New Online Resource Breaks Down the Basics of Blood Sugar Control

The American College of Endocrinology Launches New Educational Program for People with Type 2 Diabetes

JACKSONVILLE, FL – November 29, 2010 – The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) has launched a new online educational resource, www.bloodsugarbasics.com, as part of the Blood Sugar Basics program, designed to help people living with diabetes, their families and loved ones learn about the importance of understanding and managing low and high blood sugar.  While the program is focused on type 2 diabetes, the most common type of diabetes, it may also be useful for people with other types of diabetes. The Blood Sugar Basics program is supported by Merck.

The Blood Sugar Basics website breaks down information on blood sugar into easy-to-understand interactive features, downloadable resources and fact pages. People with diabetes and their families can start by taking the interactive Blood Sugar Knowledge Quiz to find out how much they know about blood sugar, or download resources like the Low Blood Sugar Checklist to help them recognize and get through an episode of low blood sugar.

“While most people with diabetes recognize the importance of avoiding high blood sugar, they may not know the risks of extremely low blood sugar,” says Farhad Zangeneh, M.D., FACP, FACE, medical director and endocrinology consultant at the Endocrine, Diabetes and Osteoporosis Clinic (EDOC) and member, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) Board of Directors. “Skipping meals, drinking too much alcohol, changing exercise routines can all contribute to low blood sugar; patients may also need to adjust their medications and should talk with their doctor about any episodes of low blood sugar.”

Low blood sugar can make people feel dizzy, sweaty, hungry or tired and if it’s not treated, may even cause loss of consciousness, and people with diabetes should discuss ways to best manage blood sugar with their doctor. To help begin this discussion, people with diabetes can download the Fast Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Blood Sugar or the AACE Diabetes Passport from the website and bring them to their next appointment.

For more information and updates on the Blood Sugar Basics program, visit www.bloodsugarbasics.com.

About Blood Sugar Basics
Blood Sugar Basics is a new educational program aimed to help people living with diabetes, their families and loved ones learn about the importance of blood sugar control as part of a successful diabetes treatment plan. The program was developed by the American College of Endocrinology (ACE) and supported by Merck.

About the American College of Endocrinology (ACE)
The American College of Endocrinology (ACE) is the educational and scientific arm of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE). ACE is the leader in advancing the care and prevention of endocrine and metabolic disorders by: Providing professional education and reliable public health information; Recognizing excellence in education, research and service; Promoting clinical research and Defining the future of Clinical Endocrinology.

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