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Living With Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition where the glucose (sugar) level in your body becomes too high. When glucose levels remain elevated over a period of time this can lead to health problems by damaging your heart, kidneys, eyes and feet. One of the first steps to managing diabetes is following a healthy balanced diet. The diabetes portion plate is a great tool to help you set up your plate at a meal and eat proper portions of each food group. 



+You may want to try several smaller evenly spaced meals throughout the day to keep your glucose level stable


+Don’t eat all of your food at one time


+If you are going to drink alcohol never have more than 1 drink per day (woman), 2 drinks for a man. Also be careful not to skip meals to have a drink. Alcohol can lead to hypoglycemia shortly after drinking and for up to 24 hours after, closely monitor your glucose during this time. 

Symptoms of Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia:


Hypoglycemia: Sweating, Fatigue, Dizziness, Confusion, Feeling Weak, Blurred Vision, Pallor, Increased Appetite, Higher Heart Rate, and in severe hypoglycemia Convulsions, Loss of Consciousness or Coma


Hyperglycemia: Excessive Thirst, Increased Appetite, Frequent Urination, Weakness/Fatigue, Weight Loss, Blurry Vision 

Diabetes Self Management Program
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