Diabetes is a disorder of metabolism — the way our bodies use digested food for growth and energy. There are three main types of diabetes: type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes.
Diabetes: What to Look For
The warning signs of diabetes can be so mild that you don’t notice them. That’s especially true of type 2 diabetes. With type 1 diabetes, the symptoms usually happen quickly, in a matter of days or a few weeks.
Risk Factors for Diabetes
One of every four people with diabetes doesn’t know they have it. See if your risk of having the disease is high.
What to Expect at the Doctor’s Office
Diabetes and prediabetes are diagnosed with a fasting plasma glucose test, oral glucose tolerance test, or random plasma glucose test. Read More
9 Ways to Avoid Diabetes Complications
Keeping your diabetes under control will help you prevent heart, nerve, and foot problems. Here’s what you can do right now.
- Lose extra weight. Moving toward a healthy weight helps control blood sugars. Your doctor, a dietitian, and a fitness trainer can get you started on a plan that will work for you.
- Check your blood sugar level at least twice a day. Is it in the range advised by your doctor? Also, write it down so you can track your progress and note how food and activity affect your levels.
- Get A1c blood tests to find out your average blood sugar for the past 2 to 3 months. Most people with type 2 diabetes should aim for an A1c of 7% or lower. Ask your doctor how often you need to get an A1c test.
- Track your carbohydrates. Know how many carbs you’re eating and how often you have them. Managing your carbs can help keep your blood sugar under control. Choose high-fiber carbs, such as green vegetables, fruit, beans, and whole grains.
- Control your blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels. Diabetes makes heart disease more likely, so keep a close eye on your blood pressure and cholesterol. Talk with your doctor about keeping your cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure in check. Take medications as prescribed. Read More
It can seem overwhelming when you or someone you love has diabetes. What to eat can be one of the biggest concerns. Let us guide you with quick meal ideas, healthy snack choices and tips for eating out.
A great, additional resource, is our book, What Do I Eat Now? A step-by-step guide to eating right with type 2 diabetes. Read More