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diabetes

Know your numbers. Diabetes management at mealtime
by Christine Lee, D.Ph., BCPS
Know your numbers. Diabetes management at mealtime You do not want to be chasing glucose numbers to get them to target ranges on a daily basis. It is important to learn why the numbers are off so you can correct the problem.

If you use insulin to control your blood glucose, whether you are type 1 or type 2, knowing your blood glucose readings before you eat can help you avoid being high or low in between meals or even throughout the day.

Before any meal or large snack, it is important to test your blood glucose to determine if your blood glucose level is high or low. Knowing your blood glucose level helps you determine if you need extra insulin or perhaps less insulin with your mealtime insulin dose. This adjustment is called your correction factor or dose adjustment. Do you know why you need to do this or how?
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Chronic Kidney Disease: A Silent, Yet Lethal Complication of Diabetes
by Karen A. Thomas, MD
Diabetes affects the tiny blood vessels in the kidneys called glomeruli, initiating the development of chronic kidney disease. This quiet process decreases the filtering efficiency of the bean-shaped organs and may eventually result in kidney failure and dialysis.

Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is a silent killer and is most commonly caused by diabetes. Currently, an astounding twenty million people in the United States suffer from CKD and while there is no known cure, early detection and treatment slows the progression to kidney failure. The National Kidney Foundation recommends that all diabetics undergo simple testing to screen for CKD but your doctor may not know about this lifesaving protocol.
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The Agony of Diabetic Feet
by David R. Jackson, MD
It requires a considerable time commitment by physicians and strict compliance to their instructions by the patients and their families for success in treating these ulcers.

Diabetic Feet As attentions turn to revving up exercise routines and outdoor activities, there is one area of the body that we must not overlook. A health check-up for your feet is important anytime, but because diabetes has become increasingly prevalent in our nation, doctors are finding a concomitant increasing rise in the number of diabetic foot ulcers. There are two things that almost everyone with diabetes and a foot ulcer will unanimously acknowledge; it is extremely difficult and time-consuming to heal, and they wish someone else other than they had it.
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How Diabetes affects your heart
by C. Robert Meloni
"Dear Dr. Meloni: I was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I would like to know more about this disease and what I can expect from my treatment."

In order to answer your question we should first define diabetes. Diabetes mellitus is a condition where the blood sugar is too high on a consistent basis. There are several types, but today we will focus on type 2 diabetes, the most common...
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