HbA1c readings are an average measurement of how well controlled glucose levels have been over the past two to three months. The term HbA1c stands for glycosylated hemoglobin. It develops when hemoglobin joins with glucose in the blood, becoming glycosylated. Find out more by watching this video.
How to Reduce Your A1c
There are many benefits from reducing HbA1c levels. They include improving your overall health and wellbeing to reducing the possibility of long-term complications. The best time to reduce your HbA1c levels is immediately after eating. Click on this video to learn more.
Diabetes: Testing your blood glucose level
For a person suffering with diabetes, the importance of regular testing for blood glucose cannot be underestimated. Remember to check your levels at least four times a day including before and after meals. Wash and dry your hands with warm water thoroughly before testing blood. This will aid the ease of blood flow before testing. Watch this video for more information.
Diabetes: Your blood glucose target range
Glucose is present in your body to be used as a source of energy. However, as a person with diabetes, you have to regulate the amount of glucose in your bloodstream. Your doctor can help you determine the best level within which to maintain blood glucose level. Factors taken into consideration are your age, lifestyle and the state of your health. Watch this video to learn more.
Diabetes in dogs is caused by excessive sugar in the blood stream. The symptoms of diabetes in dogs are insatiable thirst, frequent urge to urinate, tiredness and urge to sleep. Watch this video to learn more about symptoms of diabetes in dogs.
Dog Diabetes – Daily Life
If your dog has been diagnosed with diabetes the next step is managing it. In dogs this involves regular doses of insulin to help reduce the blood sugar level. This will help combat the effects of diabetes such as the urge to urinate and lethargy.
Dog Diabetes – Diet and Exercise
Another important aspect of managing canine diabetes is diet and exercise. Your dog has to be put on a healthy diet to manage his blood glucose level. Regular exercise is also needed. Watch this video to learn more about the importance of diet an exercise in dogs.
Dog Diabetes – How to Give Insulin Injections
It is easy to give your dog an injection. As insulin needs to be refrigerated, retrieve the insulin and roll it in your hands to warm it up and mix the insulin. Next draw the insulin into the syringe. Injecting your pet is easy. Find out more in this video.
Dog Diabetes – How to Monitor Blood Glucose Levels
It is necessary that you regularly monitor your canine friend’s blood glucose level. Once you have gotten all the materials required to carry out the process, start by rubbing the part of the body you wish to inject. This will help increase blood flow. A tiny prick with a little pressure is all that is needed to produce the drop of blood needed for the test. Watch to learn more.
Dog Diabetes – Questions and Answers from a Veterinarian
There are many frequently asked questions on canine diabetes. Canine diabetes mellitus is characterized by decreased amount of insulin in the blood stream. This is similar to type 1 diabetes. Its symptoms are increased hunger, thirst, frequency of urination and increased tiredness. Click on this video to answer all of your questions on canine diabetes.
The amount of glucose in your blood can be managed with a healthy diet and exercise and also medication. This is determined by many factors such as your general health, type of diabetes and medication you take. Food raises your blood glucose level. Diet exercise and medication balances it. Your goal is to keep a balance. Watch for more information.
Natural Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Diabetes
It is clear that diabetes occurs when there is excess glucose in the bloodstream. There are useful home remedies to help you with your diabetes. One of these is to remove the skin and seeds of 4-5 bitter gourds and drink its juice on an empty stomach every morning. Find out more by watching this video.
Content Claim & Percentage Value
As a person with diabetes, it is important to go through the content of your food and beverage before purchase. For example, your yogurt should be about 90-100 calories. Find out about this and more in this short clip.
Taking a Closer Look at Labels
Serving size is the information on the package detailing the contents of the product. Note that serving size represents a single serving and not the total content of the product. The contents in these products are shown in grams or milligrams. The percentages contained are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Insulin works as a key to the cell, helping to open up its doors to glucose. However where the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin and the body is resistant to it, then Insulin shots may be recommended. Although they may at first have been able to regulate their blood sugar level with regular exercise and a healthy diet, most people with type 2 diabetes will end up needing to take Insulin at some point. Watch this video to learn more.
