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Tips for Managing Your Diabetes and Avoiding Complications

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Keep track of the food you eat

For people with diabetes, it's important to keep body weight and blood sugar under control. It may help to record your eating habits in a food diary. Details like what time you eat, how hungry you are before and after you eat, and even what you're thinking about while you eat could go in your food diary. After a while, you may learn more about why you make the food choices you make and what you can do to change them, if necessary.

Kick bad habits—smoking and diabetes

Smoking cigarettes can lead to many health problems. Diabetes symptoms and complications are worse for smokers than nonsmokers. It's also important not to drink excessive amounts of alcohol. If you are a heavy drinker and have diabetes, it is a good idea to cut down or even stop drinking. To learn more about how your drinking habits may be affecting your diabetes, talk to your doctor.

Diabetes and maintaining healthy teeth and gums

Diabetes may lead to higher levels of glucose in your saliva. This could lead to a higher risk for tooth decay and gum disease. To keep your teeth and gums healthy, brush at least 3 times a day and floss daily. You should also make regular visits to your dentist for examinations and cleanings. Learn more about diabetes and your teeth and gums at Cornerstones4Care.com.

Diabetes and sleep—getting a good night's rest

It is important to your overall heath to get a full night of sleep. If you sleep for a normal amount of hours every night but still feel tired during the day, you may have sleep apnea. Loud ongoing snoring is a symptom of sleep apnea. There may also be pauses in the snoring, followed by choking or gasping for air.

People with diabetes are more likely to have sleep apnea. Talk to your doctor if you have sleep apnea, or if you feel that you aren't getting enough sleep at night.

Diabetes and foot care

Some people with diabetes get tingling or numbness in their feet due to nerve damage, called neuropathy. That is why it is important to take good care of your feet. Wash your feet daily and wear clean, dry socks throughout the day. Always wear something on your feet to protect them from cuts or bruises, even inside the house. Check your feet every day to make sure there are no blisters, swelling, or other problems. You can talk to your doctor or a podiatrist about any foot problems you may have. Learn more about diabetes and foot problems.

Check in with your diabetes care
team regularly

Your diabetes care team may be more than just your doctor. Your diabetes treatment plan is more than just treating your blood sugar. Diabetes may also affect your diet, eyes, nerves, feet, and your teeth and gums. You should work with an endocrinologist, a registered dietitian, an ophthalmologist, a podiatrist, and a dentist. Learn more about working with your care team.

Indications and Usage

What is NovoLog® (insulin aspart [rDNA origin] injection)?

  • NovoLog® is a man-made insulin used to control high blood sugar in adults and children with diabetes mellitus.

Important Safety Information

Who should not take NovoLog®?

Do not take NovoLog® if:

  • your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

Before taking NovoLog®, tell your health care provider about all your medical conditions including, if you are:

  • pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • taking new prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including supplements.

Talk to your health care provider about how to manage low blood sugar.

How should I take NovoLog®?

  • Read the Instructions for Use and take exactly as directed.
  • NovoLog® is fast-acting. Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after taking it.
  • Know the type and strength of your insulin. Do not change your insulin type unless your health care provider tells you to.
  • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your health care provider what your blood sugar levels should be and when you should check them.
  • Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes. You may give or get an infection from another person.

What should I avoid while taking NovoLog®?

  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery, until you know how NovoLog® affects you.
  • Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that contain alcohol.

What are the possible side effects of NovoLog®?

Serious side effects can lead to death, including:

Low blood sugar. Some signs and symptoms include:

  • anxiety, irritability, mood changes, dizziness, sweating, confusion, and headache.

Your insulin dose may need to change because of:

  • weight gain or loss, increased stress, illness, or change in diet or level of physical activity.

Other common side effects may include:

  • low potassium in your blood, injection site reactions, itching, rash, serious whole body allergic reactions, skin thickening or pits at the injection site, weight gain, and swelling of your hands and feet.

Get emergency medical help if you have:

  • trouble breathing, shortness of breath, fast heartbeat, swelling of your face, tongue, or throat, sweating, extreme drowsiness, dizziness, or confusion.

For more information, please click here for complete NovoLog® Prescribing Information.

NovoLog® is a prescription medicine.

Talk to your doctor about the importance of diet and exercise in your treatment plan.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Selected Important Safety Information

Who should not take NovoLog®?

Do not take NovoLog® if:

  • your blood sugar is too low (hypoglycemia) or you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

How should I take NovoLog®?

  • Read the Instructions for Use and take exactly as directed.
  • NovoLog® is fast-acting. Eat a meal within 5 to 10 minutes after taking it.
  • Know the type and strength of your insulin. Do not change your insulin type unless your health care provider tells you to.
  • Check your blood sugar levels. Ask your health care provider what your blood sugar levels should be and when you should check them.
  • Do not share needles, insulin pens, or syringes. You may give or get an infection from another person.

Please click here for additional Important Safety Information

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