Type 2 Diabetes Handouts & Resources

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For your safety, the information in these handouts and resources should be reviewed with your healthcare provider.

Type 2 diabetes is a disease in which your pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or your body does not properly use the insulin it makes. As a result, sugar (glucose) builds up in your blood instead of being used for energy. It is controlled with lifestyle measures, and often medications, including insulin, are needed.

 

Appointment Preparation & Uploading Device Data

 

Apps and Forgotten Passwords for Glucose Data:

  • Numerous apps are available to assist those with diabetes. These include apps from companies for specific glucose meters, sensors, insulin pumps as well as third party apps. If you've set up an account and forgotten your password, please see this resource.

 

Classes in the Calgary area:

 

Resources and Handouts

 

Definitions and Diagnosis

 

Safety

 

Monitoring

 

Management

 

Nutrition

  • Healthy Eating for Diabetes
  • Diabetes: Healthy Meal Planning (for more information about carb content of foods)
  • Nutrition education materials (AHS) - click on Diabetes to find publicly available handouts
  • Glycemic Index (Diabetes Canada)
  • Matching insulin to carbohydrate (AHS) (for certain people using rapid insulin)
  • Carbohydrate Counting Resources (for certain people using rapid insulin)
    • Your diabetes team will help you decide how to match insulin to carbohydrate. This usually includes counting grams of carbohydrate. Resources:
      • Labels: Subtract the grams of fibre from the grams of carbohydrate for the portion on the label.
      • Restaurant websites: Many fast food and other restaurants have nutrient analysis posted online for their products.
      • Diabetes Canada "Beyond the Basics" Tool. Talk to your dietitian as the full tool is not available online.
      • Nutrient Analysis Apps: Visit your smart phone's app store.  Popular Apps include Calorie King and MyFitnessPal. This doesn’t imply an endorsement, or any guarantee of accuracy or ease of use. You may want to search Appcrawlr for reviews. 
      • General carbohydrate estimates. One carbohydrate choice contains 15 grams of carbohydrate (after the fibre is subtracted). Each of the following is one carbohydrate choice: 1 slice of bread or 1/2 cup (125 mL) cooked pasta/potato/other starch; 1 medium piece of fruit; 1 cup (250 mL) of milk; 1 tbsp (15 mL) of sugar, jam or honey. A general guideline for the number of carbohydrate choices to eat per meal is 2-4 for most women and 4-6 for most men. For snacks: 0-1 for women and 0-2 carb choices for men.
      • Nutrient Analysis Websites: Canadian Nutrient File (for download), Self Nutrition DataCalorie King 
  • Alcohol and Diabetes (Diabetes Canada)

 

Physical Activity

 

Diabetes in Pregnancy

 

Insulin Pump Therapy Handouts and Pump Reps

 

Additional Resources

 

Research Studies

Healthy Food Assistance: Do you have trouble affording healthy food? Click this link if you agree to be in a research study that will randomly put you in one of 2 groups:

  • provide a handout on healthy eating
  • provide the same handout + some extra money to pay for healthy food

 

Other studies: If you are interested in being part of any diabetes research studies please visit the University of Calgary's Clinical Trials Unit website for opportunities: https://www.ucalgary.ca/diabetes-clinical-trials.