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101 Guide - Medications for Type 2 Diabetes

Healthy lifestyle choices including diet, exercise, and weight loss are the foundation of type 2 diabetes management. However, to achieve target blood sugar (glucose) levels, you may need medications. The list of medications for type 2 diabetes is long and potentially confusing, as sometimes while a single medication is effective enough, in other cases, a combination may work better. This article will tell you about these drugs - how they're taken, what they do, and some examples of drug names making it easier for you to discuss treatment options with your doctor.

101 Guide - Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Worldwide, diabetes is one of the leading causes of mortality, and in the past 3 decades, the prevalence of diabetes has increased multifold, mirroring the increased prevalence of obesity in the same period. Poor lifestyle habits, lack of exercise, wrong food choices are the primary cause of this sudden diabetes explosion. The Solution? Adopting healthy lifestyle habits early on to prevent and delay the onset of diabetes.

101 Guide - Testing for Diabetes

The WHO reports Diabetes as one of the leading causes of heart attacks, strokes, kidney failures, lower limb amputations, and blindness. is associated with various comorbid conditions and affects multiple organ systems. Since the symptoms and effects of diabetes and prediabetes appear gradually, the side effects may not be apparent to us until it has progressed to a point of no return. This is why Testing is known as the cornerstone of a successful diabetes management plan. Read on to understand the whos, whats, and whys of diabetes testing.

101 Guide - Insulin

Insulin is a hormone that is secreted by your pancreas to help your cells use glucose for energy. The primary goal of insulin is to make sure your blood sugar levels are consistently maintained in the normal range. Poor lifestyle choices can cause an imbalance in insulin levels and lead to various metabolic disorders, such as prediabetes, diabetes, and other associated complications. Following a healthy routine, including a diet and exercise plan, is paramount to maintain healthy insulin levels.‍

101 Guide - Glycated Haemoglobin or HbA1c

Haemoglobin, is a protein within red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs to the rest of your body. HbA1c or Glycated Haemoglobin is a form of haemoglobin that is chemically linked to monosaccharide sugars, including glucose, galactose and fructose. When this haemoglobin spontaneously bonds with sugars or glucose in the blood, it becomes ‘Glycated’. The Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) test is used as a standard tool to determine the average blood sugar control levels over a period of three months in a person with diabetes. This article explains what HbA1c is, and how it’s used for diagnosing diabetes.

101 Guide - Healthy Blood Sugar Ranges

Although clinical organizations like the American Diabetes Association (ADA) provide guidelines on normal blood sugar levels for people without diabetes, they are slightly different from the target levels recommended for people diagnosed with diabetes. However, your doctor will typically tailor what the target ranges should be for you. This article will help you understand the basic aspects of your blood sugar levels and why it is important to stay within the recommended ranges.

101 Guide - Using a Glucometer

You have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and your tests show that you need to keep your blood glucose levels in check and within the reasonably safe range at all times. Your doctor might have advised medication and self-checking of your blood sugar levels to ensure this. If your healthcare professional has just recommended you to start using a Glucometer to monitor your blood sugar levels, here's the best guide you could get to learn how to use it.

Insulin Resistance and Diabetes Reversal

Insulin resistance is the condition where the cells in your muscles, body fat, and liver are unable to use insulin effectively because they start resisting or ignoring the signal that the hormone insulin is trying to send to grab or absorb glucose out of the bloodstream for energy. Glucose, also known as blood sugar, is the body's main source of fuel. When the cells resist and don't absorb glucose, levels of this sugar build up in the blood causing higher blood sugar and insulin levels, potentially leading to type 2 diabetes.