Type 2 diabetes guide
Over 20 million Americans have diabetes and almost one-third are not aware that they have it. Uncontrolled diabetes can lead to heart disease, kidney failure, leg infections, and other serious health problems. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in the United States.
By following the steps below and working with your healthcare team, you can prevent or control diabetes and even reduce your risk of long-term complications.
I. Understanding Your DiabetesStep 1: What is diabetes?Step 2: Who gets type 2 diabetes?Step 3: How do you know if you have diabetes?
II. Managing Your DiabetesStep 4: You're in charge - design a treatment planStep 5: Monitor your blood sugarStep 6: Lose weight and follow the right dietStep 7: ExerciseStep 8: Drugs and insulin
III. Knowing the Consequences of DiabetesStep 9: Treat low blood sugarStep 10: Avoid long-term complications
Are you overweight?
How to read a food label
Keeping track of your medications
Sweeteners and sugar substitutes
The Mediterranean diet
Type 2 diabetes drug index
Types of insulin
Emergency warning signs
Calorie and fiber charts
Track your weight-loss goals
Last reviewed 7/8/2012 by Nancy J. Rennert, MD, Chief of Endocrinology & Diabetes, Norwalk Hospital, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Previoulsy reviewed by Ari S. Eckman, MD, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. (5/13/2010)
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