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Diabetes care

Updated on March 16, 2011
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Kulsum Mehmood is an Eye Consultant with 30 plus years of experience. She is single mother and a philanthropist. She is in a full time job.

Diabetes Care



About Diabetes





Before Diabetes…

The body changes FOOD into SUGAR and sends it into blood.

INSULIN moves the SUGAR out of the BLOOD and into the CELLS.

The CELLS burn the SUGAR to make ENERGY.

This activity goes on in our bodies all the time.

It’s what keeps us alive.

Before Diabetes, your own INSULIN worked fine. It carried SUGAR to the CELLS, but it also left a little behind in the BLOOD as a back-up supply.

SUGAR left in the BLOOD is called “BLOOD SUGAR”. We can measure the BLOOD SUGAR Level with a blood test.

Before Diabetes, your BLOOD SUGAR level stayed in a “SafeRange” because the INSULIN kept it there.




We do not know why people get Diabetes. Sometimes it runs in families, but sometimes it doesn’t.


There are two TYPES of Diabetes. Both TYPES cause problems with INSULIN and BLOOD SUGAR.

  1. INSULIN Problems


Before Diabetes… you make plenty of INSULIN

With TYPE I Diabetes… you have stopped making your own INSULIN


Before Diabetes… your INSULIN worked well

With TYPE II Diabetes… your INSULIN doesn’t work like it should

  1. BLOOD SUGAR Problems

When INSULIN doesn’t work right, too much SUGAR stays in the BLOOD. This gives you HIGH BLOOD SUGAR.

With Diabetes, your BLOOD SUGAR will always want to go HIGH because your INSULIN is not working like it should.

HIGH BLOOD SUGAR means trouble.


Here’s what happens:


The body changes FOOD into SUGAR and sends it into the BLOOD.

But… your body is not making INSULIN anymore.

The CELLS “starve” for sugar to burn. They can’t make energy.


The body changes FOOD into SUGAR and sends it into the BLOOD.

But…your INSULIN isn’t working right.

The CELLS get some SUGAR, but not enough.


Both TYPES of Diabetes make the BLOOD SUGAR go TOO HIGH.


Make you TIRED, THIRSTY, HUNGRY all the time.

If BLOOD SUGAR stays HIGH for a L-O-N-G- T-I-M-E, it can cause serious problems to your health.


Blurred vision

Numbness in feet & hands & legs

Clogged blood vessels

Heart problems

Wounds that won’t heal

Kidney problems

Weight gain ( TYPE II )


C. The Doctor’s Part :


Your doctor will decide what TREATMENT you need.

Both types of Diabetes are treated with FOOD and EXERCISE.

You will learn about :


WHAT to eat

WHEN to eat

HOW MUCH to eat each time


WHAT KIND will be best for you

WHEN to do it

HOW LONG to exercise each time

If you need INSULIN ( or Diabetes pills ) the Doctor will decide

WHAT KIND you should take

WHEN to take it

HOW MUCH to take

And if you need to lose weight, the Doctor will help you set the best GOAL.


The Doctor will also check your progress with tests and check-ups from time to time.


Things that make your BLOOD SUGAR go UP

  1. FOOD
  4. Also… not taking enough INSULIN ( or Diabetes PILLS )


Some of these things are easier to control than others, like the FOOD you eat.

  1. FOOD : As your body changes FOOD into SUGAR, the BLOOD SUGAR level goes up. Some foods like sweet, sugary things change very quickly. If the BLOOD SUGAR goes up too HIGH or too FAST, the INSULIN may have trouble getting enough SUGAR to the CELLS in time. Other FOODS like bread, vegetables and fruits change to SUGAR more slowly. It’s better for BLOOD SUGAR to go up GRADUALLY so that INSULIN has time to do its work.

It takes extra energy to handle STRESS.

To get this extra energy the body makes extra SUGAR.

That’s how STRESS makes the BLOOD SUGAR level go UP.


Sickness is another kind of STRESS for the body.

It also makes the BLOOD SUGAR go UP.

If you are sick, and you have TYPE I Diabetes you need to check for KETONES regularly.


D. Things that bring it down





4. Also… not eating enough FOOD.


When you have Diabetes, your BLOOD SUGAR always wants to go too HIGH.

These things will help it stay DOWN.

  1. EXERCISE : When you EXERCISE, the cells burn more SUGAR and the BLOOD SUGAR goes DOWN.

EXERCISE also helps INSULIN work better.

