Diabetes Information

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There is so much diabetes information available today through several different mediums. Diabetes information is available via the Internet at sites like Life with Diabetes, The American Diabetes Association, and many others. Your doctor will also have a tremendous amount of diabetes information to share with you.

Diabetes Information - Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic disorders with one common manifestation: hyperglycemia. Diabetes mellitus used to classify diabetes by their clinical presentation. They were classified as either "insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" (IDDM) or "noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus" (NIDDM). These classifications for diabetes mellitus became confusing when patients who were diagnosed as non-insulin dependent were being treated with insulin.

As a result of this confusion, in 1997, the American Diabetes Association and the World Health Organization worked together to form new recommendations for the classifications of diabetes mellitus. Together the two organizations created standard diagnostic criteria and a language that all doctors and patients could easily understand. Later diabetes mellitus was given four classifications for diabetes. They are type I diabetes, type II diabetes, other specified types, and gestational diabetes.

Diabetes Information - Incidence of Diabetes

There are 18.2 million people in the United States, or 6.3% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 13 million have been diagnosed with diabetes, unfortunately, 5.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.

Diabetes Testing

The American Diabetes Association recommends a test called FPG. FPG stands for fasting plasma glucose. The American Diabetes Association recommends the FPG test because it is easier, faster, and less expensive to perform than an oral glucose tolerance test. Both tests are used to diagnose pre-diabetes or diabetes, and would be performed by your primary care doctor.

Blood Glucose Testing

If you have already been diagnosed with diabetes, daily testing with a blood glucose meter will become a critical factor in your diabetes treatment plan. There are many choices available when it comes to glucose monitors. Please take advantage of the research we have done on your behalf. Our goal at Life with Diabetes is to provide you with all the diabetes information you need to make the right choices for your care.

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