All about diabetes

Before coming to terms with their diagnosis, people with diabetes generally go through a series of stages. If you or someone you know has just been diagnosed with diabetes, it’s important that you get the information you need from the resources available in your community to complete the adjustment process and be able to actively take part in your treatment.

This guide is a tool that complements the information you’ll receive from the various healthcare professionals you’ll meet (nutritionist, nurse, doctor, pharmacist, kinesiologist, etc.). Its goal is to help you better understand what diabetes is, what the diff erent types of diabetes are, how to monitor your blood glucose at home, what the potential complications of diabetes are, and how to prevent them.

Diabetes is a chronic disease that involves making lifestyle changes and quite often starting drug treatment.

Table of contents

  • What is diabetes?
  • Signs and symptoms of diabetes
  • How is diabetes diagnosed?
  • Types of diabetes
    • Type 1 diabetes
    • Type 2 diabetes
    • Gestational (pregnancy) diabetes
  • Monitoring your blood glucose at home is not that complicated!
    • Blood glucose level targets
    • How do you choose a blood glucose monitor?
    • How do you monitor your blood glucose?
    • When and how often should you monitor your blood glucose?
    • How do you know whether your results are accurate?
  • Complications of diabetes
  • How do you prevent complications of diabetes?
  • Bibliography
  • Practical resources
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