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When you have diabetes, controlling your blood sugar level is the key to staying healthy. The following are some tips for keeping your blood sugar stable:
Stick to a regular meal schedule. “When you eat just one or two big meals a day, that can cause... Read more
While you cannot completely erase the effects of Type 2 diabetes, you can significantly slow its progression and reduce your need to take diabetes-related medication.
“The key is losing weight and establishing a regular exercise routine,” says Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD, endocrinologist, Saint Francis... Read more
If you lose weight and start a regular exercise routine, you may be able to reverse your Type 2 diabetes, or at least reduce the number of medications you take.
Studies have shown that some people who have lost a significant amount of weight and exercised 150... Read more
If you had gestational diabetes during your first pregnancy, you are at an increased risk for developing the same problem in your second pregnancy.
“After a woman with gestational diabetes delivers her baby, her doctor will check her blood glucose levels at six to eight weeks postpartum,”... Read more
If your doctor diagnoses you with prediabetes that means you have a blood sugar level higher than normal. While this condition often leads to type 2 diabetes, you can prevent it or reverse its effects by making significant lifestyle changes.
Both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes have... Read more
When your doctor diagnoses you with prediabetes, that means you have a blood sugar level that is higher than normal and are at risk for diabetes. However, there are ways you can stop prediabetes and reverse its effects:
Lose weight – Losing just 5 to 10 percent... Read more
Monitoring your risk for coronary heart disease and other health risks is easy with the monthly Heart & Health Screenings at Saint Francis Medical Center. The following heart health assessments are available 7-10 am the first Wednesday of each month at the Saint Francis Health and... Read more
Patients with pre-existing diabetes or those who develop gestational diabetes need to carefully monitor their glucoses to have the best outcome for their babies. This often involves testing the blood glucoses frequently. Controlling glucose levels can decrease the risk of additional complications of pregnancy, including preeclampsia... Read more
If you are obese (BMI greater than 35) and suffer from type 2 diabetes, weight loss surgery may be your best option. A recent Cleveland Clinic study found that many patients no longer had a need for insulin and medication after undergoing bariatric surgery.
"While diet, exercise... Read more
Patients who suffer from diabetic foot ulcers or venous stasis ulcers on their legs have several high-tech options at Saint Francis Medical Center for faster healing – skin substitutes.
Saint Francis physicians use three different types of skin substitutes:
Apligraf®, which is made from fetal foreskin cells
EpiFix®, which is... Read more
Hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can happen in an instant – and not just to people with diabetes.
“Hypoglycemia is typically linked to diabetes, but not always,” says Ahmad Z. Sheikh, MD, FACE, ECNU, CCD, endocrinologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “A person’s blood glucose can drop... Read more