A1C (Also called HbA1C test or hemoglobin A1C)
A test that shows the average amount of sugar in the blood for the past 2 to 3 months.
This test helps your doctor to see if your blood sugar is where it needs to be.
The main sugar that the body makes from food. Without insulin, cells can't use blood
glucose for energy.
A type of food that your body needs for energy. There are two different kinds of
carbohydrates: simple (meaning sugar, bread, or fruit) and complex (vegetables and
Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
CDE’s are healthcare professionals certified by the National Certification Board
for diabetes educators. The CDE acts as a teacher for the patient, introducing them
to the how-to’s of diabetes management.
A sugar in your blood that can be broken down to create energy for your body.
High blood glucose
When there is too much glucose in the blood. This condition can be treated with
The medical term for high blood sugar.
The medical term for low blood sugar.
A hormone that the pancreas makes to help cells break down blood glucose and use
it for energy.
Low blood glucose
When there is too little glucose in the blood. This condition can happen when people
with diabetes accidentally take too much insulin, exercise a lot, or don't eat enough.
A food guide that can help people with diabetes get the right balance of carbohydrates,
proteins, and nutrients into their diet.
The pancreas is a gland near your stomach that makes insulin and enzymes that help
you digest food.
Self-monitoring blood glucose (SMBG)
A way for people with diabetes to check how much glucose (sugar) is in their blood.
Your physician may recommend that you check your blood glucose regularly to be sure
your blood glucose levels are where they need to be.
Type 1 diabetes
A condition where your pancreas can no longer produce insulin. People who have type
1 diabetes must take daily injections of long-acting and short-acting insulin.
Type 2 diabetes
A condition where your pancreas gets overworked, so it produces less insulin, or
when your body becomes less sensitive to the insulin your pancreas is producing.
There are several different ways to treat type 2 diabetes: diet, exercise, and weight
loss at first, then diabetes pills or insulin injections as the condition progresses.
Do not take Lantus® if you are allergic to insulin or any of the
inactive ingredients in Lantus®.
You must test your blood sugar levels while using insulin, such as Lantus®.
Do not make any changes to your dose or type of insulin without talking to your
healthcare provider. Any change of insulin should be made cautiously and only under
Do NOT dilute or mix Lantus® with any other insulin or solution.
It will not work as intended and you may lose blood sugar control, which could be
serious. Lantus® must only be used if the solution is clear and colorless
with no particles visible. Do not share needles, insulin pens or syringes with
The most common side effect of insulin, including Lantus®, is
low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which may be serious. Some people may
experience symptoms such as shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, and blurred vision.
Severe hypoglycemia may be serious and life-threatening. It may cause harm to your
heart or brain. Other possible side effects may include injection site reactions,
including changes in fat tissue at the injection site, and allergic reactions, including
itching and rash. In rare cases, some allergic reactions may be life-threatening.
Tell your doctor about other medicines and supplements you are taking because they
can change the way insulin works. Before starting Lantus®, tell your
doctor about all your medical conditions including if you have liver or kidney problems,
are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to
Lantus® SoloSTAR® is a disposable prefilled insulin
pen. Please talk to your healthcare provider about proper injection technique and
follow instructions in the Instruction Leaflet that accompanies the pen.
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