Monitoring your blood sugar level can help you control your diabetes and your risk for developing complications such as eye or kidney disease. View this video, and learn how and why checking your blood sugar regularly plays an important role in diabetes management.
Two types of diabetes can occur during pregnancy—pre-existing diabetes, which will continue after pregnancy, and gestational diabetes, which will go away after the baby is born. Diabetes is a condition in which your body doesn’t make enough insulin or you can’t use it correctly. This video offers details on how these two types diabetes can affect a pregnancy.
People with diabetes may develop eye problems such as glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. In this video, you'll find out more about these problems and what you can do to prevent them. The best approach is good control of your blood sugar levels. You should also have a yearly eye exam.
Recently updated to focus on patients diagnosed when an adult. Updated animations of blood glucose and insulin interaction provide a better understanding of Type 1 diabetes. Explains how Type 1 Diabetes cannot be prevented and helps patients learn how to manage the condition. Covers common risk factors, as well as treatment options and side effects. Also available in Spanish.
Updated with new animations, this program explains how insulin resistance can lead to pre-diabetes and then to Type 2 Diabetes. A straightforward explanation of risk factors along with signs and symptoms and complications encourages the viewer to start thinking about lifestyle changes.
Diabetic ketoacidosis is a medical emergency that can lead to coma and even death if untreated. It is more common in people with type 1 diabetes. This video explains how this condition develops and why it can be life-threatening.
Maintaining normal blood sugar levels helps to prevent diabetic foot problems: nerve damage, poor circulation, and infection. This video demonstrates how to do daily foot care that can impact the development of these complications.
Diabetes is a common problem that can occur during pregnancy. This form of diabetes usually develops after the 28th week and goes away after your baby is born. This video discusses how gestational diabetes can affect you and your baby and how you can manage the condition.
Hemochromatosis is a condition in which a person's body is overloaded with iron. The excess iron accumulates in various organs and can cause health problems. This video discusses the possible causes of hemochromatosis, typical symptoms, and what treatments are available.
Hypoglycemia, also called “low blood sugar” or an “insulin reaction,” occurs when the amount of sugar in your blood drops. This can happen if you skip a meal or take too much insulin. This video explores other reasons for hypoglycemia and what you can do to prevent it.
Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid doesn't produce enough thyroid hormone. The condition may be caused by birth defects, viruses, or autoimmune diseases. This video discusses other possible causes and recommended treatment, which is usually synthetic thyroid tablets.
Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that, among other jobs, lets you turn the food you eat into energy. Diabetes occurs when your pancreas either doesn't make enough insulin (type 1 diabetes) or your body can't use the insulin correctly (type 2 diabetes). This video offers additional information on the role of insulin in the body.
The delicate filtering network in your kidneys can be damaged over time by uncontrolled blood sugar, making it more difficult for your body to remove waste materials. This video explains why it's important to have your urine tested for protein if you have diabetes. It also offers other recommendations to help prevent kidney damage.
What should you eat if you have diabetes? The same healthy foods that people without diabetes should eat. The secret to a healthy diet is eating a wide variety of foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. This video offers advice on what foods to choose.
Menopause marks the end of a woman's menstrual periods. Menopause officially begins one year after your periods have stopped completely. This video explains what occurs in the time leading up to menopause and what can be done to relieve symptoms such as hot flashes.
People can become obese by taking in more calories than they burn. Obesity also appears to be influenced by genetics. This video discusses the health risks associated with obesity and what treatment and lifestyle changes are commonly recommended.
Pre-diabetes means your blood sugar level is above normal but not high enough for a diagnosis of diabetes. Pre-diabetes increases the risk for developing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The good news is, with healthy lifestyle changes, you can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes. Take action; watch this video to find out more about what you can do.
Diabetes occurs when your body doesn’t make enough insulin or you can’t use it correctly. When managed well, diabetes shouldn't keep you from having a healthy baby. This video describes how diabetes can affect a pregnancy.