Types of insulin
Depending on your work schedule, there are different kinds of insulin to serve your needs. Whilst rapid acting insulin is taken right before or after eating a meal, short acting insulin is taken thirty minutes before eating. Watch this video to find out more about the different types of insulin to fit your work schedule.
Benefits of insulin
The benefits of insulin are numerous. Insulin is the oldest natural drug used in the treatment of diabetes. Insulin helps to regulate blood sugar level, preventing it from rising too high or dropping too low. Watch this video to learn more.
Insulin’s side effects
Insulin on its own rarely causes problems in people with diabetes. However, side effects may occur when insulin is not taken properly. The side effects of insulin include frequent thirst and urge to urinate. On the other hand taking too much insulin can lead to a hypoglycemic reaction. Watch this video to learn more.
Do I really need to be on insulin?
For many people with type 2 diabetes that have lived most of their life without insulin, a frequent question is, “Is insulin really that important?” If your doctor has put you on insulin then you do. Type 2 diabetes comes with two problems, one your body does not produce enough insulin and two it cannot use the insulin it produces effectively. See this video for more information.
Insulin: I’m nervous about injecting myself
At first, most people are scared of injecting themselves. There is no need to be afraid. Insulin needles have been engineered to ensure that you barely feel its presence in your body. You do not need a doctor or another third party to handle your injections for you. Watch this video for more information.
Insulin: I’m afraid of needles
If you are amongst those who feel afraid in the presence of a needle, you certainly will dread having to inject insulin into your bloodstream. However, it is important to note that needles today are very short and thin. It is difficult to feel anything. Watch the video above to learn more.
Where do I inject my insulin?
Most first timers are often unsure of where to inject their insulin. For single insulin shots a day, the belly is the best place to inject it. Not knowing where to inject your insulin can lead to pain and poor insulin absorption. For injecting the belly, divide it into four quarters and inject each quarter a day. Watch this video to know how.
Insulin: How do I dispose of my needles?
Failure to properly dispose of a needle can cause damage to your health and to the environment. Never pick up someone else’s needle and try to recap it as you might prick yourself accidentally. Never flush your used needle or sharp down the toilet. Watch this video to learn more.
Diabetes: Why do I suddenly need insulin?
Often it seems strange how suddenly you need insulin after years of managing just fine with diet and exercise. If your body can manage your diabetes fine with just diet and exercise then insulin is not required. However at some point, your pancreas may stop being able to produce enough insulin and insulin injections may be required. Click on this video to learn more.
Diabetes: Why doesn’t insulin come in a pill?
Has it ever bothered you to know why insulin does not come in a pill like every other drug? This is because insulin is a natural hormone that needs to be injected directly into the bloodstream. If insulin were swallowed as a pill your body will digest it before it can do its job. Watch this video to learn more.
What is cloudy insulin?
There is a difference between clear insulin and cloudy insulin. Cloudy insulin needs to be mixed prior to use. Where your insulin is clear insulin, it should not be cloudy or have particles contained inside. Taking damaged insulin is risky so inspect your insulin before use. Find out more by watching this video.
Diabetes: How to store insulin
Like most medications, insulin can be damaged by temperature. Hence excessively hot or cold weather can damage insulin. Where in cold weather, store your insulin in a bag. In hot weather you could store your cold thermos. Click on the video above to get extra information on how to store your insulin.
Insulin: How do I stay on a schedule?
A schedule is important for people with diabetes. This is to be able to ensure that meals always have the right balance. The ease of staying on a schedule depends on your work. This video aims at showing you how to maintain a schedule even where your work makes you switch between day and night shifts.
What happens when I change timezones?
Changing time zones can throw your blood glucose level off balance. A journey east will give you a shorter travel day whilst a journey west would mean a longer one. Although time changes of less than 2 hours do not require changes in meal plans and insulin shots, longer time changes will. See this video for more information.
Diabetes & Insulin: Can I skip meals?
Is it possible for you to skip meals when you have diabetes? Your blood glucose level could drop to a dangerously low level when you skip meals. This is because your blood glucose levels goes down in between meals and rises back up after you eat. Watch this video to learn more.
Insulin: How will my exercise regime change?
