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3-hour glucose tolerance test  
Abstract: This handout describes the 3-hour glucose tolerance test, which is a follow-up test that is done after an abnormal glucola screening test for diabetes.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 2/2012
A1C and daily blood glucose  
Abstract: This one-page flyer shows a graphic illustrating the correspondence between A1C measurement and average blood glucose levels.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 11/2008
Abnormal glucose tolerance: In people with cystic fibrosis  
Abstract: This handout describes the different kinds of diabetes that can occur in people with cystic fibrosis. It also explains blood glucose, impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance, and diabetes that occurs during pregnancy.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 3/2012
Alcohol and diabetes: Basic tips for safe use  
Abstract: This handout lists guidelines for people with diabetes to follow when using alcohol. It also lists medical conditions that require avoiding alcohol consumption. A chart listing grams of carbohydrates for different types of alcohol is included.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1994
Revised Date: 7/2016
Blood glucose levels: To diagnose pre-diabetes and diabetes  
Abstract: This handout explains blood glucose levels used for pre-diagnosis, diagnosis, and management of diabetes. Target hemoglobin A1C, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels are also given.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 7/2016
Blood glucose log  
Abstract: This handout supplies a table for recording blood glucose readings at various times of the day, and the insulin type and number of units given. Included are spaces for the clinician to personalize the handout with the patients target blood glucose range and dates for follow-up appointments.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 8/2011
Blood glucose testing: For people with cystic fibrosis-related diabetes  
Abstract: This handout gives basic information about blood glucose and how to test it. It includes recommended blood glucose levels for adults with cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 3/2012
Bowel prep for colonoscopy: For people who have diabetes  
Abstract: This handout gives dietary guidelines for people who have diabetes who are preparing for a colonoscopy. Sample menus and food selection guidelines are included.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2009
Complications from diabetes: How to recognize and prevent problems  
Abstract: This handout explains the many possible long-term health complications linked to diabetes. Yearly exams are recommended and suggestions given for delaying or preventing problems that might develop in the patient's blood vessels, eyes, kidneys, and nervous system.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1997
Revised Date: 7/2016
Creating-Healthful-Meal-Plan  
Abstract: This handout for people with diabetes offers tips about planning for a shopping trip and for making good choices at the store.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 7/2016
Cystic fibrosis related diabetes mellitus  
Abstract: This handout explains why people with cystic fibrosis should be screened for diabetes. It tells how to schedule an oral glucose tolerance test at UWMC at what happens during the test.
Author: Cystic Fibrosis Clinic/Med. Spec. Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 3/2011
Diabetes and foot care  
Abstract: This handout for patients with diabetes gives tips to help prevent foot problems.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1995
Revised Date: 4/2015
Diabetes and pregnancy: The best for you and your baby  
Abstract: This manual contains niformation to help pregnant women manage their diabetes for the best health of themselves and their baby. Included are sections on nutrition, hypoglycemia, blood glucose monitoring, oral diabetes medicines, insulin, sick-day guidelines, glucagon use, delivery options, breastfeeding, as well as phone numbers for clinic staff.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 2/2011
Diabetes basics   Japanese
Abstract: This handout gives a basic overview of diabetes management including diet, counting carbohydrates, exercise, weight loss, and monitoring of blood sugar level.
Author: Food and Nutrition Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 11/2010
Diabetes meal planning: How do foods affect blood glucose?  
Abstract: This handout explains how carbohydrates (starch, sugar, fiber), proteins and fats affect blood glucose. Included are guidelines for measuring carbohydrates (carbs), and recommended servings for men and women. It also describes unsaturated, saturated, and trans fats, and gives examples of each.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2016
Diabetes mellitus: Basic facts   Japanese
Abstract: This handout offers basic facts about diabetes mellitus, including what controls blood glucose level, what causes blood sugar to rise out of control, the main types (type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, secondary diabetes and gestational diabetes), who is at risk, how to lower the risk, and what can happen if diabetes is not controlled.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2016
Diabetes supplies for home: Order form  
Abstract: This handout is an order form for diabetes supplies to have at home. It includes check boxes for a clinician to specify diagnosis, pharmacy order, and supplies needed.
