What Is Diabetes?

Diabetes mellitus refers to a group of diseases that affect how your body uses blood sugar (glucose). Glucose is vital to your health because it's an important source of energy for the cells that make up your muscles and tissues. It's also your brain's main source of fuel. The underlying cause of diabetes varies by type. But, no matter what type of diabetes you have, it can lead to excess sugar in your blood. Too much sugar in your blood can lead to serious health problems.

Chronic diabetes conditions include type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. Potentially reversible diabetes conditions include prediabetes — when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not high enough to be classified as diabetes — and gestational diabetes, which occurs during pregnancy but may resolve after the baby is delivered.


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What can you do at home for Diabetes?

A home blood glucose test is a safe and affordable way for people to check for diabetes before it causes problems. ... For people who already have a diagnosis of diabetes, a simple home blood glucose test is vital for enabling them to manage their blood sugar levels.

How can we help our clients with Diabetes?

The clinician can educate a diabetic patient about healthy lifestyle choices, the importance of regular monitoring of blood glucose levels and compliance with treatment plans. To deliver the best possible care, CNAs must stay current with new developments in diabetes management.

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