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Controlling Blood Sugar

How to Check Your Blood Sugar - VHL HealthSheet #82104_VA
Monitoring the level of sugar (glucose) in your blood is the key to controlling your diabetes. To be sure your glucose and insulin are in balance, check your blood sugar regularly. You can check your blood sugar level by using a blood glucose meter. Here's how.
Checking for Ketones When You Have Type 1 Diabetes - VHL HealthSheet #82106_VA
When your cells can't get glucose (a kind of sugar) to burn for energy, they burn fat instead. This leaves behind acids called ketones in your blood and urine. A buildup of ketones can cause a dangerous condition called ketoacidosis.
Managing Your Glucose Level for Diabetes and Kidney Disease - VHL HealthSheet #83208_VA
Test your blood glucose level as often as directed. Talk with your health care provider if your glucose level is often under 80 or above 200.
Managing Diabetes with the A1C Test - VHL HealthSheet #87912_VA
The A1C is a blood test done by your healthcare provider. You will likely have an A1C test every 3 months.
Your Diabetes Toolkit - VHL HealthSheet #89529_VA
Do you find it hard to keep track of your supplies? Make it easy by putting together a diabetes toolkit.
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You should eat starches at every meal. A serving of starch is one slice of bread, one small potato, a half-cup of cooked cereal, or one 6-inch tortilla. 

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