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Diabetes Care

Some things that need to be done when you or someone you know is diagnosed with diabetes:
Check you Blood Glucose
This is the most important thing. A blood glucose test measures the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in your blood. Normally, your blood glucose levels increase after a meal. This increase causes your pancreas to release insulin so that your blood glucose levels do not get too high. Blood glucose levels that remain high over time can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels. 

The chart below is to give you an idea of where your blood glucose level should be throughout the day. 

Time of Test Ideal for Adults With Diabetes
Before meals 90-130 mg/dL
Before bedtime snack Less than 180 mg/dL
*Source: American Diabetes Association, 2005
Try to exercise daily. By exercising every day it helps with a lot more then just your diabetes. It helps with your heart, weight and can help with stress. Most importantly for people with diabetes it can help you burn up the glucose in your blood which in turn causes the glucose levels to drop. 
Watch you Feet
Foot problems are often the most serious of all the problems associated with diabetes. Check them daily for any problems or wounds that do not heal. If any are found call your doctor immediately. 
Drink Plenty of Water
8 glasses of water a day will provide you with enough fluids and keep you hydrated.
Watch your Diet
Watching what you eat is also very important to controlling your diabetes, not to mention your health in general. Low carbohydrates, fresh vegetables and fish or skinless chicken will help you control glucose levels. 2 to 3 times a week you should eat fish.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is another very important factor in your overall health and well being. Not getting enough sleep has been associated with a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, and if you don't sleep enough your emergency hormones tend to increase your blood glucose levels.

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