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How to Safely Manage Diabetes and Improve Blood Sugar

How to Safely Manage Diabetes and Improve Blood Sugar

1st Jun 2022

Nearly 30 million adults and children in the U.S. have diabetes, 95% of whom have Type 2 diabetes. Worldwide, an estimated 350 million people have diabetes, and that number is on the rise.

Differences between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes has been referred to as “adult-onset,” or noninsulin dependent diabetes, as historically it has tended to occur more often in adults and does not always require insulin supplementation or replacement. With Type 2 diabetes, a person’s body either resists the effects of insulin, an important hormone for regulating glucose in the cells, or doesn’t produce enough insulin to maintain normal blood sugar levels.

With Type 1 diabetes, the body produces little or no insulin. The condition has been referred to as “juvenile,” or insulin-dependent diabetes, since it tends to occur more often in children and adolescents, and requires insulin supplementation or replacement.

While Type 1 diabetes tends to be genetic and usually appears in childhood or adolescence, it can occur in adulthood as well. Similarly, Type 2 diabetes tends to affect adults, although the number of children with Type 2 diabetes has been on the rise in recent decades.

Obesity and Diabetes

Diabetes is often a complication of obesity, and although there is no cure for Type 2 diabetes, losing weight can reverse the condition, in some cases.

Managing blood sugar is critical for people with diabetes, and keeping a daily log of your blood sugar levels to share with your doctor is an important component of self-care.

This infographic highlights how to safely manage diabetes through:

  • Blood sugar control
  • Diet and exercise
  • Weight management

How to Safely manage diabetes infographic