The ABCs of Diabetes
A Diabetes Educator Answers Common Questions
Learning the basics about diabetes is the first step to living a healthy life. The Diabetes Education Program at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals provides patients with the skills for proper diabetes management. Michelle McBride, diabetes educator for both hospitals, answers a few common questions about diabetes.
Q. What are the common symptoms of diabetes?
Diabetes symptoms can vary, but some of the most common symptoms are frequent urination, unusual thirst, extreme hunger, weight loss and fatigue.
Q. What is the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes?
Those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes do not produce insulin. In type 2 diabetes, the body does not produce enough insulin or the cells ignore the insulin. The body breaks down sugar and starches into glucose, which fuels our cells. The insulin carries the glucose to the cells. The good news is that there are ways to manage both types of diabetes.
Q. What simple lifestyle changes can individuals with diabetes make to avoid complications?
People with diabetes are encouraged to exercise regularly upon their physician’s approval. Regular physical activity improves the body’s response to insulin and will lower blood sugar levels. It is important to check blood sugar levels before, during and after exercise and to drink plenty of fluids. Healthy eating is also important. It’s not just what a person eats, but also how much is eaten that can affect the body’s blood sugar level. Carbohydrates can affect blood sugar levels more than protein or fat. Eating the same amount of carbohydrates each day will help keep blood sugar levels steady.
Get With The Program
Interested in learning more about diabetes management? The Diabetes Education Program at Shady Grove Adventist and Washington Adventist Hospitals provides comprehensive education and training by certified diabetes educators to help patients learn and manage all aspects of diabetes care, including:
- Blood glucose tests
- Prevention of short-term and long-term complications
- Medication guidance
- Food/eating education
- Foot care
- Physical activity recommendations
- Goal setting, coping and stress management
Call 800-542-5096 or visit www.adventisthealthcare.com/diabetes for more information or to register for the program..