One cannot underestimate the significance of exercise in combating diabetes. Exercise helps in ensuring that your body is more receptive to insulin. It is also important that we find the right balance between exercise,e food and insulin. Click on the video above for additional information.
Insulin: How do I travel safely in a car?
It is important to note that when you have diabetes, a drop in glucose level whilst driving could pose a hazard to yourself and those around you. It is important to check your blood glucose level before you get into the car and every few hours during the trip. The information in the video above would help you enjoy your driving experience.
Diabetes & Insulin: Safe airplane travel
When travelling, it is necessary that you take certain things into consideration for your health safety. One of these is to know whether your new location is equipped enough to handle a diabetic emergency. Talk about your trip with your doctor and make a list of the medications you would require for your trip. See this video to know more.
What happens when I get a cold or flu?
The danger of a cold or flu is increased when you have diabetes. The hormones your body releases to fight the illness when you are sick raise your blood glucose level. Always talk to your doctor to find out which symptoms are serious when you are sick. Click on this video for additional information.
How does diabetes affect my oral hygiene?
Diabetes raises the risk of having teeth and gum infection, fungal infection and poor healing after brushing. This is because your mouth may find it harder to fight off germs and your body may take longer to heal. Failure to adequately take care of your gums and teeth may lead to gingivitis. This may in turn cause your gums to pull away from your teeth. Watch this video to learn more.
Diabetes: Handling hypoglycemia
Hypoglycemia occurs where the blood glucose level is low. These can lead to symptoms such as a headache, tiredness, sweat and cool skin. Should you feel like your blood glucose level is low, eat something sugary and check when your next meal is. If it is more than an hour away, then eat a small snack to prevent another low blood glucose level. Watch this video to learn more.
There are various complications that may result from diabetes. This is so because people with diabetes are at a higher risk of health problems than normal people. This is a basic overview on the nature of the different complications that may result from high blood glucose level over a long period of time.
Blindness and blurry vision (Retinopathy)
Retinopathy is a scientific term given to blindness and blurry vision. Diabetic retinopathy as the name suggests, is a problem faced by people with diabetes. This is caused by damage to the blood vessels of the retina. Watch this video to understand its causes, symptoms and how this can be treated and prevented.
Diabetes: Nerve damage (Neuropathy)
Diabetic neuropathy is damage to the nerves caused by diabetes. This can result in a tingling sensation and numbness of the lower leg. There are various ways diabetic neuropathy can be treated or controlled. Watch to learn more.
Diabetes: How do I know if I have nerve damage?
Nerve damage is common amongst people with diabetes. By managing your blood glucose level, you can manage the effect of nerve damage. Amongst the early signs of nerve damage are numbness of the feet and a tingling sensation. More information is contained in the video above.
Diabetes: Kidney Disease
There are various health complications that are associated with diabetes. Kidney disease is one of them. By controlling and managing your blood glucose level you can effectively prevent or delay kidney disease. Watch to learn more.
Diabetes: Foot care
It is important that a person with diabetes care for his feet everyday. This is more so for people with neuropathy who do not feel pain when they injure their feet. Here is a short clip on how to prevent foot injuries by caring for your feet.
Diabetes: Am I at risk for heart disease?
How do you know if you are at risk of a heart disease? Persons with diabetes are twice more likely to have a heart disease than normal people. By losing weight, checking blood pressure, watching cholesterol intake and eating healthy, you will be able to prevent a heart disease. Here is an opportunity to learn more.
Diabetes: What do I do during a heart attack?
A heart attack is caused where cholesterol and other fatty substances clog the arteries. When the flow of blood is eventually cut off, a heart attack is triggered. Should anyone suffer from a heart attack around you don’t hesitate to call 911. Watch the clip above for more information.
Diabetes: Heart disease and stroke
Heart disease and stroke are more common in people with diabetes than in people without. There are various ways by which you can decrease the odds of a heart disease or stroke. Such include a healthy diet plan and regular exercise. More information is contained in this video.
Diabetes: What causes a stroke?
What would you do if a stroke happens to anyone around you? There are various warning signs of a stroke. One of the most common is slurred speech. Should anyone suffer from a stroke around you call 911. It is important that the victim gets to the hospital within three hours. Check out this video to know more.
