A 60-Second PSA from Chaka Khan
Chaka Khan, the legendary musical artist, shares how important it is for people with type 2 diabetes to monitor their glucose levels using tools like CGM, or continuous glucose monitoring.
Social and Cultural Factors that Can Influence Your Health
Black Americans – though most at risk for type 2 diabetes – often lack equitable access to newer medicines and technologies due to restrictive coverage eligibility criteria, limited access to quality health care, stigma, and other social determinants of health.
Watch this video and read this article to learn more about strategies to overcome those barriers and manage conditions like type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes and Nutrition
What you eat is closely connected to the amount of sugar in your blood. The right food choices will help you control your blood sugar level and manage your diabetes.
Living With Diabetes: How a CGM Can Help
Using a continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) can help some patients who have diabetes keep their blood glucose level from getting too high or too low.
Medical Treatment Articles
The single most important thing you can do is control your blood sugar level. You can do this by eating right, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and, if needed, taking oral medicines or insulin.
Monitoring Your Blood Sugar Level
If you have diabetes, it’s important to monitor your blood sugar at different times of the day and throughout the year. There are 3 tools that can help you do this: A blood test done every three months, blood tests taken every day, and a system that constantly monitors your blood glucose.
Oral Medicines for Diabetes
Oral diabetes medicines are medicines that you take by mouth to help control your blood sugar level. They are designed to help people whose bodies still produce some insulin, but not enough insulin. Many categories of diabetes medicine are available in pill form.
All people who have type 1 diabetes and some people who have type 2 diabetes need to take insulin to help control their blood sugar levels. Insulin can’t be taken by mouth. It is usually taken by injection (a shot). It can also be taken using an insulin pen or an insulin pump.
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Diabetes
- National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus: Diabetes
- Endocrine Society and Hormone Health Network Publication: Continuous Glucose Monitoring
- National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus: Monitoring Blood Glucose
- National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: Managing Diabetes