DIABETES CARE

Signs Your Child May Have Type 1 Diabetes  

Difficult to recognize signs of type 1 diabetes in children and when to talk to your child’s pediatrician.

Are you at risk for type 2 diabetes?

The questions in this assessment ask about risk factors. These are conditions that may put you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says that the more risk factors you have, the more likely you are to develop diabetes. This tool can tell you only about your likelihood to develop type 2 diabetes. It cannot tell you definitely whether or not you will develop diabetes.

1. Are you 45 years old or older?
2. Height
3. Weight
4. Are you
5. Do either of your natural parents, or any of your blood-related brothers or sisters, have diabetes?
6. Are you sedentary?
7. Is your family background African American, American Indian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, or Hispanic American/Latino?
8. Have you ever been told that you had “impaired glucose tolerance (IGT),” or “impaired fasting glucose (IFG)”? (A glucose tolerance test measures your blood sugar 2 hours after ingesting a standard amount of glucose. A fasting glucose test measures your blood glucose after you have gone at least 8t hours without eating. If you had one of these tests, and it showed your blood sugar was high, you may have been told that you have “prediabetes.”)
9. Have you been diagnosed with high blood pressure?
10. Have you ever been told that your HDL ("good") cholesterol was too low (35 mg/dl or lower) or that your triglyceride level was too high (250 mg/dl or more)?

This assessment is not intended to replace the evaluation of a health care professional.

Treating Low Blood Sugar (Hypoglycemia) 

Also called low blood sugar, hypoglycemia can affect your moods and overall wellbeing.

How Diet May Affect Your Blood Sugar 

People react differently to identical foods, suggesting the wisdom of a personalized diet.

Our Guide to the Glycemic Index 

Don’t get caught up in the numbers. Just eat more vegetables, and less white stuff, to control your diabetes.

Glycemic Load — A Better Way to Monitor Blood Sugar? 

Many alternatives have been developed to evaluate how foods affect blood sugar, including glycemic load.

Losing Weight Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes 

No more diabetes medications, no more sitting in doctors’ rooms, no more excess health charges may be enormously motivating.

Bariatric Surgery Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes 

Obese people who don’t get this surgery are more likely to die of diabetes.

Kids with Type 2 Diabetes 

The problem is rising with obesity.

Diabetes: Test Your Knowledge

If you have diabetes, taking steps right away to control it will help you avoid complications that may come up later. This multiple-choice quiz, based on information from the American Diabetes Association, will help you with important answers now.

1. Diabetes happens because of which of these?
2. Two of the main types of diabetes are type 1 and type 2. How many people with diabetes have type 2?
3. A certain gland or organ doesn't work right in a person who has diabetes. Which gland or organ is it?
4. Why is insulin important for your body to use blood sugar?
5. Keeping your diabetes under control early on will help you avoid complications that may come up later. People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing which of these?
6. Why are a healthy diet and regular exercise so important if you have diabetes?
7. Type 1 diabetes happens when your insulin-producing cells called beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed. What destroys them?
8. A diabetic condition can develop as a side effect of some drugs. Which of these can cause raise blood sugar?
9. Which ethnic groups are most likely to develop type 2 diabetes?

Lower Your Blood Sugar Naturally 

You can reverse prediabetes by changing your diet and lifestyle.

Wearable Patch Monitors Blood Sugar  

Imagine keeping track of your blood glucose levels without pricking your fingers.