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Chapter 1: Handling Low and High Blood Glucose Emergencies.
Understanding Hypoglycemia (Low Blood Glucose).
Looking at the symptoms of hypoglycemia.
Considering the causes of hypoglycemia.
Coping with hypoglycemia unawareness.
Dealing with Ketoacidosis.
Exploring how ketoacidosis develops.
Investigating the symptoms of ketoacidosis.
Understanding the causes of ketoacidosis.
Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State.
Identifying the symptoms of the hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state.
Examining the causes of the hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state.
Treating the hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state.
Preventing the hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state.
Chapter 2: Monitoring and Understanding Your Blood Glucose Levels.
Understanding the Importance of Measuring Your Blood Glucose Levels.
Testing with a Blood Glucose Meter.
Reviewing the supplies you need.
Performing a blood glucose test.
Knowing how often to test your blood glucose.
Understanding what to do with your test results.
Choosing a Blood Glucose Meter.
Recording Your Results.
Discovering Your Blood Glucose Targets.
Interpreting Your Blood Glucose Results.
When your before-breakfast readings are high (and other readings good).
When your after-meal readings are high (and other readings good).
When your readings have no pattern.
Testing for Longer-Term Blood Glucose Control with the A1C Test.
Using a Continuous Glucose Monitoring System.
Understanding continuous glucose monitoring.
Checking out the benefits of continuous glucose monitoring.
Looking at the drawbacks of continuous glucose monitoring.
Finding out more about CGM.
Chapter 3: Using Insulin Effectively.
What Is Insulin?
Looking at the Types of Insulin.
Type 1 Diabetes and Insulin Therapy.
Type 2 Diabetes and Insulin Therapy.
Debunking Insulin Myths.
Exploring Different Insulin Delivery Devices.
Pens and syringes.
Caring for Your Insulin.
Adjusting Your Insulin Dose.
Travelling with Your Insulin.
Breezing through the border.
Adjusting your doses between time zones.
Chapter 4: Ten Ways to Stay Healthy and Avoid Complications.
Learn for Life.
Give the Heave-Ho to Harmful Habits.
Controlling Your Numbers: Optimizing Your Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Kidney Function.
Blood glucose levels.
Lipids (cholesterol and triglycerides).
See Your Eye Doctor.
Fuss Over Your Feet.
Master Your Medicines.
Help Your Doctor Help You.
Don't Try to Do It Alone.
Chapter 5: Ten Frequently Asked Questions.
Why Are My Blood Glucose Levels Higher When I Get Up in the Morning than When I Go to Bed?
Why Are My Blood Glucose Levels All Over the Place?
Why Are My Blood Glucose Levels Getting Worse as Time Goes By?
What's the Difference between an A1C Level and a Blood Glucose Level?
I Used to Be on Pills, but Now I'm on Insulin. Does that Mean I’ve Developed Type 1 Diabetes?
Once You’re on Insulin You’re on It Forever, Right?
I'm Watching My Diet, So Why Is My Cholesterol Level High?
Why Do I Need Blood Pressure Pills If My Blood Pressure Is Good?
How Can I Get the Most Out of Each Visit to My Doctor?
Will I Always Have Diabetes?