Author: Harborview Medical Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 4/2012
Diabetes: What you need to know: Discharge review before you leave the hospital  
Abstract: This handout reviews information patients with diabetes received during their hospital stay at University of Washington Medical Center. It includes sections on testing blood sugar, what to do if blood sugar is too low or too high (hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia), answers to common questions, and meal and snack ideas. (Keywords: teachback, teach back, teach-back)
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2014
Revised Date: 2/2014
Exenatide (Byetta)  
Abstract: This handout describes exenatide (Byetta), a man-made hormone that is injected to help the body release insulin when blood glucose is present. Includes side effects, drug interactions, and storage information.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 2/2012
Fiber: what's in it for you?  
Abstract: This brochure explains insoluble and soluble fiber and how fiber helps you with digestion and disease prevention. Tips are offered to ensure gettnig the right amount of fiber in the diet.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1993
Revised Date: 7/2016
Food choice lists: For carbohydrate counting  
Abstract: This handout provides a list carbohydrates, proteins, fats and "free" foods to be used when counting carbohydrates ("carbs"). A table supplies the carbohydrate grams found in various "carb choices." This information is used most often by patients who have diabetes.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2016
Food labels: Using the "Nutrition Facts" label to count carbohydrates and choose heart-healthy foods  
Abstract: This handout explains how to read food labels and how people with diabetes can use that information to make healthy food choices. Sections include "Using the 'Nutrition Facts' Label," "About Foods Made for People with Diabetes," and "Carbohydrates that Have Less Effect on Blood Glucose."
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 7/2016
Foods for sick days   Japanese Arabic
Abstract: Lists food exchanges and provides guidelines for diabetes management on sick days, including carbohydrate consumption for high or low blood glucose.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1995
Revised Date: 4/2011
Gastroparesis: Diet and nutrition suggestions for people with diabetes  
Abstract: This handout gives diet and nutrition tips for patients with gastroparesis, who also have diabetes. It includes common symptoms, tips to help digestion, and suggestions for a sample diet of 6 small meals a day.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
Gestational diabetes: Maternal and Infant Care Center  
Abstract: This handout describes gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), which is high blood sugar that shows up during pregnancy. The handout explains how to tell if you have it, how it is treated, and how it can affect your unborn and newborn baby.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 1/2012
Glycemic index  
Abstract: This handout compares the impact of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels, in comparision to an equivalent amount of glucose.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1992
Revised Date: 3/2010
High blood glucose: While you are in the hospital  
Abstract: This handout answers common questions about high blood glucose that may occur while a patient is in the hospital. Causes, treatments, and follow-up after discharge are included.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 9/2010
High blood sugar emergencies: What you need to know  
Abstract: This handout tells what to do to prevent a high blood sugar emergency, which can result in diabetic coma (going unconscious). It explains the 2 conditions that can cause these emergencies: diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS).
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2015
Revised Date: 8/2015
How to lower sodium in your diet: For people with diabetes  
Abstract: This handout explains why it is important for people with diabetes to watch how much sodium (salt) they eat. It includes tips on foods you can eat instead of high-sodium options.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2016
Revised Date: 6/2016
How to manage your diabetes before and after surgery  
Abstract: This handout provides important information to help patients manage their diabetes before and after surgery. Included are instructions on when to check blood glucose, what to take and not take before surgery, what to do if using an insulin pump, when to restart diabetes medicines after surgery, and a table to track diabetes medicines taken at home.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 10/2007
Hyperglycemia: High blood glucose  
Abstract: This handout explains hyperglycemia, or high blood glucose. Included are causes, symptoms, and tips for prevention, as well as a chart for writing down one's "personal glucose target range" at various times of the day and before driving a car.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 2/2009
Hypoglycemia: Basic facts  
Abstract: This handout provides basic facts about hypoglycemia: common signs and symptoms, causes, and what to do and not do for someone with hypoglycemia. Also included are the steps to follow to treat low blood glucose (the "Rule of 15"), and a short list of food sources containing at least 15 grams of carbohydrate.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 1/2008
Hypoglycemia: Blood glucose less than 70mg/dL  
Abstract: This handout explains hypoglycemia, its causes, signs and symptoms, and treatment. Included is the "Rule of 15," and a list of quick sources of 15 grams of carbohydrate. This information is specific for patients with diabetes, and includes directions to follow when blood glucose levels are at various levels.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2016
I131 Radioactive Iodine Therapy to Treat Thyroid Cancer  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients who will receive radioactive iodine therapy to help treat thyroid cancer. The information in this document formerly appeared as part of the longer handout, "Receiving Radioactive Iodine for Thyroid Cancer," archived 12/2012.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 12/2012
Insulin instructions: Knowing how much insulin to take   Japanese
Abstract: This worksheet is for patients who have diabetes. It provides customized entries to list insulin requirements based on blood sugar readings at times throughout the day.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 10/2015
Insulin pens: Basic facts  
Abstract: This handout explains what insulin is, the different types of insulin, how to store it, how to give an injection with an insulin pen, and other important information.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 8/2014
Insulin pumps and diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA): How to keep it from happening to you  
