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What is diabetes?
Diabetes is a life-long disease in which the body either does not produce enough insulin or is unable to use the insulin that it makes.

How does my doctor know I have diabetes?
One test used to diagnose diabetes is called the fasting blood sugar test. A normal result is 70-100 mg/dl. Values above 126 mg/dl are diagnostic of diabetes.

How will my diabetes be treated?
Diabetes is a serious lifelong condition, it is not curable, but it is treatable. Most of the daily care of diabetes is self-care. YOU will make many decisions each day that will affect your blood sugar levels and long-term outcomes. One of the most important things you can do is to learn about diabetes and how to manage blood sugar levels. The treatment of Type 2 includes healthy eating, exercise and education. It may also include oral medications or insulin.

Can I continue to exercise?
YES! Exercise usually lowers your blood sugar. It also provides a sense of well being, aids the circulation, and helps with weight loss.

What can I eat?
You can eat almost anything in moderation. Carbohydrates are important for fueling our brain and muscles but they raise the blood sugar. When you have diabetes, you need to spread them throughout the day so they can slowly enter the body and be used. It is important to eat a healthy balanced diet. The dietitian will help you make an eating plan that works for you.

Should I avoid sugar?
Not necessarily – sugar is only one type of carbohydrate that will appear on a food label. You will be taught how to read a food label so that you can make food choices.

Posted Date: January 2012