EXERCISE is also helpful when you need to lose weight.

  1. Diabetes PILLS ( TYPE II only )

Diabetes PILLS are not INSULIN, but they may help your own INSULIN work


If FOOD and EXERCISE alone are not keeping your BLOOD SUGAR down, the

Doctor may order PILLS for you to take.

There are many kinds of Diabetes PILLS.

The Doctor will decide if you need these PILLS, based on your BLOOD SUGAR


The PILLS work along with FOOD and EXERCISE.

  1. INSULIN : As INSULIN moves sugar from the blood to the cells, the BLOOD

SUGAR level goes DOWN.

If you have TYPE I Diabetes, you will need INSULIN injection every day.

If you have TYPE II Diabetes, you may also need to take INSULIN. The Doctor decides this.

Since it takes a while for INSULIN to start working after injection, you will usually take it BEFORE eating. By the time your BLOOD SUGAR goes UP, AFTER eating, the INSULIN will be ready to do its work.




LOW BLOOD SUGAR can happen anytime, especially at first when the Doctor is working out doses for your INSULIN ( os Diabetes PILLS ).

The PROBLM : BLOOD SUGAR levels can drop very quickly, sometimes without warning.

This can happen if…

  1. You don’t eat enough – did you skip a meal?, do you need a snack?
  2. If you took too much INSULIN ( or too high a dose of Diabetes PILLS )
  3. Or, if you EXERCISED a lot and forgot to eat a snack.


WHAT TO DO : EAT OR DRINK SOMETHING with SUGAR in it right away.

  1. Your BLOOD SUGAR will go UP again.
  2. You will start to feel better.




  1. What it’s like :

Anyone who takes medicine to lower blood sugar gets LOW BLOOD SUGAR sometimes. No one likes it.

Watch for these signs of LOW BLOOD SUGAR :

Sweaty, dizzy, confused, hungry, bad mood, nervous, shaky.

It can get worse very FAST. And if you don’t treat it in time, you could… pass out.

  1. How to FIX it :
  1. Eat or drink something SUGARY – fast. You want your BLOOD SUGAR to go UP – fast.
  2. Wait 15 minutes…
  3. Check your BLOOD SUGAR. If it is still LOW… Eat a snack – a carbohydrate with a protein.
  4. Take it easy until you feel better.
  5. In 30 minutes … check your BLOOD SUGAR again.



  1. Always carry something SUGARY with you.
  2. Have a “snack-pack” with you.


About FOOD :


  1. WHAT to EAT

It’s best if each MEAL and SNACK has a variety of foods.

You need carbohydrates and proteins each time you eat


Stay away from these FOODS

SUGAR – I makes BLOOD SUGAR go too HIGH too FAST

FAT – it clogs your blood vessels

It makes you gain weight


2. WHEN to EAT

Space MEALS evenly – about 4-6 hours apart.

If you go longer between MEALS, at a Snack.

-Common Snack times :

-Late afternoon

-Before bed

Snack suggestions : Carbohydrates and Proteins

Eat MEALS on time

– CELLS need SUGAR on a regular basis

– Your daily INSULIN doses are timed to “peak” after MEALS.

– Don’t SKIP MEALS – You can’t afford to run out of SUGAR.


3. How MUCH to EAT

Your Doctor or Dietician will help you with how many servings to have at each MEAL. You will eat enough to control your weight and still have a good SUGAR supply for the CELLS.


4. COOKING Tips :

Don’t FRY your food. The extra FAT is not good for you.

Use these cooking methods instead :


Broil – Boil Meats – drain off liquids

Braise – Use a Pan-coating


Add some taste if you like :

Lemon juice, Mustards, All spices and herbs, Garlic, Onions, Vinegar, Hot pepper sauce, Artificial sweeteners

If recipe calls for “Oil” … use Corn Oil




EXERCISE is an important part of your treatment.

What EXERCISE does for you :

-Improves your strength and muscle tone

-Helps INSULIN work better

-Helps keep BLOOD SUGAR levels more stable

-Helps you lose weight along with careful eating

-Gives you more energy

-Helps lower cholesterol

Reduces STRESS


EXERCISE can be the key to successful diabetes treatment.










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    • Just_Rodney profile image

      Rodney Fagan 

      9 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Thanks for the info. Greatly appreciated as I am borderline diabtetes II and control tyhis with a low GI diet.


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