Diabetes log book, United States, 1980-1983
By monitoring glucose levels people with diabetes can control their condition. This log book shows insulin dosages and the blood and urine glucose levels of a person with diabetes. If blood sugar levels are too high (hyperglycaemic) or too low (hypoglycaemia), a person can fall into a coma. High blood sugar levels are treated with injections of insulin. Low blood sugar levels can be offset by a small amount of sugary food or drink. This book has clearly been close to hand during the injecting process as the back page is covered in dried blood.
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This term refers to any form of metabolic disorder characterized by extreme thirst and excess urine production.
A hormone that causes the body's cells to take up glucose from the blood. (Diabetes is the loss of control of the body's levels of insulin.)
Glossary: log book
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