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In the United States, many adults living with diabetes use insulin injections or newer non-insulin injections to help keep their blood glucose levels under control. About one third of them, however, don’t inject their medication correctly. That means they don’t get the right amount of medication, their blood sugar levels swing too high or too low, and their diabetes symptoms get worse. Here are some easy ways to improve your technique.

If you have type 2 diabetes, it means your body isn’t using insulin the way it should. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas that helps move sugar from your blood to your muscles and other cells so they have enough energy to function. With type 2 diabetes, though, you need more insulin than usual to do this task. That means your pancreas has to do more work. It’s basically like it’s running on a treadmill trying to keep up.

When doctors treat type 2 diabetes, we prescribe lifestyle changes and medications to patients with the goal of helping the pancreas do its job as well as possible for as long as possible. We tell patients to cut down on sugar intake, so the pancreas doesn’t have as much work to do, we give medications that help insulin work more effectively and we also often prescribe insulin to help do some of the pancreas’ job for it. There are different types of insulin; some is taken with meals, some is taken just once a day, and some is taken a few times a day. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best fit for you.

Controlling diabetes means committing to a healthier overall lifestyle, as well as taking medication regularly, so I always share the following with my patients to keep them on track:

According to preliminary research presented at an American Heart Association conference, a study of more than 312,000 drinkers found that drinking wine with a meal lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes. The analysis showed that only moderate drinking had a positive impact on health, which means women can have one glass of wine per day, and men can have up to two glasses of wine daily.

The analysis emphasized that wine should be consumed with a meal to see added benefits. The risk of getting Type 2 diabetes drops by 14% when drinking wine with a meal, compared to drinking it without a meal. The analysis concluded that antioxidants found in wine may be a reason for the added benefits.

FuskieNote: Unfortunately, the study did not consider if there are any benefits for those who already have type 2 diabetes.

While it’s true that your age or a family history of diabetes can affect your chances of developing the disease, your lifestyle plays a critical role, too. In fact, you may be surprised by how much a small number of daily habits can significantly raise your risk. Keep reading to see which matter most — and how to stay out of the danger zone.

Who tends to move back and forth between the left and right abdomens and moves around a little every 48 hours to avoid hitting the same spot...

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