• TOPIX  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017
    [Sugar] Why Halloween Can Be Scary When You Have Diabetes
    If you have diabetes , all the extra sugar that's part of the festivities can lead both children and adults into temptation overload. For someone with diabetes, managing food intake requires self-discipline and planning," says Brenda Braslow, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in Indialantic, Florida, and a consultant for MyNetDiary
  • TOPIX  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2017
    [Sugar] Grocery List Essentials for Diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes, which is the most common form, occurs when the body becomes unable to adequately use the insulin produced by the pancreas to regulate blood sugar, especially after eating As more and more people of all ages are diagnosed with diabetes everyday, grocery stores can expect people to turn more toward home cooked meals, seeking out nutrition advice and healthier options for feeding themselves and their families.
  • TOPIX  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017
    [Sugar] Free advice and information sessions for adults with diabetes
    The session only lasts two and a half hours and provides information about diabetes, the effect of high blood sugar on the body and how to manage diabetes. Sessions are held at Kingsway Learning Centre on Victoria Road, Widnes, Hough Green Health Park in Widnes and Castlefields Health Centre in Runcorn
  • SARA KNICKS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017
    [Sugar] Your Liver Has Impaired Glucose Tolerance, Too
    Sometimes we get caught up in the debate about how much sugar a person with diabetes should have the guiltless freedom to enjoy and we forget to look at other factors that apply to any human being. Food News Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes Weight Management added sugar heart health liverTake the liver, for example. When we have a piece of cake, we’re generally concerned with the effect […].
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017
    [Sugar] How to Have a Colonoscopy While Taking Insulin
    If you’re using short-acting insulin, you may need to ask your physician for guidance, since there are many ways that patients adjust their insulin depending on their unique blood sugar needs. You will need to continue to check your blood sugar as your physician has asked, plus you may need to do a few extra checks, because this prep day will be a challenge for your numbers.
  • TOPIX  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017
    [Sugar] Lack of Sleep Tied to Diabetes of Pregnancy
    Gestational diabetes - abnormally high blood sugar that develops during pregnancy - can lead to excessive birth weight, preterm birth or respiratory distress in the baby, among other problems. It can also increase the mother's risk for Type 2 diabetes later in life
  • INSULIN NATION  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017
    [Sugar] Quiz: Is Your Partner Helpful With Your Type 1 Diabetes?
    You planned to order pizza with your partner, but you’ve been battling high blood sugars all day. Things are getting steamy, but you say you have to check your blood sugar. Is the one you’re with helpful when it comes to supporting you in your Type 1 diabetes self-care? Take this short quiz to see if your partner is going to raise or lower your A1C scores over the long haul. You describe the problem and your partner… a.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017
    [Sugar] 2 Things You Can Do That May Lower Depression Risk
    While the extra risk is substantial, there are things that we can do to lower our risk like managing blood sugar levels as tightly as possible. According to the latest research, people with diabetes are much more at risk for developing depression. What else can we do? Eat Some Fish Recent research has revealed two other […]. News Treatments Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes depression and diabetes diabetes burnout exercise fish
  • SARA KNICKS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017
    [Sugar] Why I’m Excited About Tandem’s X2 Dexcom G5 Software Update
    Technology Type 1 Diabetes Android Animas Apple Asante continuous glucose monitor (CGM) Dexcom Dexcom G5 google insulin insulin pumps iOS iPhone low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) Medtronic Omnipod roche t:slim t:slim X2 tandemBy David Ahn, MD In late August, the FDA approved Tandem Diabetes’ long-awaited first software update for their X2 Insulin Pump that enables Dexcom G5 integration.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017
    [Sugar] Why Foot Care is Important for People with Diabetes
    Foot issues arise because of damage to fine blood vessels in the feet caused by high blood sugar levels. Certified diabetes educator Becky Wells recently retired from working with a diabetes self-management education program at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. She has shared her “Ask the Diabetes Educator” advice columns from that program with Insulin Nation. Question: Why is foot care mentioned so much in diabetes management?
  • SARA KNICKS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2017
    [Sugar] The Blood Sugars That Bring Me to My Knees
    Life with Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes feelings insulin low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) sadnessWhen I was pregnant and about 6 years into my yoga practice, I was asked to start a prenatal yoga class in my local town. Looking back, I am amazed that everyone survived. I was inexperienced, teaching from a book and making grand claims about how the pain we were experiencing while stretching our legs […].
