Q: I’ve recently been diagnosed with Diabetes. What resources are available to me?
Living with Diabetes – http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/?loc=lwd-slabnav
Recently Diagnosed – http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/recently-diagnosed/?loc=lwd-slabnav
Find your local diabetes office in your community!
Q: How do you manage diabetes?
A: Diabetes management is a chronic health condition, but can be managed with proper care from doctors. People diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 diabetes must monitor their blood sugar levels several times a day, usually before or after meals. Dr. Davis will work with you to determine the range of blood sugar levels best for each individual.
Q: What does blood sugar levels or glucose levels mean?
A: Blood sugar levels—also known as glucose levels—is the amount of glucose present in your blood. Glucose is a major source of energy for cells in the body. Carbohydrates that can be found in fruit, cereal, bread, pasta, and rice convert to glucose in your body.
Regularly checking blood sugar or glucose levels is an essential part of diabetes care. Blood sugar levels are measured in milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL). A normal blood sugar range is between 70 and 120 mg/dL.
Q: What treatments are available for diabetes?
A: Each person’s treatment plan for diabetes is different. Treatment plans are mostly dependent on the type of diabetes a person has, as well as their daily activities, diet, and glucose levels.
In order to control their glucose levels, people with type 1 diabetes must inject insulin several times a day, as well as stay on a consistent diet and exercise regimen. For those with type 2 diabetes, treatment includes diet, exercise, and self-monitoring of blood glucose levels. Also, in some cases, oral drugs or insulin will be used as part of the treatment.
Q: What food can I eat? What foods should I avoid?
A: People diagnosed with type 1 and type 2 diabetes should discuss their individual dietary needs with their doctor or nutritionist. The key is balancing diet, exercise, and insulin intake to achieve blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible.
While there aren’t foods you can eat and should avoid specifically, it is important that you discuss with your doctor any concerns you have. There are some guidelines when it comes to carbs and diabetes, fruit and diabetes, or alcohol and diabetes, for example.
Q: Is fitness and exercise important for those with diabetes?
A: Yes! Fitness and exercise are an integral part of diabetes management—it can help lower blood glucose in addition to many other benefits. You don’t have to run a marathon, just get regular exercise. Anything that gets you moving, like walking, dancing, gardening, or playing tennis or golf is great!
Q: Is there a cure for diabetes?
A:: Unfortunately, there is no known cure for diabetes at this time. While there are ways to manage the effects of diabetes and diabetes complications, scientists have yet to find a cure.