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Printable Diabetic Blood Sugar Log~Link Share

Keeping track of your blood glucose levels is essential in managing your diabetes. Below is a printable log that can be printed and used at home.

This log keeps all your data and numbers neat and legible.

With this diabetes blog sugar log, you can track your blood sugars before and after each meal and prior to bedtime. Along with the foods you’re intaking and how much insulin being dosed.

Technology is so helpful but if you’re struggling to manage your diabetes, sometimes writing it down and seeing it on paper makes all the difference!

You can even bring this with you to your next Endocrinologist appointment!

https://thediabeticjourney.com/blood-sugar-log/

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Different Kinds of Diabetes~6 types

The 6 Different Types of Diabetes

Mar 5, 2018 | Awareness https://thediabeticjourney.com/the-6-different-types-of-diabetes/

The 6 Different Types of Diabetes:

It’s not often that people will know about the 6 different types of diabetes, let alone the most common: type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Due to the complexity of the condition, it’s hard to properly diagnosis and distinguish between the different types of diabetes. But with more precise groupings, it will aid diagnosis and help towards responsive treatment.

Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that was once known as juvenile diabetes. Type 1 Diabetes occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing (beta) cells in the pancreas. Approximately 5% of people with diabetes have this form. Symptoms can come on suddenly and progressively worsen. Symptoms of Type 1 Diabetes include Increased Thirst, Frequent Urination, Bed-wetting (in children), Extreme Hunger, Weight Loss, Irritability, Fatigue, Weakness, and Blurred vision. (If you notice these symptoms seek medical attention right away). People with Type 1 Diabetes need to inject insulin every day in order for the glucose they eat to be used for energy. Diet and/or exercise is NOT a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. There is no known cure, but researchers believe genetics and environmental factors play a factor.

Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes is a metabolic condition where the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or becomes resistant to it. Type 2 is the most common form and occurs in approximately 90% of people with diabetes. It can sometimes be controlled with proper diet and exercise, or a drug to enhance sensitivity to the body’s insulin production. But sometimes natural insulin production is insufficient and insulin injections are then needed to sustain normal blood glucose levels. You are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if you are age 45 or older, have a family history of diabetes, or are overweight or obese.

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes is a form of diabetes that is diagnosed during pregnancy. Approximately 2-5% of women pregnant women will develop this condition. Gestational Diabetes is normally detected in the middle of the pregnancy around 24 to 28 weeks. A glucose test will be conducted by giving the patient a sweet liquid to drink. If higher than normal glucose levels are detected in the urine, further testing will be done to verify if the patient is producing enough insulin. Once there is a proper diagnosis, the patient can manage diabetes with proper diet, exercise, and monitoring blood glucose levels. If treated effectively, there is little risk of complications. Women with gestational diabetes can have healthy babies and the condition (normally) goes away after delivery.

LADA

LADA stands for Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood. Like Type 1 Diabetes, LADA or (Type 1.5) occurs when the body stops producing adequate insulin. The difference is LADA progresses slowly and insulin may still be produced even after diagnosis. LADA is usually diagnosed in adulthood. LADA often gets confused and misdiagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes because of the same symptoms. Proper diagnosis of LADA is difficult and requires proficient testing of antibodies. The treatment of LADA patients will be similar to Type 1 Diabetes once insulin production is gone completely.

MODY

MODY or (Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young) is a rare form of diabetes. MODY is caused by a mutation or change in a single gene disrupting insulin production. MODY affects 1-2% of people with diabetes. It is normally diagnosed in ages 20 and younger but can affect any age. MODY is a dominant genetic condition meaning a gene can be inherited and passed down by either mother or father. There are 11 different types of diabetes (MODY) and diagnosis will determine different treatment. MODY 1, 3, and 4 can be managed with a type of medicine called sulfonylurea therapy. MODY 2 can be treated with a proper diet and exercise. MODY 5 may need multiple treatments because it can affect other health problems. MODY 7-11 were recently discovered and patients will likely respond to treatments given to other types of MODY.

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Diabetes -Can It Be Cured?

Diabetes is a condition that affects blood sugar levels and causes many serious health problems if left untreated or uncontrolled. There is no cure for diabetes, but it can go into remission. People can manage it with medication and lifestyle changes.

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that develops when the body destroys the cells in the pancreas that produce insulin. This means that people with type 1 diabetes do not make insulin. Without insulin, the body cannot regulate the amount of glucose in the blood.

People with type 2 diabetes develop a decreased sensitivity to insulin, which means the body does not make or use as much insulin as it needs. It is the more common of the two main types.

This article reviews therapies and lifestyle changes that can help reduce the effects of diabetes on a person’s health.

Is diabetes curable?

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While diabetes is incurable, a person can stay in remission for a long time.

No cure for diabetes currently exists, but the disease can go into remission.

When diabetes goes into remission, it means that the body does not show any signs of diabetes, although the disease is technically still present.

Doctors have not come to a final consensus on what exactly constitutes remission, but they all include A1C levels below 6 percent as a significant factor. A1C levels indicate a person’s blood sugar levels over 3 months.

According to Diabetes Care, remission can take different forms:

  • Partial remission: When a person has maintained a blood glucose level lower than that of a person with diabetes for at least 1 year without needing to use any diabetes medication.
  • Complete remission: When the blood glucose level returns to normal levels completely outside of the range of diabetes or prediabetes and stays there for at least 1 year without any medications.
  • Prolonged remission: When complete remission lasts for at least 5 years.

Even if a person maintains normal blood sugar levels for 20 years, a doctor would still consider their diabetes to be in remission rather than cured.

Achieving diabetes remission can be as simple as making changes to an exercise routine or diet.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/317074.php

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