Diabetes Center of Education
Managing a medical condition such as diabetes sometimes takes an extra hand. Whether you're newly diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with it for some time, our certified diabetes educators provide you with the information and tools to better manage your diabetes.
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Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy. There are three main types of diabetes:
- Type 1 Diabetes: The body is insulin-dependent and this type of diabetes is an autoimmune disease
- Type 2 Diabetes: The body doesn’t make enough insulin or the body’s cells don’t respond normally to the insulin.
- Gestational Diabetes: This type develops in some women during their pregnancy and usually goes away after pregnancy.
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Managing Your Diabetes
Diabetes affects your whole body. To best manage diabetes, you’ll need to take steps to keep your risk factors under control and within the normal range, including:
- Keep your blood glucose levels as near to normal as possible by following a diet plan, taking prescribed medication and increasing your activity level.
- Maintain your blood cholesterol (HDL and LDL levels) and triglyceride levels as near the normal ranges as possible.
- Control your blood pressure. Your blood pressure should not be over 140/90 mmHg.
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