A Day in the life of a diabetic

An informational flyer for people with diabetes

What is diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body handles high and low blood sugar. There are 2 types of Diabetes, Check out the presentation below to see the differences between the two types and How diabetes affects your body in more detail.

Diet

First

First thing is to look at the food labels and its contents. Check out the video below for that information
Diabetes Basics: Taking a Closer Look at Labels

Avoid

  • Sodium/slows insulin response which contributes to poor blood sugar
  • High fat content/fat can contain carbohydrates raising blood sugar and fat also changes the timing of the rise in blood glucose after a meal.
  • High sugar/This can cause blood sugar to rise to high making it hard to be broken down

Good for you


  • Fiber/does not contribute to the rise or fall of glucose levels
  • Vitamin A,C and E/These vitamins are not only good for your body ing general, but also have a low glycemic index or GI(a ranking of carbohydrate-containing foods, based on the food's effect on blood glucose compared with a standard reference food.)
  • Calcium/Low GI
  • potassium/Low GI
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Also remember....

That not only do you need to eat healthy for a diabetic, but you must eat healthy in general. Getting all the Vitamins and nutrients you need to stay healthy.

Some Complications of Diabetes

Kidney Disease

Your kidney always filters Blood to get toxins out through urine, but when your blood glucose levels are consistently high it can be dangerous. High blood glucose causes the kidney to filter out to much blood damaging the filters and cells in the kidneys. This can lead to kidney failures. As a diabetic this could be a big problem given the fact your blood glucose levels are usually high. A way to avoid this is to just make sure that your Blood glucose levels aren't consistently high.

*Ketoacidosis

When the body does not produce enough insulin, glucose is not broken down for energy. So the glucose just floats around in the blood stream. As a result of this lack of energy your body will begin to break down fat. Through that process a toxin is released called ketones,Ketones build up in the blood and urine as fats and are broken down for energy. In high levels, ketones can be very dangerous and even poisonous. This serious condition is known as Ketoacidosis and, if left untreated, can lead to diabetic coma or even death. The symptoms of Ketoacidosis can be confused with others (such as the flu or a stomach virus). If you have these symptoms contact a health care professional imedietly.

Diabetic Retinopathy

This is a disease that damages the eyes, they are damaged due to the high Blood glucose levels. The high glucose levels damage the cells in the eye causing Retinopathy, this can lead to Blurred vision, poor eye sight or even Blindness.

Simple ways to avoid these complications.

Keep a healthy Blood sugar level and check it regularly. Also see a health professional regularly so they can make sure you're healthy.

Health Professionals in the Kansas City area

Jill D. Jacobson

Jill is an endocrinologist. So she is trained in the study of diabetes and can help you better understand your disease.

John Cottle O.D

John specializes in eye care. He can make sure that your eyes are healthy.