Learn to control your diabetes with flexible insulin therapy (FIT). Why flexible insulin therapy? Think for a second and the answer is clear—that’s what everyone else’s pancreas is doing. Insulin is given in varying amounts depending on the need at that moment.
Advantages: FIT allows the most flexible lifestyle: eat when you want in the amounts that you want, increase control with exercise, and make blood sugar testing meaningful because the readings provide real information which can be acted upon.
Disadvantages: Requires more frequent dosing of insulin in smaller amounts, or an insulin pump.
How Is It Done?
Matching insulin doses to lifestyle allows better control and improves sensitivity to insulin. This is the appeal of multiple injections and insulin pumps: having both improved blood sugars and a varied, healthy lifestyle.
Talk with your physician if you are interested in improving your control through FIT. The books we carry and information offered in our control section and throughout the site will help you achieve your goals.
Learn tips and rules to help you control your blood sugars
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Severe high blood sugars and ketoacidosis are serious and potentially life-threatening medical problems that can occur in diabetes. Learn tips that will help you detect, prevent, and treat them.
Physical activity is recommended for everyone. It should take place any time a person can and is willing. Learn the importance of exercise in diabetes. Also, read a guest article from Gary Scheiner, MS CDE, Taking the “Ex-” Out of Exercise.
Charts and logbooks are important tools that help make blood sugar control easier.
Learn about alternative therapies to the conventional ways of dealing with diabetes. Be sure to discuss these therapies with your health care provider before using them.