87% of patients with type 1 diabetes, and 43% of type 2 diabetics will experience hypoglycemia. That means that nearly all of Type 1 and almost half of type 2 diabetics will experience one or multiple hypoglycemic events at some point in treatment. Learn more about how patients taking insulin can prevent hypoglycemia and achieve optimal blood sugar levels.
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What is a heart stress test?
A heart stress test is a test of your heart function. These tests involve watching how your heart responds to increasing levels of exercise, by monitoring your heart rhythm using an EKG (electrocardiogram) machine. You will likely begin by walking on a treadmill, and the speed and incline will gradually increase to raise the intensity of the exercise. Alternatively, cardiac stress tests can be performed using special bicycles if there are mobility or balance concerns with using the treadmill.
How do you treat hypoglycemia?
If you are having an episode of hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, it is important to take steps to raise your blood sugar right away to prevent more serious side effects. The basic treatment is to take 15 grams of carbohydrate right away. This carbohydrate (sugar) can be in the form of sugar pills, which some diabetics carry with them, hard candy or juice. You need to wait 15 minutes and then check your blood sugar.
How is Type II diabetes treated?
Along with any medications/insulin your doctor prescribes for your Type II diabetes, it is important to work on improving any lifestyle patterns that may have lead to your diabetes. Talk to your doctor about steps you should be taking to address your weight, diet and activity level. You may wish to consult with a registered dietitian and/or exercise specialist to support your efforts.