Abstract: This handout explains what diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is and how patients who use an insulin pump are more at risk of DKA. It includes early warning signs of DKA, how to manage high blood glucose when wearing an insulin pump, what to do if you have ketones, and when to call for help.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2013
Revised Date: 6/2013
Liraglutide (Victoza)  
Abstract: This handout explains how to use and store liraglutide (Victoza), a man-made hormone that helps the body release insulin when blood glucose is present. It includes side effects and other cautions.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
Liver tumors: Treatment options   Japanese
Abstract: This handout describes the different kinds of liver tumors and how they are treated, including surgical resection, portal vein embolization, hepatic arterial infusion pump placement, liver transplantation, radiofrequency ablation, percutaneous ethanol injection, chemoembolization, radioembolization, radiation, chemotherapy, and palliative care.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2010
Revised Date: 5/2010
Stress management: Enhance your overall health  
Abstract: This handout describes stress as "the effect any situation has on our bodies and minds." Included are symptoms, causes, and ways to manage stress. This handout is specifically for patients with diabetes, but contains information that may be helpful for anyone wanting to know more about dealing with stress and its effects.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 6/2013
Medicines for type 2 diabetes: Basic facts  
Abstract: This handout lists the medicines most often used to help keep blood glucose at healthy levels when a patient has type 2 diabetes. Included are drug names, primary site of action, drug class, how they work, whether it is given by mouth or by injection, and possible side effects.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2016
Monitoring your diabetes  
Abstract: This handout explains how the Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center at University of Washington Medical Center helps patients monitor their diabetes. Topics include home blood glucose monitoring, continuous glucose monitoring, urine ketone testing, and the 3-month blood glucose (glycosylated hemoglobin) test.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 1994
Revised Date: 7/2016
Nutrition during pregnancy when you have diabetes  
Abstract: This handout gives guidelines for food choices for women who have diabetes during pregnancy. It explains what carbohydrates should be avoided and why, and gives helpful tips for keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible. It includes suggestions for what foods to eat at meals and snacks.
Author: Maternal and Infant Care Clinic (MICC)
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 1/2011
Parathyroid surgery: What to expect and how to prepare  
Abstract: This handout explains what to expect when having parathyroid surgery, including how to prepare, what to expect afterward, and when to call the doctor or nurse.
Author: Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2011
Revised Date: 4/2011
PET/CT FDG scan for patients with diabetes  
Abstract: This handout gives special instructions for patients with diabetes who are having an FDG PET scan done. Included are how to do a "practice run" before the actual procedure, and then instructions on how to manage fasting and taking insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents for the night before and day of the scan.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 10/2016
Physical activity and diabetes: Benefits and guidelines  
Abstract: This handout describes some benefits of physical activity for patients with diabetes. It also gives general guidelines for starting an exercise program.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2016
Renal angiogram: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout explains a renal angiogram, which is done for patients with elevated blood pressure or impaired kidney function, thought to be caused by a blockage of the arteries connected to the kidneys. Included are how the procedure works, how to prepare, what to expect, and possible risks.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 3/2006
Sensible snacks: For people with diabetes  
Abstract: This handout explains how snacks can be part of a healthy meal plan. It includes examples of carbohydrate snacks, low-calorie snacks, and protein snacks.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2016
Sick day plans  
Abstract: This handout gives general guidelines for people with diabetes to follow when they are sick. It includes advice on how to prevent diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), and a list of foods to try if they cannot eat their regular diet.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 7/2016
Smoking: A danger for people with diabetes  
Abstract: This handout explains why smoking is especially dangerous for people with diabetes. Included are warnings about potential damage to eyes, kidney, heart, and circulation.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 2/2009
Sources of dietary fat: Heart-healthy eating for people with diabetes  
Abstract: This handout explains the different types of fat: monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, saturated, hydrogenated (trans fats), and Omega-3 fatty acids. Included are tips for eating the healthiest types of fats for a healthy heart, and lists of foods that contain the different fat types.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2007
Revised Date: 7/2016
Step counters: Using a pedometer to count your steps  
Abstract: This handout explains the benefits of using a step counter to monitor the amount of daily exercise. It gives resources for various types of step counters, and include guidelines for how to use the device.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 11/2008
Stress inventory: For patients with diabetes  
Abstract: This flyer lists physical and emotional stresses, and a scale to mark how often the patient has them. This tool is used by Diabetes Care Center to help patients identify their stressors and their possible effect on blood glucose.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2000
Revised Date: 6/2013
Sweeteners: For people with diabetes  
Abstract: This handout, written for people with diabetes, gives information about many common sweeteners and how they may be used in a meal plan.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 7/2016
Symlin (Pramlintide acetate)  
Abstract: This handout describes Symlin, a synthetic (man-made) hormone that works with insulin to control how quickly glucose enters the blood after meals. Side effects, drug interactions, and storage information are included.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 6/2013
Thyroid and parathyroid surgery: What to expect and how to prepare for your operation  
Abstract: This handout outlines how to prepare for and what to expect from thyroid or parathyroid surgery.