  • TOPIX  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017
    [Sugar] Type 2 diabetes: Blood sugar pill shows promise
    The pill form of the drug semaglutide is worth pursuing as a way to control blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes, say researchers. So concluded a phase II clinical trial that found that the pill was better at glycemic control than a placebo over a 26-week period
  • TOPIX  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017
    [Sugar] Pennington Biomedical testing new diabetes medication
    Borne out of a need for type 2 diabetes medications that both lower blood sugar levels and lead to significant weight loss, which may slow down or even reverse type 2 diabetes, the MEDI T2D research study will assess the effectiveness of a study drug when added to metformin for the management of type 2 diabetes.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017
    [Sugar] When Should Someone Be Screened for Diabetes?
    Adults over 45 years of age often are screened every three years by using a fasting blood sugar test, glucose tolerance test, or Hemoglobin A1C test. Certified diabetes educator Becky Wells recently retired from working with a diabetes self-management education program at Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, Texas. She has shared her “Ask the Diabetes Educator” advice columns from that program with Insulin Nation. Question: I have diabetes and I understand it can run in the family.
  • TOPIX  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2017
    [Sugar] GP referral to Weight Watchers avoided type 2 diabetes in third of patients
    The initiative also helped more than half of those referred either to reduce their risk of developing diabetes or to get their blood sugar levels back to normal More than a third of patients at risk of developing type 2 diabetes avoided developing the condition after they were referred by their family doctor to a diabetes prevention programme delivered by the commercial weight management provider, Weight Watchers, finds research published in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care.
  • TOPIX  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017
    [Sugar] From breast cancer battle to Alan Sugar as my boss: 'I would never.
    AN INSPIRATIONAL breast cancer survivor battling debilitating illnesses has turned her life around to live life to the full - and today even calls billionaire businessman Lord Alan Sugar her boss. Geraldine Staples thought her life was over and began planning her own funeral when she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in 2006 and today faces a daily battle with a number of health issues
  • SARA KNICKS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017
    [Sugar] Defeating the Hypoglycemia Binge
    Life with Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes Bright Spots and Landmines Book insulin low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) overeatingThis article is reprinted with permission from diaTribe. Find the original article here. By Adam Brown How to overcome the most frustrating diabetes landmine The “hypoglycemia binge” is easily one of the most frustrating parts of having diabetes. Upon seeing a “43 mg/dl” on the meter, the chain of events often looks like this: (i) […].
  • TOPIX  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017
    [Sugar] Fizzy drinks damaging kids' livers
    Fructose, the most deadly form of sugar, is far more damaging to health than glucose - and now scientists can explain why A sweetener used in fizzy drinks, cakes, biscuits and ice cream is fuelling a potentially fatal liver disease in children, according to new research.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2017
    [Sugar] Diabetic Danica: Diabetes Alert Dogs!
    A diabetes alert dog (DAD) can detect high and low blood sugars and, if properly trained, can be certified as a service animal. Type 1 Diabetes diabetic alert dog (DAD) Diabetic Danica low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) videoIn this video Danica answers the oft asked question if her dog Ampersand is a diabetes alert dog. She also discusses her thought process on deciding whether or not to get a […].
  • SARA KNICKS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017
    [Sugar] Autoimmune Disease: The Type 1 Diabetes & Thyroid Connection
    Type 1 Diabetes autoimmune disease autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD) Graves disease Hashimoto's thyroiditis hypothyroidism low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) thyroidAutoimmune disease is a complicated and largely unknown subject — almost as murky as the statistics on the matter.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2017
    [Sugar] Why We Chose to Use a Closed Loop System
    Technology Type 1 Diabetes closed-loop system Dexcom diabetes app diabetes devices insulin insulin pumps low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) parentingCaleb and I were in the lobby of his dance studio and he started jumping up and down — not for dance but because he had just received an email announcing his acceptance to the Global Leadership program to which he applied. Up until that moment, I was pretty certain I had nothing to worry […].
  • SARA KNICKS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2017
    [Sugar] A Number You Can Count On: Strategies for Selecting the Right Blood Glucose Meter
    You can get movies on your phone, a phone on your watch, and a watch that monitors your blood sugar (among other things). Technology Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes Apple blood glucose/sugar meter blood glucose/sugar meter accuracy insulin insulin pumps low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) U.S. By Gary Scheiner MS, CDE and Alicia Downs RN, BSN, CDE We live in a remarkable time of technological growth and change!
