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5 Warning Signs of Type 2 Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 2, 2017 8:45:00 AM

It takes a little detective work to diagnose diabetes.

That's because symptoms can come on slowly or seem similar to other illnesses or conditions. But once your physician conducts a few simple tests, your probability of having diabetes can be easily determined.

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Exercise Plays Important Role in Diabetes Care

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 1, 2017 10:29:00 AM

Managing your diabetes requires commitment, especially in three important areas - Diet, Medicine and Exercise.

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Diabetes Can Be Confusing

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 31, 2017 7:00:00 AM


WHAT IS DIABETES

People with diabetes either don’t make enough insulin (Type 1 diabetes) or can’t use insulin properly (Type 2 diabetes). Insulin allows blood sugar (glucose) to enter cells, where it can be used for energy.

When the body doesn’t have enough insulin or can’t use it effectively, blood sugar builds up in the blood. High blood sugar levels can lead to heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputation of toes, feet, or legs, according to the Centers for Disease Control

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Nutrition Tips for Managing Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 29, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Eating healthy, well-balanced meals is important part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition to healthy eating, regular exercise is important for everyone. For those people who have diabetes or who are at high risk for diabetes, diet and exercise is even more important. Balancing what you eat and staying active are key to managing diabetes. 

Having diabetes does not mean that you can't enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods. People with diabetes have the same nutritional needs as everyone else. You can learn to eat healthful meals, and even include your favorite foods so that you can thrive with diabetes. 

Sometimes it helps to discuss a lifestyle with diabetes with others. We invite you to attend a free support group at Johnson Memorial Hospital

Our internal medicine specialists are also available to answer questions and help you with diabetic care. 

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What is Comprehensive Diabetic Care and Prevention?

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 29, 2017 9:30:00 AM

Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body uses glucose or blood sugar. Glucose is important because it is fuel for your brain, muscles, and cells. If you have diabetes, you have too much glucose in your body which can lead to serious health problems.  Diabetes is very common disease, affecting just under 10 percent of the population. It's prevalence is becoming even more common each year.

People of any age can be diagnosed with diabetes, and it's especially common to be diagnosed during childhood or as a senior citizen. While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be controlled allowing patients to lead full and productive lives. 

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How Alcohol Affects People With Diabetes

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Mar 28, 2017 10:00:00 AM

If you have diabetes, you likely have a lot of concerns regarding food and drink. If you have just been diagnosed, you probably have even more questions. Diabetes does not mean that you can never have your favorite foods or enjoy a little social hour with your friends. Like all things, moderation is the key. 

A big concern for those with diabetes, is blood sugar. Keeping your blood sugar under control is the main thing you can do to keep your body functioning the way it should be. People with diabetes should be especially careful with alcohol. Alcohol causes blood sugar to rise, and it can interfere with the effectiveness of certain medications. 

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Some Sweet Advice About Desserts for Diabetics

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Aug 23, 2016 9:00:25 AM

Cherry cheesecake. Apple pie ala mode. Chocolate cake with devil’s food icing.

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5 Foods That Increase Blood Sugar Levels

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Apr 12, 2016 2:39:39 PM

Common sense dictates that diabetics should avoid cakes, pies and cookies.

Since their systems already have difficulty breaking down glucose, eating sugary treats can quickly spike a diabetic's blood sugar level. And that's not good. High levels of glucose, over time, can result in long-term health issues.

In reality, most diabetics can have a small pastry from time to time - if they adjust other portions of their food intake and adjust their medicine accordingly, especially if they are insulin-dependent.

While the impact of sugary goodies on a diabetic seems apparent, there are other not-so-obvious foods that can also cause blood sugar spikes.

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Diabetics Need Immediate First Aid for Low Blood Sugars

Posted by Johnson Memorial Health on Feb 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Diabetics, diagnosed as someone with extraordinarily high blood sugars, sometimes experience quite the opposite. And when they do, it is important to treat low blood sugar conditions promptly.

Hypoglycemia can happen when diabetics take too much insulin, don’t consume enough calories or expend more energy than planned.

A blood glucose level of less than 70 mg/dl is generally considered low, according to the Joslin Diabetes Center. Severely low blood sugar levels can lead to a coma or could be fatal.

If detected quickly, low blood sugars can be treated at home without having to make a trip to the doctor or emergency room. That is why it is important for family members, friends or caretakers to recognize the signs of hypoglycemia and know how to respond.

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