What is Diabetes:

Diabetes mellitus is a group of diseases impacting how your body processes blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is an important source of energy used by your bodies cells, muscles and tissues as well as your brain’s primary source of power/fuel. Coronavirus has been linked to creating blood clots, and diabetes, which in turn increase the risk of stroke or further heart disease.

Prepare for Visit with Your Doctor

Symptoms
Indicators of Low or High Blood Sugar
  • Confused, light-headed dizziness
  • Difficulty breathing
  • General feeling of nospecific unwellness
  • Exhausted, low energy, and tired
  • Need to urinate more than usual
  • Ravenously hungry or thirsty
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach pain
  • sweaty or feeling shaky
Low Blood SugarHigh Blood Sugar
1. Eat or drink something sweet (4 glucose tablets, 4 teaspons sugar, 7 hard candies, 1/2 cup juice or regular soda
2. Wait 15 Minutes
3. Recheck blood sugar. If still low call healthcare team.
4. If no longer low, eat a light snack if it will be an hour before the next meal.
1. Stay hydrated, drink more water
2. Follow Treatment Plan for High blood sugar
3. Review possible causes for why blood sugars are greater than 200
4. Determine high blood sugar corrective action treatment.
Checklist for Managing Diabetes

[ ] Take Medication

[ ] Check blood sugar when low or high, when sick, or before driving (blood sugar should be at least 100 before driving)

[ ] Exercise

[ ] Eat regular healthy meals

[ ] Carry source of sugar in purse or wallet

[ ] Check feet and skin every day

[ ] Continue Diabetes Education Annually

[ ] Develop Sick Day Diabetes Management Plan

Diet

Getting started, I created a profile on MyDiabetesDiet, based upon my preferences. Then I started reading up on what are good an bad choices.

Supplements and Herbs
  • Alpha-lipoic acid (ALA)
  • Bitter Melon
  • Cayenne
  • Chromium
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green Tea
  • Magnesium
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Resveratrol
  • Sage
  • Tumeric
  • Vitamin B1
Exercise and Health
Social Networks and Resources for Diabetes

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