Diabetes and Dental Health

Diabetes affects many different parts of the body, including your mouth, teeth, and gums. The high blood sugar levels, poor circulation, and inflammation can cause a number of dental health problems. In fact, 22% of people with diabetes are diagnosed with periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. This is why it is important to understand how diabetes can affect your dental health and to make sure you are taking preventative measures. 

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Is hypoglycemia(low blood sugar) dangerous?

Hypoglycemia (or low blood sugar) happens when your blood glucose is less than 70mg/dl. However, it is possible that you may experience low blood sugar symptoms at higher levels. Hypoglycemia is dangerous and can be life-threatening. It can lead to coma or death, if left untreated. Whenever possible, check your blood sugar level when you think it is low. Continue reading “Is hypoglycemia(low blood sugar) dangerous?”

Diabetes and Kidney Function

Diabetes is a widespread epidemic, affecting around 20 million people in the United States and 171 million people worldwide.  Diabetes is often associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD, regardless of its underlying etiology, is defined as either kidney damage or decreased kidney function for ≥ 3 months. For nearly half of patients who receive dialysis therapy, diabetes is the primary cause of their kidney failure. Continue reading “Diabetes and Kidney Function”

Managing Hypoglycemia During Exercise

Hypoglycemia and Physical Activity

People taking insulin or insulin secretagogues (oral diabetes pills that cause your pancreas to make more insulin) are at risk for hypoglycemia, or low blood sugars, if their food or medications aren’t adjusted to account for exercise.
Checking your blood sugar before and after a physical activity is important to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Talk to your diabetes care team (doctor, nurse, dietitian or pharmacist) to find out if you are at risk for hypoglycemia.
It is important to become familiar with how your body responds to different durations and types of exercise.
Checking your blood sugar level more often before and around 30 minutes after exercise can help you see the benefits of activity. You also can use the results of your blood sugar checks to see how your body to reacts to different activities. Understanding these patterns can help you prevent your blood sugar from going too high or too low.

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