Alternative Names Insulin-dependent diabetes; Juvenile onset diabetes; Diabetes - type 1 Treatment The immediate goals of treatment are to treat diabetic ketoacidosis and high blood glucose levels. Because type 1 diabetes can come on suddenly and the symptoms can be severe, newly diagnosed people may need to stay in the hospital. The long-term goals of treatment are to: Reduce symptoms Prevent diabetes-related complications such as blindness, kidney failure, nerve damage, amputation of limbs, and heart disease You are the most important person in managing your diabetes. You should know the basic steps to diabetes management: How to recognize and treat low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) How to recognize and treat high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) Diabetes meal planning How to give insulin How to monitor blood glucose and urine ketones How to adjust insulin and food intake during exercise How to handle sick days Where to buy diabetes supplies and how to store them INSULIN Insulin lowers blood sugar by allowi...
One of my neighbors gave me an old home-health book called Know Thyself. It was published in 1911, and the introduction says, "To this book, father and mother can go as a rich treasure-house for wealth of knowledge and wisdom to guide and direct their children." The authors caution mother and father to keep the book away from "tender youth," as it mentions salacious topics such as marriage and child-bearing. But I figured that now that I'm on Medicare, I might be allowed to read it, and I went to the index to see what they said about diabetes in 1911. This was about 10 years before the discovery of insulin. The best drug treatment for diabetes, they suggest, is opium, or the opium derivative codeine, which should be given in increasing doses to 3 grains 3 times a day. I sort of thought hanging out in an opium den would be more interesting than taking pills, but I looked in the Yellow Pages and couldn't find any opium dens listed in my a...
The advice we get from our doctors usually makes medical sense. But following it is not easy.
You know: Eat less. Exercise more. Stick yourself with needles. Hey, that's no fun.
On the other hand, the advice we get from Quack Gretchen, MD (no relation, of course) usually makes no sense whatsoever. But at least it's painless. Here are some her recent responses to questions you all wanted to ask but were to shy to ask your doctor.
Q. My CDE keeps tell me to lose Wade. At least I think that's what she said. Wade is my favorite grandson, and I really don't want to lose him, but yesterday I misplaced him. Will that work just as well?
A. Diabetes can be precipitated by too much Wade. You know. You're married to Wade. Your father-in-law is named Wade. His father is named Wade. Your son and six cousins are named Wade. That's simply too much Wade, and trying to keep track of who the conversation is about is stressful, which can lead to diabetes.
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