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What To Do When You Are Diagnosed With Diabetes

Have you recently been diagnosed with diabetes? With the progress that endocrinology clinical trials have made and new advances in the medical field, we are able to diagnose diabetes in an earlier state, which can help those with the disease find ways to move forward with their health. Here are some helpful tips and information as you move forward.

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What is Diabetes?

The most common forms are diabetes are type 1 and type 2. Some pregnant women can get gestational diabetes, which typically ends when the baby has been born. The last form is prediabetes, which is when diabetes has been detected early in its development.

Type 1

Type 1 diabetes is a chronic condition where the pancreas produces little to no insulin. “Insulin is a peptide hormone produced by beta cells of the pancreatic islets; it is considered to be the main anabolic hormone of the body. It regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein by promoting the absorption of glucose from the blood into liver, fat and skeletal muscle cells. ” – Wikipedia

Type 1 is typically diagnosed in children rather than an adult, as they have most likely were born with it. Symptoms can include: increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. Treatment aims at maintaining normal blood sugar levels through regular monitoring, insulin therapy, diet, and exercise. If you or your child has been diagnosed with Type 1 there is hope and help. Ascencia is a company that helps diabetes. For more information about Ascencia, please check out these pages: and

Type 2

Most people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are adults. This form is when the body no longer responds to insulin, they can become resistant to insulin making their blood glucose levels unmanageable. Instead, the glucose (sugar) in your blood stays in the blood and isn’t used up as the fuel your body needs it to be. This form of diabetes is typically found in obese adults. Symptoms can include increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, fatigue, and blurred vision. Occasionally there may be no symptoms at all. Some treatments are diet, exercise, medication, and insulin therapy. If you have been recently diagnosed, if your health care provider agrees, start with light to moderate exercise. Walking is a great way to get moving without becoming too difficult on your body.

Insulin and Medication

With Type 1 ” You will need to take insulin several times during the day, including with meals. You also could use an insulin pump, which gives you small, steady doses throughout the day.” – NIDDK

With Type 2 “Some people with type 2 diabetes can manage their disease by making healthy food choices and being more physically active. Many people with type 2 diabetes need diabetes medicines as well. These medicines may include diabetes pills or medicines you inject under your skin, such as insulin. In time, you may need more than one diabetes medicine to control your blood glucose. Even if you do not take insulin, you may need it at special times, such as during pregnancy or if you are in the hospital.” – NIDDK

If you decide to look into healthy food choices that are also natural blood thinners you could potentially look at turmeric supplements if this interests you. If you are prescribed insulin it may come in different forms. A needle and syringe were what my mother used to use daily. Now, with advances in technology, she uses a pump. You wear a pump and it slowly gives your body the insulin throughout the day. The small needle stays in your skin and will stay in for several days. The needle is connected to the pump. Many pumps can be read remotely by your medical provider.

As for oral medication, you will see there are many brands and forms now available. Talk to your primary care doctor and your diabetic doctor to see if there are any oral medications you may need to start taking.

The Content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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