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Diabetes

Learning to manage your diabetes can help you reduce the risk of long-term complications, such as heart disease, stroke, kidney or nerve damage and vision problems. To get your diabetes under control, you’ll need to consider a number of factors, including adjusting your lifestyle, monitoring your blood sugar, and taking medications effectively. The Visiting Nurse Service of New York can help you with all of the steps involved in managing your diabetes, so you can reduce the risk of long-term consequences and feel better.

Understanding Diabetes

If you have diabetes, your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or your body doesn't respond well to insulin–an important hormone. Insulin helps your body move glucose from the foods you eat into your cells for fuel (energy). There are a variety of symptoms of uncontrolled diabetes, from fatigue to increased thirst and urination to slow wound healing. Blood sugar monitoring, healthy eating, exercise and taking doctor-prescribed medications properly are important steps in managing this chronic condition.

While you can’t change having a family history of diabetes, you can do something about other risk factors, such as being overweight or sedentary (inactive), and having high blood pressure or cholesterol abnormalities. If you or a loved one has diabetes, your doctor will suggest lifestyle modifications and may prescribe medications to control blood sugar levels. VNSNY can help you to understand your treatment plan so you can follow it with confidence and improve your health. 

How VNSNY Can Help

Our professional staff can help you follow your doctor’s recommendations and learn to manage diabetes at home. Our services include:

  • Teaching you to monitor your blood sugar levels and keep an effective record to track changes in your blood sugar throughout the day 
  • Teaching you how to manage your medication regimen, including insulin therapy (when relevant)
  • Helping you incorporate healthy lifestyle modifications, like meal planning and portion control, and getting regular exercise, to help control blood sugar levels
  • Helping you to recognize the signs and symptoms that should prompt you to seek emergency care

Terms You Need To Know

Glucose

A simple sugar (monosaccharide) that is the body’s main source of energy. It can be consumed or given through an IV if the level of blood glucose is too low, as in hypoglycemia.

Insulin

A hormone created by the pancreas that controls the glucose level in blood. Drugs containing this hormone are used in the treatment of diabetes.

Contact

To learn more about how VNSNY can help you or a loved one manage diabetes, contact us at 1-800-675-0391.