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Effectively managing your Diabetes can be a daunting task. Here are some simple steps you need to follow to help better manage your Diabetes.
Blood glucose (blood sugar) is an essential measure of your health. Keeping your blood glucose levels as close to normal as possible can be a lifesaver. Tight control can prevent or slow the progress of many complications of diabetes, giving you extra years of healthy, active life. Choose the best meter for your needs, and make sure you know how to use it correctly. Keep a daily log and help your healthcare provider assess your diabetes treatment plan.
Knowing what to eat can be confusing. Everywhere you turn, there is news about what is or isn't good for you. Here are a few tips on making healthful food choices for you and your entire family.
In type 1 diabetes, your pancreas stops making insulin or makes so little insulin that you need to take insulin to live.
Some people with type 2 diabetes can manage their diabetes with healthy eating and exercise. However, your doctor may need to also prescribe oral medications (pills) and/or insulin to help you meet your target blood glucose levels. Diabetes is a progressive disease - even if you don't need to treat your diabetes with medications at first, you may need to over time. Discuss which treatment options are right for you with your healthcare team.
The first treatment for type 2 diabetes blood glucose (sugar) control is often meal planning, weight loss, and exercising. Sometimes these measures are not enough to bring blood glucose levels down near the normal range. The next step is taking a medicine that lowers blood glucose levels.
Some oral medications are a combination of two different types of diabetes medicines. These pills allow you to get the benefits of both medications to help lower blood glucose levels. For example, you may take a combination of medications that helps the pancreas release more insulin and also helps the cells to become more sensitive to the insulin.
This combination effect may help to control your blood glucose levels better than just one medication. In order to safely and effectively understand and adhere to your medication schedule, it is important for you to understand the name of your medication(s), the right dosage and how often you should take your pills. Write down this information, and keep it in your purse or wallet so that you can always have it on hand. Discuss your medication plan with your diabetes healthcare professional.
Having the flu can be dangerous for anyone. But it is extra risky for people with diabetes or other chronic health problems. In general, every person with diabetes needs a flu shot each year. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about getting a flu shot. Flu shots do not give 100% protection, but they do make it much harder for you to catch the flu for about 6 months.
For further information on these as well as other topics visit American Diabetes Association's website at diabetes.org.
At Adams Drugs service is our trademark. Locally owned and operated since 1962, we work hard everyday to make sure that our patients understand the use of their medicine to lead better and healthier lives. Unlike most drugstores, you won't find cigarettes or beer for sale. What you will find are a friendly, knowledgeable staff that have time to talk to you about your prescriptions and over-the-counter items.
We have ten convenient locations. Seven in Montgomery, which include: Adams Drugs Central on Adams Avenue, Adams Drugs East on Mitchell Drive, Adams Drugs South on McGehee Road, Adams Drugs on Taylor Road, Adams Drugs on Perry Hill Road, Adams Drugs on Vaughn Road, and Adams Drugs Medicine on Time. We are also located in Prattville, Wetumpka, and in Millbrook and we offer city-wide delivery.
Visit one of our convenient locations for the prompt, friendly service Montgomery has counted on for more than 50 years.
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