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The following information explains what you need to know to manage your diabetes at home.
Having diabetes puts you at higher risk for other long-term (chronic) conditions, such as heart disease and kidney disease. These problems can get worse if you do not take good care of yourself and keep your blood glucose under control.
Eating and drinking
The things that you eat and drink affect your blood glucose and your insulin dosage. Making good choices helps to control your diabetes and prevent other health problems. A healthy meal plan includes eating lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, and healthy fats.
Always have a 15-gram rapid-acting carbohydrate snack with you to treat low blood glucose (hypoglycemia).
Care for your body
These symptoms may represent a serious problem that is an emergency. Do not wait to see if the symptoms will go away. Get medical help right away. Call your local emergency services (911 in the U.S.). Do not drive yourself to the hospital.
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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