Fruits and vegetables are good for a person with diabetes. These are important in maintaining a healthy diet. With the right foods a person with diabetes can lead a long and healthy life. Watch this video to learn more about the best fruits and vegetables for a healthy diet.
Diabetes Diet: Healthy snacks
Is there really a healthy way to snack? Snacking need not be all junk food. This short clip reshapes how we think of snaking and introduces us to a more healthy way of doing so. This is important in maintaining your overall health.
Diabetes Management: Healthy Eating
Learn how to practice self-management through healthy eating. Many people fear that they will have to change their entire lifestyle as a result of diabetes. This is untrue. However, you do have to develop a healthy eating plan and know what foods to avoid. Watch to learn more.
Diabetes Basics: Create Your Plate
It is crucial that you grasp the meaning of the term ‘creating your plate.’ By creating an imaginary line running down the middle of your plate with one side divided again into two more sections, you can create a healthy meal. This method of eating can help you maintain your blood sugar levels. You will find out more by watching this video.
Putting Together a Gluten-Free Meal
Learn how to maintain a gluten free diet. To regulate your blood glucose level you have to discover how to control your diet and weight and have fun whilst doing so. This has a lot to do with assigning the right portions of what your body needs to your plate. Watch this video for more information.
Meal replacements are substitutes for solid food meals that we can use to plan our diet. There are different types of meal replacements with diverse purposes. Watch this video to learn more about the recommended meal replacements.
Diabetes Basics: Eating Out
You can eat healthy even when eating out. Thinking about what you’re eating, when you are eating and how much you are eating does this. Here you will learn more about the food options that can help you maintain a healthy diet plan when eating out.
Diabetes: Why is oatmeal heart-healthy?
Did you know that oatmeal reduces the risk of heart disease by reducing the amount of cholesterol that gets into your intestines? With added benefits for people with diabetes, this short clip will make you take oatmeal seriously, if you haven’t already.
Diabetes: About your diet: Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates have an important role to play in our body as it is a source of energy. However, a person with diabetes must regulate his carbohydrates. Here you will learn how this can be done and the importance of doing so.
Diabetes: Salt and cholesterol
Although the risk of heart disease and stroke is higher in people with diabetes, this can be controlled by maintaining a healthy diet low in salt and fat. Learn more about the distinction between bad fats and good fats thereby helping you plan your diet.
Diabetes affects millions of people across the globe. You are said to be suffering from diabetes when your body is prevented from making enough insulin and using it properly. Insulin is made by the pancreas to move glucose out of your blood and into your cells. Watch this video to learn more.
What is prediabetes?
Prediabetes occur when your blood glucose level is higher than normal but not high enough to mean that you have diabetes. It is often called impaired glucose tolerance or impaired fasting glucose. You are more at risk of prediabetes if you are over forty, overweight, have a history of diabetes in your family or of Aborigine, Hispanic, African or Asian descent. This video will show you more.
Understanding what causes Diabetes
Although finding out that you have diabetes may be scary there is no reason to panic. People with diabetes are more than capable of leading long and healthy lives. There are two basic ways by which a person may diabetes. The first way is where the pancreas does not produce sufficient amount of insulin to match the sugar entering the blood stream. The other will be better explained by the video above.
Causes of Diabetes
Whenever carbohydrates are consumed, the body breaks them down into glucose. In a normal body, the pancreas produces insulin that serves as a key opening the doors of the cells to receive this glucose. In a person with diabetes, the story is slightly altered. Watch this video to find out more.
Signs and symptoms of Diabetes
Usually when people have diabetes they suddenly discover that they are losing weight without trying or urinating more than usual. They also experience frequent thirst or tiredness, blurry vision, dry or itchy skin, tingling sensations in the hands and sores that do not heal well. Weight loss in diabetes usually occurs in people with type 1 diabetes as the body tries to derive its energy for fat since it cannot lay its hands on sugar. This video contains more information.
Know If You’re at Risk of Diabetes
Diabetes occurs where the body is produce enough insulin or have it function properly. Most people have no idea that they have diabetes. The common symptoms of diabetes are increased thirst, increased urination, weight loss despite good diet, burred vision, nerve pain in hands and feet. This video has extra tidbits of information.
