All About Your A1C

All About Your A1C

What has your blood sugar been up to lately? Get an A1C test to find out your average levels—important to know if you’re at risk for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, or if you’re managing diabetes. The A1C test—also known as the hemoglobin A1C or HbA1c test—is a simple blood test that measures your average blood sugar levels over the past 3 months. It’s one of the commonly used tests to diagnose prediabetes and diabetes, and is also the…

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3 Ways To Help Manage Your Child’s Type 1 Diabetes

3 Ways To Help Manage Your Child’s Type 1 Diabetes

Life is bound to change in many ways when your child is diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. It can all seem overwhelming at first, but it will get easier with time and knowledge. Try these approaches to help make daily diabetes care more manageable from day 1. 1. Learn Everything You Can Treatment options, blood sugar highs and lows, carb counting, ketones, dealing with sick days, how to manage diabetes at school. Read books, join support groups and online forums, talk…

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10 Surprising Things That Can Spike Your Blood Sugar

10 Surprising Things That Can Spike Your Blood Sugar

When you first found out you had diabetes, you tested your blood sugar often. Doing so helped you understand how food, activity, stress, and illness could affect your blood sugar levels. By now, you’ve got it figured out for the most part. But then—bam! Something makes your blood sugar zoom up. You try to adjust it with food or activity or insulin, and it dips really low. You’re on a roller coaster no one with diabetes wants to…

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Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Prevented? Yes! You can prevent or delay type 2 diabetes with proven, achievable lifestyle changes—such as losing a small amount of weight and getting more physically active—even if you’re at high risk. Read on to find out about CDC’s lifestyle change program and how you can join. What is Prediabetes? Before developing type 2 diabetes, most people have prediabetes; their blood sugar is higher than normal but not high enough yet for a…

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Manage Blood Sugar

Manage Blood Sugar

It’s important to keep your blood sugar levels in your target range as much as possible to help prevent or delay long-term, serious health problems, such as heart disease, vision loss, and kidney disease. Staying in your target range can also help improve your energy and mood. Find answers below to common questions about blood sugar for people with diabetes. How can I check my blood sugar? Use a blood sugar meter (also called a glucometer) or a…

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The Facts, Stats, and Impacts of Diabetes

The Facts, Stats, and Impacts of Diabetes

Chances are, you know someone with diabetes. It may be a friend, a family member, or even you. And because the best way to prevent or manage any harmful health condition is to be informed, we want to help you be in the know. Learn about the facts, stats, and impacts of diabetes. The year 2021 marked the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin. Before insulin was discovered, people with diabetes didn’t live long lives….

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