...]

BMI

March 14, 2014

Stands for Body Mass Index, which measures how much body fat you have based on your height and [...]

Carbohydrate

March 14, 2014

One of the three major nutrients in food, also called a “carb.” It is found in high amounts in grains, starchy vegetables, legumes, fruit and [...]

CDC

March 17, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, America’s national public health [...]

Cholesterol

March 13, 2014

A fat that is made in your liver, and found in some foods (like eggs, meat, and dairy). It helps the body make hormones and Vitamin D, digest food, and fight off infections. When one type of cholesterol, called LDL, gets too high in the blood, it can raise your risk of heart disease. When another [...]

Complications

March 14, 2014

Conditions or injuries that arise when you already have another disease. Eye disease, for example, is a common [...]

Diabetes

March 13, 2014

A group of chronic diseases that causes your body to lose control of your blood glucose levels, which lets them get too high. Type 1 diabetes is caused by the body’s inability to produce insulin, a hormone that moves glucose into your cells to be used for energy. In type 2 diabetes, your [...]

Diabetes Educator

March 14, 2014

Also known as a CDE, a diabetes educator is a healthcare provider who helps people manage their day to day diabetes care, or prevent the onset of diabetes. A CDE can be a doctor, nurse, dietitian or [...]
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