Diabetes: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment
This video uses artistic imagery to explain what causes diabetes. It also lists the symptoms normally associated with diabetes, how diabetes may be diagnosed and ways of treating diabetes. This is a must watch video for all wanting to learn the basics of diabetes and how it may be treated.
Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes is one of the two main types of diabetes. This condition occurs where the body produces little or no insulin preventing glucose from entering the cells and being converted into energy. It remains in the bloodstream as a result. A person with type 1 diabetes should take steps to monitor his blood glucose level. Click on this video for more instructions.
Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes occurs when your pancreas does not produce enough insulin and your cells are more resistant to the insulin being produced. This means it is more difficult for glucose to enter your cells. This leads to high blood glucose level. Watch this video to learn more.
Difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes
Most of those diagnosed with type 1 are diagnosed as adolescents and teenagers whilst those with type 2 are diagnosed as adults. However, both types of diabetes can be controlled with regular exercise as well as maintaining a healthy diet.
Understanding Gestational Diabetes
Did you know that there are approximately 200,000 cases of gestational diabetes in the United States annually? As gestational diabetes affects both the woman and her baby, that is 400,000 people annually. Gestational diabetes occurs in women in the late stages of their pregnancy. It occurs when the blood contains a high glucose level. More information can be found in this video.
Diabetes During Pregnancy
Gestational diabetes occurs when the pancreas cannot make enough insulin for pregnancy. Although gestational diabetes is temporary, it has a tendency to develop into type 1 and type 2 diabetes. One of the safest ways of combating gestational diabetes is following a healthy meal plan. Watch this video to find out more.
Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia
Hypoglycemia occurs when your glucose level is too low. On the other hand, hyperglycemia occurs when blood glucose gets too high. This can cause damage to parts of your body. Keeping your blood glucose level in balance, neither too low nor high, can prevent hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. Watch this video to find out more.
Don Francisco, the renowned TV show host, is launching a new website called “Cuida Tu Don” which is about how you and your family can prevent diabetes. He is taking this initiative because he knows how dangerous this chronic disease is and wants others to know about it too.
Diabetes is amongst the most harmful diseases for the Latinos. Almost 12.8% people of Hispanic origin suffer from diabetes. It is believed that the Latinos have a tendency to suffer from this disease because of genetic transfer.
The Latin host was diagnosed with diabetes type 2, 14 years ago, and that is why he felt that he needed to spread the message of the dangers of this disease. On his website, Don can be found interviewing various people from doctors to diabetic patients talking about diabetes, its causes, prevention and controlling blood sugar levels. Don says that the videos and contents on his website are very helpful as you can know about the warning symptoms and get knowledge about taking control of you blood sugar levels, if you already have diabetes.
Taking inspiration from one of the questions asked by the interviewee of Saludify, Don has considered undertaking a new initiative. He plans to encourage young people to get their elder family member- parents or grandparents- to get an early check for any signs of diabetes. He thinks of the idea, to target the young generation, as a good one. He further adds that he would ask his crew members to dedicate a section on how the youth can persuade their families into thinking differently about diabetes.
Mofitt Cancer Centre had done a research on Hispanic and non-Hispanics. The study was done in order to see the amount of trust they have on doctors, and without any surprise, the Hispanic (older generation and non-college- educated) complained about having been treated as the subjects of medical experiment by the doctors; whereas the non-Hispanics complained about no such thing. The same is can be concluded about the check-up regarding diabetes. The distrust on doctors leads to lesser people going for an examination.
When asked about how he was so fit even after acquiring the disease he replied by telling us his daily routine which involves eating healthy and living healthy. He takes 6 meals a day, checks his blood sugar level, controls on his diet and makes sure to exercise regularly. He says that he religiously follows what his doctor tells him to do and that has kept him going for so long.
You can find more on his website about diabetes: what does it do to your body, how can you prevent it, or balance the blood sugar level in your body. If you go and check this website out, we are sure that you will have something or the other to learn from this informative website created to help the millions of people who are suffering. This website is for everyone: for those who have diabetes and also for those who don’t.
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