Category Archives for "Diabetes Care"

Diabetes and Nausea

Diabetes can be associated with an increased risk of nausea.  There are several reasons why a diabetic might have more nausea when compared to those without diabetes.  Some things that contribute to nausea in diabetics include the following: Diabetic medications. Some of the injectable medications used in the management of diabetes will increase the risk […]

Diabetes Headache

Diabetes Headache

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder that causes high blood glucose levels and a host of secondary symptoms, some of which can be dangerous.   A less serious side effect of having type 1 or type 2 diabetes is having a headache.  You can have a headache in diabetes any time that your blood sugar levels […]

Insulin Tolerance Test

The insulin tolerance test or ITT is a laboratory diagnostic test in which the individual receives insulin through an IV to check to see if the pituitary gland and the adrenal glands are functioning properly.  Insulin tolerance tests are generally done by endocrinologists who are specialists in diabetes and other endocrine disorders. The idea behind […]

What is A1c?

What is A1c?

Hemoglobin A1c is a blood test that is used to screen patients for prediabetes and diabetes.  It is also called the glycated hemoglobin level or the A1c level.   It is made when the high blood glucose levels attach themselves to hemoglobin, forming “sugar-coated” hemoglobin.  The greater the average glucose levels, the high is the amount […]

Insulin Definition

Insulin Definition

Insulin is a protein secreted by the islet cells of the pancreas.  It is used to allow glucose to enter the cells of the body to be used for cellular metabolism.  People who have type 1 diabetes have antibodies that have destroyed the islet cells so they no longer make insulin.  Those with type 2 […]

Functions of insulin

Functions of insulin

Insulin is a protein-based hormone that is made by the beta cells of the pancreas.  Most people know that insulin is the hormone that helps the body’s cells put glucose into the cells for use as cellular fuel.  In the absence of insulin, the cells do not have enough biochemical energy so they must use […]

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