Monday, November 28, 2011

About Type 2 Diabetes: Diabetes and the Hospital

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From Elizabeth Woolley, your Guide to Type 2 Diabetes
I needed a couple hospital stays during my pregnancy with my son. At that time I learned that I had to be vigilant and involved in my care from my treatment to my food. It was an eye-opening experience. A friend with diabetes recently had to go to the hospital, and it reminded me how important it is to be prepared and to be able to advocate for yourself. Here is some information to help you.

Diabetes Management in the Hospital
In the case of a planned hospital stay -- whether for major surgery, a minor procedure or treatment for an illness -- it's relatively easy to plan ahead for diabetes management. However, if the stay is unexpected, it will challenge your best efforts to manage your diabetes.

Preparing for a Hospital Stay with Diabetes
Maintaining stable blood sugar levels on a daily basis is challenging enough for a person with diabetes. Doing so while being hospitalized adds significantly to the challenge.

Diabetes and Surgery: Post-Op Concerns
People with Type 2 diabetes have to worry about more than the normal risks and complications after an operation. Risks associated with diabetes and surgery are increased dependent on age, diabetes treatment regimen, level of control, existing complications or illness, malnutrition, length of time with diabetes, and general physical fitness.

When to go to the ER
A diagnosis of diabetes can be very frightening and overwhelming. There is so much to learn. One of the most important things to know is how to recognize two very serious conditions, called hypoglycemia(low blood sugar) and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar). These can occur at any time and need to be treated immediately to avoid a medical emergency. Do you know when you need to go to the ER?


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