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Diabetes care has become much more common over the last decade. Diabetes care has many critical parts that allow diabetes to be treated and held steady in a non-progressive state. Some of the parts of diabetes care are: insulin treatment, glucose monitoring, hemoglobin A1C testing, diabetic diet, daily exercise, and other medicines. All of these are critical parts of the overall diabetes care that diabetics receive.

Diabetes Care and Insulin

Insulin is an important hormone produced by your pancreas and it is responsible for allowing glucose to enter your muscle and fat cells. People with type 1 diabetes need to take insulin to control their blood sugar. Many people with type 2 diabetes can manage their disease with diet, physical activity, and medicine(s), but over time, people with type 2 diabetes may need insulin.

If you need to take insulin, your doctor will determine the best insulin for your situation. There are many types of insulin. There is short acting insulin, long acting insulin, rapid acting insulin, and intermediate acting insulin.

Glucose Monitoring and Diabetes Care

A Glucose monitor is the tool that helps you check your blood sugar levels. Checking your sugar levels is a critical factor in managing your diabetes. Glucose monitors allow you to check your sugars daily at your convenience. The information you get from the glucose monitor will show you how your eating habits and physical activity are working to help control your blood sugars and ultimately your diabetes.

Diabetes Care and Hemoglobin A1C Test

In addition to self-testing with a blood glucose monitor, your doctor will usually perform a test called a hemoglobin A1C. This test provides a measure of your blood sugars over a longer period of time. On average, the hemoglobin A1C test will look at a 2-3 months average of your blood sugars. So think of self-testing with a glucose monitor as a snap shot to help you manage your diabetes on a daily basis, and a hemoglobin A1C test as a way for your doctor to manage your diabetes on a more long term basis. Both tests will be critical to managing your diabetes.

Diabetes Care and Exercise

If you are diabetic, a diabetes and exercise plan will be a integral part of your overall treatment regimen. One effective way to lower your blood glucose levels is to engage in an exercise plan on a daily basis. Exercise is a critical part of Diabetes Care and will help you lower your blood glucose levels, it will also help you control your weight.

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