Author: Surgical Specialties Center/Surgical Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2002
Revised Date: 12/2009
Thyroid cancer dosimetry using I131: Information, instructions, and precautions  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients who will receive radioative iodine to help look for thyroid cancer. The information in this document formerly appeared as part of the longer handout, "Receiving Radioactive Iodine for Thyroid Cancer," archived 12/2012.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 10/2012
Thyroid cancer survey using I123: Information, instructions, and precautions  
Abstract: This handout gives instructions for patients who will receive radioactive iodine to help look for thyroid cancer. The information in this document formerly appeared as part of the longer handout, "Receiving Radioactive Iodine for Thyroid Cancer," archived 12/2012.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2005
Revised Date: 10/2012
Thyroid FNA: How to prepare for your procedure  
Abstract: This handout describes how a thyroid FNA works, how to prepare for the procedure, how it is done, what to expect during the procedure, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 8/2010
Transjugular liver biopsy  
Abstract: This handout explains a transjugular liver biopsy, which involves taking a sample of tissue from inside the veins of the liver. Included are how the procedure is done, how to prepare, what to expect, possible risks, and how to get the results.
Author: Radiology/Imaging Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2006
Revised Date: 2/2012
Travel tips  
Abstract: This handout offers resources and travel tips for people with diabetes, to help them stay safe and healthy while they are away from home. Included is a checklist for items to bring such as diabetes supplies, snacks, and medical alert identification. Contact information is included for UWMC Travel Medicine Clinics and and the Seattle/King County Health Department.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2001
Revised Date: 7/2016
U-500 insulin: Basic information  
Abstract: This handout explains U-500 insulin, used by people who need high doses of insulin. Included are comparisons to U-100 insulin, how to store U-500 insulin, and cautions.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2012
Revised Date: 2/2012
Using glucagon: For patients on insulin and their caregivers  
Abstract: This handout describes the use of glucagon, an emergency medicine used for hypoglycemia (when blood sugar drops too low). Text and illustrations cover step-by-step instructions, what to teach family and friends about using glycagon, and how to recognize and treat early symptoms of hypoglycemia.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2004
Revised Date: 6/2013
Using insulin  
Abstract: This handout gives basic facts about insulin: how it affects the body, different kinds of insulin, how to store insulin, and descriptions of types of syringes and needles. Included are step-by-step instructions for patients with diabetes, showing how to give an insulin injection, and tips to reduce injection pain.
Author: Patient Care Services
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2008
Revised Date: 7/2016
Worry box exercise: For people with diabetes  
Abstract: This handout provides a form for patients to help them identify what causes their stress and gain insights into which of these stresses can be controlled.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2003
Revised Date: 6/2013
Your diabetes and health maintenance checklist: Goals for control  
Abstract: This handout lists health exams that should be done on a routine basis, and when they should be done, for people with diabetes. Also included are recommendations for lifestyle changes for optimum health, and blood glucose goals.
Author: Endocrine and Diabetes Care Center
Publisher/Date: University of Washington Medical Center, 2009
Revised Date: 7/2016

 
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