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] Statin Reccommended for People With Diabetes
    Statins are generally considered safe enough to take over for a lifetime, but the drugs have been associated with some side effects, including elevated blood sugar. If you have diabetes, don’t be surprised if your doctor prescribes statins in 2014. In what has been described as a potentially-seismic shift in health policy, the American Heart Association and several other medical groups have changed the guidelines for the use of statins, a group of popular cholesterol-lowering drugs.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] Should All People With Diabetes Try Eating Low Carb?
    The average patient’s blood sugar management hasn’t improved in 10 years despite better technology–should more focus be made on […]. Food Life with Diabetes Treatments Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes diabetes and food diabetes diet insulin low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) low-carb dietEating low-carb is not currently viewed as an initial recommendation for all people with diabetes.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] Pump Therapy to the Rescue for Type 2 Diabetes?
    With the help of that drug, and the counseling I received from my doctors and nutritionist, I was able to control my blood sugar for years. Although my progress was closely monitored and my doses adjusted according to my results, I was finding my blood sugar control was still not optimal and my A1c levels were higher than desired. When I first learned that I had Type 2 diabetes in 2001, I thought my world had come crumbling down right before my eyes.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] Metformin – a Misunderstood Drug?
    That’s important, as the drug has become well established as the first medicinal tool in the toolbox to regulate blood sugar levels in prediabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Metformin may be one of the most widely used drugs in the 21st century. Now, a new study seems to indicate it’s also one of the most misunderstood. Since metformin hit the UK market more than half a century ago, clinicians have worked under the premise that the drug works primarily in the bloodstream.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] Doctors Recognize Need for Individualized A1C Goals
    When calculating a person’s ability to control their diabetes, doctor’s measure their HbA1c (or A1C for short) score, which defines average blood sugar levels over a long period of time. In the article, Dr. Anne Peters, a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, says this new way of thinking calls into question the fundamental idea of “normalized” blood sugar levels; Dr. Peters was not involved in the study.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] What the Heck are SGLT2 Inhibitors?
    The drugs work by blocking SGLT2 proteins in the kidneys, which lowers the amount of blood sugar absorbed into the bloodstream. People discuss the pancreas when it comes to blood sugar management, but the kidneys have an important role to play, too. The protein SGLT2 allows the kidneys to lower blood sugar and remove any extra glucose via the urinary tract. There is also a potential for hypoglycemia (severe low blood sugar), as the body is removing excess glucose.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] Weekly Injectable Notches Another Study Victory
    In the trial, semaglutide helped trial participants achieve improved blood sugar control; it also reduced the need for injected insulin for people with Type 2 diabetes. As Type 2 diabetes progresses, some people with the condition must supplement their body’s natural insulin production with drug therapy. This can include taking GLP-1 drugs, a relatively new drug therapy which encourages the body’s natural insulin production and lessens the body’s insulin needs.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] Metformin and Canagliflozin Work Better Together
    A combo treatment of metformin and canagliflozin was more effective for blood sugar control than either of the drugs individually, according to a recent study conducted by the research arm of drugmaker Janssen Pharmaceuticals. The best blood sugar control was achieved when both drugs were used, regardless of the canagliflozin dose.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] Diabetes Complications – What You Need to Know
    These complications occur when the body is damaged by chronically uncontrolled blood sugar, blood pressure, or cholesterol levels, or some combo of the three. These acute complications are hypoglycemia (dangerously low blood sugar levels) and diabetic ketoacidosis (dangerously high blood sugar levels that lead to ketones in the blood). For prevention, visit an ophthalmologist at least once a year, maintain tight control of blood sugar, and control blood pressure.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] FDA Approves Metformin For Some with Kidney Issues
    One common complication of Type 2 diabetes is that high blood sugar levels can make the kidneys work too hard. Unfortunately, many medications to lower blood sugar levels are not considered safe for people with kidney problems. Use of metformin, for example, has been restricted for those with kidney issues because the drug is removed from the body via the kidneys, and it can build up in those with lower kidney function.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] Which Diabetes Treatment Works Best?
    Medscape recently reported on a review of over 200 studies that measured the effectiveness of blood sugar-lowering drugs. Here are some key findings: Blood sugar-lowering effects. While many of the diabetes drugs reviewed lowered A1C scores, two (metformin and sulfonylureas) seemed to lower blood sugar levels the most. This drug has been making waves in the diabetes industry because it’s the first drug found to lower both blood sugar levels and heart disease risk.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] What are Sulfonylureas?
