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Blood Sugar Testing
Blood Sugar Testing Monitoring your blood sugar level can help you control your diabetes and your risk for developing complications such as eye or kidney disease. View this video and learn how and why checking your blood sugar regularly plays an important role in diabetes management.
Diabetes, Type 1
Diabetes, Type 1 Type 1 diabetes is a disease of the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas that results in the inability of the body to metabolize nutrients normally. Type 1 diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin. Insulin is a hormone produced by special cells in the pancreas called beta cells. In most individuals with type 1 diabetes, beta cells are destroyed by the body's own natural defense system, the immune system. Open Video Transcript
Diabetes, Type 2
Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes is a chronic disease that keeps the body from turning food into energy. Early in type 2 diabetes, cells in the body do not respond well to insulin. This is known as insulin resistance. Insulin is produced by the pancreas and is needed to take glucose from the bloodstream into the cells, where it is used as fuel. If cells cannot respond to insulin, or if insulin is not produced, the body cannot use the energy from food. Open Video Transcript
Foot Care for People with Diabetes
Foot Care for People with Diabetes Maintaining normal blood sugar levels helps to prevent diabetic foot problems: nerve damage, poor circulation, and infection. This video demonstrates how to do daily foot care that can impact the development of these complications.
Kidney Care for People with Diabetes
Kidney Care for People with Diabetes The delicate filtering network in your kidneys can be damaged over time by uncontrolled blood sugar, making it more difficult for your body to remove waste materials. This video explains why it's important to have your urine tested for protein if you have diabetes. It also offers other recommendations to help prevent kidney damage.
Pre-Diabetes
Pre-Diabetes Pre-diabetes means your blood sugar level is above normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Pre-diabetes increases the risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The good news is, with healthy lifestyle changes, you can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Take action; watch this video to find out more about what you can do.