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Diagnosed With Diabetes? The Facts You Need To Know

Mar 2, 2008
Diabetes care is difficult and can often seem to intrude upon your quality of life. If you have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, the treatment can be very disheartening. But with medical advances and new technologies, you can expect it to get easier and easier. Also, as you get used to the requirements of diabetes treatment, it will seem like less of a hassle. Here are some of the treatments that those with diabetes must do.

Inside of you is an organ known as the pancreas, and it produces insulin. If you have diabetes (specifically type 2), this insulin does not do its usual job, which is to use glucose that you get from your meals. So when you have diabetes, the sugar from your food is not properly used to power your body. You have to take pills or insulin shots to get everything working properly. Pills will work for a few cases of diabetes, but if it is at all advanced then you'll have to move on to injections.

Insulin will not work if it is in your digestive system, which is why you need to inject it. It has to reach the fat under your skin in order to be effective. Depending on the type and intensity of your diabetes, you may just have to make one injection per day, or you may have to make up to 4. The exact routine is different for every person, since it is altered by many physiological factors.

Beginning diabetes treatment is difficult for many people because of two reasons: the first is the very idea of injections. Nobody likes sticking themselves with a needle. However, if it's necessary to live, then most people can get used to the idea. The 2nd reason people are often confounded by diabetes treatment is the idea of maintaining the right glucose levels. You'll deal with many competing factors that are affecting your glucose levels, dragging them up or down. You'll have to figure out how to balance everything and keep a healthy level.

Blood glucose can be affected by many different things. Most commonly it is altered by your diet. If you exercise or are stressed out, it can be drastically changed. If you are sick, or if you disrupt your regular insulin injection routine, then you may also notice a difference. In order to successfully treat your diabetes, you need to learn to use testing supplies to determine your blood glucose level, and then learn when it is an appropriate time to take your next insulin injection.

As you continue with treatment, you will doubtlessly begin to notice patterns. Maybe you'll take an insulin injection at a certain time, and feel more energetic that day. You'll notice things like this, and eventually you'll be able to determine what the best treatment routine is for your specific physiology and your body's needs. Although it is scary at first, just remember that countless people have gone through it before, and you'll doubtlessly be able to figure things out and live a long, happy life.
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