    Sulfonylureas remain an effective and cheap option for blood sugar control, and are often used in combination with metformin. Know Your Drugs. A drug prescription can come with a lot of questions. With our “Know Your Drugs” series, we provide you with a snapshot of the different diabetes drugs on the market, and links to additional information. Metformin may be the most widely prescribed drug for Type 2 diabetes, but a lesser-known type of drug, sulfonylureas (SUs), ranks second.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] FDA Warns Canagliflozin Could Pose Amputation Risk
    Canagliflozin, a sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, is used to help lower blood sugar levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. The FDA recently warned that the diabetes drug canagliflozin has been linked to an increased risk of leg and foot amputation. It’s marketed as a stand-alone drug therapy under the name of Invokana and as part of a combo therapy under the name of Invokamet.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] Pot Tested as Treatment for Neuropathy Pain
    Diabetic neuropathy occurs when a series of nerves and blood vessels are damaged from chronically high blood sugar levels. A new study by Medscape suggests that marijuana may be effective in treating pain caused by diabetic neuropathy. The study, published in the Journal of Pain , is reportedly the first to measure the effect of cannabis on diabetic neuropathy. It was led by researchers at the Division of Pain Management at the University of California, San Diego.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] New Continuous Glucose Monitors for Type 2?
    When it comes to blood sugar control, knowledge is power. People with diabetes who are vigilant about monitoring their blood sugar levels can identify patterns throughout the day and make corrections. To do this, some people with diabetes use a device called a continuous glucose monitor, which automatically monitors blood sugar readings every few minutes.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2017
    [Sugar] Metformin Deemed Safe for Most Medical Imaging
    Metformin is an oral drug which lowers blood sugar levels by decreasing the amount of sugar produced in the liver and increasing the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin. Discontinuing metformin 48 hours before a scan may solve the problem, but elevated blood glucose levels can also affect scans, so some alternative means of bringing down blood sugar levels must be found for that 48-hour period.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017
    [Sugar] How to “Eat to Your Meter”
    Yet, there are newly diagnosed people with diabetes everyday who can benefit and those who might have become distracted with dietary advice who might appreciate the reminder to pay attention to how food affects our blood sugars. The advice to “eat to your meter” isn’t new and it’s gone around many times.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017
    [Sugar] The First Time My Mom Tested My Blood Sugar
    In this condensed excerpt, Quinn shares what it was like when her mother identified she had uncontrolled high blood sugars. Quinn, would you check your blood sugar on Will’s meter?”. It’s probably nothing, but I want to check your blood sugar.”. After two years and three months of helping Will monitor his blood sugar, I knew that a healthy glucose reading was between 80 mg/dL and 120 mg/dL. sponsor.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017
    [Sugar] Navigating My Way Through a Food Heavy Culture
    Food Life with Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes blood glucose/sugar control family of person with diabetes food choices insulin insulin pumpsGrowing up in an Italian family, there has always been a big emphasis on food. Our cupboards, fridges and freezers at home are always well stocked. Every Friday, I receive a reminder from Mum and Dad to add whatever I want to the weekly shopping list. If I haven’t taken any lunch to work with […].
  • INSULIN NATION  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017
    [Sugar] Is There a Production of RENT with Diabetes Instead of AIDS?
    for Diabetes mellitus high blood sugar syndrome. — " class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> rachel slime " class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> (@rachsyme) October 6, 2017. So, sometimes things blow up on Twitter in a big way.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017
    [Sugar] Is There a Production of RENT with Diabetes Instead of AIDS?
    for Diabetes mellitus high blood sugar syndrome. — " class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> rachel slime " class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> (@rachsyme) October 6, 2017. So, sometimes things blow up on Twitter in a big way.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017
    [Sugar] In the Dark Without My CGM
    Life with Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes continuous glucose monitor (CGM) finger pricks insulin low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia I’ve been using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) since November 2015 and it has made a huge difference in my diabetes management. It has narrowed the glucose swings so much and it has been a huge relief in my anxiety relating to trying to avoid hypos. And I have worn it 24/7 since I got it. […].
  • TOPIX  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] Diabetes Symptoms in Men
    Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that occurs when your blood sugar , is too high. Glucose is what the body uses for energy, and the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin that helps convert the glucose from the food you eat into energy
  • TOPIX  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] Can insulin pumps work better than injections for kids with diabetes?
