Diabetes Symptoms and Blood Glucose Management

Dr. Peter Lin, MD, CCFP, Family Physician, talks about Diabetes symptoms and the importance of good blood sugar control.

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Dr. Peter Lin, MD, CCFP, Family Physician, talks about Diabetes symptoms and the importance of good blood sugar control.
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Featuring Dr. Peter Lin, MD, CCFP, Family Physician

Presenter: Dr. Peter Lin, Family Doctor, Toronto, ON

Local Practitioners: Family Doctor

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Understanding Your Diabetes

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Hyperglycemia is when your sugar levels are too high. This can cause you to feel thirsty and have to urinate more frequently.

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High blood sugar levels become a problem when sugars in the blood begin to damage or 'stick' to small arteries in the body. This can damage eye sight, kidneys and nerves in the feet and hands.

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Testing A1C levels is one way to see how your blood glucose levels are doing over a longer period of time (average over 3 months). You are best controlled when you have a reading of 7% or less.

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Patients do not really need to worry about A1C levels, rather should be focused more on their blood glucose reading each day.

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Hypoglycemia is when blood sugar levels are too low (fasting glucose test below 4 mmol/L). Having low blood sugar levels can cause patients to feel agitated, shaky, sweaty and have heart palpatations.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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