"Measuring, monitoring, and controlling blood sugar levels are the major goals of diabetes treatment to prevent complications from the disease," says Ruth Horowitz, MD, Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at GBMC and partner with Bay West Endocrinology Associates. During this "live" session, Dr. Horowitz provides answers to these and many other questions related to managing this all too common condition:
- What's the difference between a diagnosis of pre-diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes?
- What does the term "diabetes" mean?
- What are some of the common symptoms to watch for?
- Do you consider pre-diabetes "a wake-up call?” Can the condition be slowed or stopped?
- What are the typical triggers that motivate people to get help?
- What is the hemoglobin A1C test, and what does it measure?
- Is there something better than "pricking your finger" to test glucose levels?
- Is insulin still the main treatment for diabetes? What are the choices?
- What should I do if I'm diabetic and having symptoms of hypoglycemia?
- What treatments are covered by insurance?
"Further, if pre-diabetes is left untreated, it can commonly become diabetes, and the health risks increase as your glucose becomes more abnormal."
Tune in to the video above for details on how diabetes is diagnosed and specific recommendations for the pre-diabetic, and individuals with Type 1 and 2 diabetes.