    Children and teens with type 1 diabetes who use insulin pumps may have better-controlled blood sugar and fewer complications than youth who inject insulin, a new study suggests. Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong condition that develops when the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow blood sugar to enter cells and produce energy
  • TOPIX  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] Pump May Beat Shots for Type 1 Diabetes
    In young people with type 1 diabetes, insulin pump therapy may offer better blood sugar control and fewer complications than daily injections of the vital hormone, new German research suggests. Insulin pumps work, and they work even somewhat better than multiple daily injections overall," said Dr. Robert Rapaport, chief of the division of pediatric endocrinology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City
  • INSULIN NATION  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] Neuropathy Pain Can Increase Risk of Depression
    The researchers surveyed 181 people with diabetes on blood sugar scores, neuropathy and emotional well-being. In people with diabetes, neuropathy can be caused by a variety of factors, including high blood sugar levels and autoimmune inflammation. Painful neuropathy can lead to an increased risk of depression for those with diabetes, a new study suggests.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] Retinopathy Slowed by Good Blood Sugar Control
    One of the better treatment plans for retinopathy is improved blood sugar control, according to a the results of a new study. On June 11th, 2016, the National Institute of Health released results of a long-term study examining the link between blood sugar control and retinopathy, a diabetes-related complication that can cause vision loss and blindness. In both studies, it was found that tight control of blood sugar levels slowed the advance of retinopathy.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] What Is Insulin Therapy?
    A person with Type 1 diabetes has a pancreas that produces little to no insulin; they need insulin treatment to keep their blood sugar levels from climbing to deadly unhealthy levels. If a person on insulin therapy has too much insulin in the bloodstream, it can lead to hypoglycemia, or dangerously low blood sugar levels. If treatment is not administered to bring blood sugar levels back up, hypoglycemia can sometimes lead to coma or death.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] What is Metformin?
    It is considered a generally safe and effective drug for lowering blood sugar levels, and it’s one of the first diabetes medications prescribed after diagnosis. There is a compound found within the plant that lowers blood sugar. By itself, the compound, called guanidine, can be toxic, but when two guanidine compounds are combined, they became a useful tool for blood sugar control. A drug prescription can come with a lot of questions.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] A Glimpse Into Your Next Retinopathy Exam
    When I was a kid, my Aunt Anna’s dwindling eyesight, and her eventual blindness, were attributed to what the civilians in the family referred to as “sugar diabetes.” It doesn’t matter, really, what your exact diabetes diagnosis is – if your blood sugar level is elevated and high levels are sustained, you risk the kind of blood vessel and nervous tissue damage that could render you blind.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] Sex and Type 2 Diabetes
    Vaginal dryness can be easily remedied with lubricant (just make sure it’s sugar free!), Pour Some Sugar On Me. Much like with exercise, sex will lower your blood sugar levels – and nothing says “romance” quite like a hypoglycemic episode, right? No, so make sure you check your blood glucose levels before sex and be prepared to treat low blood sugar, if needed, with snacks (strawberries? Your sex life should not stop with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] Metformin Deemed Safe for Most Medical Imaging
    Metformin is an oral drug which lowers blood sugar levels by decreasing the amount of sugar produced in the liver and increasing the sensitivity of muscle cells to insulin. Discontinuing metformin 48 hours before a scan may solve the problem, but elevated blood glucose levels can also affect scans, so some alternative means of bringing down blood sugar levels must be found for that 48-hour period.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] Researchers Find Sulfonylureas Don’t Pose a Cardiovascular Risk
    However, a recent study suggests that an older class of drugs might still be a safe and effective tool to help manage blood sugar levels. This class of drug can be taken in addition with metformin to assist in blood sugar control. Some of the side effects associated with sulfonylureas are weight gain and potential low blood sugar. If you watch cable TV, you likely know that there are many new drug brands available to treat Type 2 diabetes.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2017
    [Sugar] Conversations About Diabetes
    Life with Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes brittle diabetes conversations exercise insulin insulin pumps low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) the things people say about diabetes U.S. “Are you a brittle diabetic?” Two things I don’t like to hear in one sentence. But…if you live with diabetes long enough, you’re going to hear questions like that. I actually had a great conversation with the person who asked that a couple of weeks ago.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
    [Sugar] Steroids Make Blood Glucose Levels Rise
    This always makes my blood sugar levels go up, and nothing I do seems to get them down. Answer: The use of steroids (glucocorticoids) can cause significantly high blood sugar levels. Some people can have blood sugars as high as 400 mg/dL to 500 mg/dL while taking steroids. If steroids are necessary, ask how often you should check your blood sugar and whether your diabetes medications should be adjusted.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
    [Sugar] I was Diagnosed with Type 1 at 28 Years Old
    I checked my fasting blood sugar that Friday morning and it was 336 mg/dL, but I had no clue how high that was so I just went on with my day. I talked to my mom that morning and told her what my blood sugar was. My wife, my family, and my local Type 1 adult support group help me with my late nights and unpredictable blood sugars. I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes on September 26, 2015 at 28 years old.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
    [Sugar] “It Still Sucks.”
