Managing Diabetes

Over time, uncontrolled diabetes may cause serious complications including heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and nerve damage. Keeping blood glucose levels close to normal is the key to preventing these health problems.

You should monitor your glucose levels regularly and get familiar with your pattern of glucose readings at different times of the day. Regular self-monitoring provides valuable information that your health care team can use to make decisions about medication and insulin, and improve control of your diabetes.

Checking your blood glucose also helps prevent immediate problems that can result from glucose levels that are too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia). Both problems can be serious, if not treated right away.

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