    While they are an inspiration, it’s important to remember that they are human, too, and they have had their shares of troubles with blood sugar management. The Type 1 community often looks to those who have had Type 1 diabetes for decades to find pearls of wisdom for how to stay healthy long-term with the condition. This photo sent to us by Darlene Schiesser for our “Type 1 Diabetes Snapshots” series with this succinct caption: “I have had diabetes for over 30 years.
  • D-MOM  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
    [Sugar] Kids First, Diabetes Second Book: Putting Diabetes in the Background
    Yes, your child needs to have their blood sugar checked and get insulin, but these should become minor interruptions, not the most prominent events each day. When your child comes into your room or meets you downstairs in the kitchen, don’t let the first questions out of your mouth be “Did you check your blood sugar? If your child had blood sugar issues during the school day, I’m sure the nurse or other staff already called you.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2017
    [Sugar] Victoza Approved to Reduce Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke, and Heart-Related Death
    Treatments Type 2 Diabetes A1c GLP-1 heart disease heart health low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) SGLT-2 U.S. This article is reprinted with permission from diaTribe. Find the original article here. By Jeemin Kwon FDA Approves New GLP-1 Label on Victoza to show that the medicine makes hearts healthier! Victoza, a once-daily injectable GLP-1 agonist for type 2 diabetes, is now FDA-approved to reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart-related death. The Agency […].
  • SARA KNICKS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2017
    [Sugar] Do SGLT-2 Inhibitors for Type 2 Diabetes Raise Cancer Risk?
    SGLT2 drugs lower blood sugar by blocking the reabsorption of glucose in the kidneys, allowing them to excrete this excess glucose by way of urine. SGLT-2 inhibitors are a class of type 2 diabetes drugs that have shown a link for raising one’s cancer risk. Medications in this class include canagliflozin, dapagliflozin, and empagliflozin which are […]. News Treatments Type 2 Diabetes cancer empagliflozin medications for type 2 diabetes SGLT-2
  • TOPIX  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017
    [Sugar] Trial opens for diabetes patients
    If blood sugar is normalized the need for medication disappears," McKelvey explains Sean McKelvey, CEO of the Institute for Personalized Therapeutic Nutrition, is part of a clinical trial that aims to treat diabetes sufferers "just using food." "If
  • SARA KNICKS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017
    [Sugar] 5 Ways to Use Cell Phone App Technology to Manage Diabetes
    Let’s face it, diabetes management takes a lot of work: balancing your routine, keeping track of the data, planing for exercise and meal plans, dealing with blood sugar levels, and taking insulin. However, with convenient technology slowly making every aspect of our lives far more efficient and simple, you no longer have to complete this […]. Technology Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes diabetes apps diabetes data diabetes technology exercise insulin logbook MyFitnessPal mysugr
  • SARA KNICKS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017
    [Sugar] Abbott’s New Freestyle Flash: Instant, Painless Glucose Monitoring Without Finger Sticks
    Technology Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes A1c Abbott Bigfoot Biomedical continuous glucose monitor (CGM) exercise Flash glucose monitoring system Freestyle Libre insulin low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) U.S. A new glucose monitoring system has recently received U.S. FDA approval, which removes the need for routine finger sticks and is still reliably accurate enough to use for insulin dosing.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017
    [Sugar] Do You Have Type 2 Diabetes and Say “No” to Insulin?
    Life with Diabetes Treatments Type 2 Diabetes fear insulin low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) managing type 2 diabetesA new study found that 30 percent of people with type 2 diabetes chose not to take insulin when it was first prescribed and instead started taking it about 2 years later. Do you have type 2 diabetes and have you said “no” or “not yet” to taking insulin?If If so, why? Here are some widely […].
  • TOPIX  |  FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2017
    [Sugar] Brave East Kilbride girl takes on 5K fundraising walk to find cure for diabetes
    Little Anna Ferrar and her family have dealt with the daily struggle of multiple blood sugar tests, insulin injections and carb-counting since she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at just two years old A brave four-year-old girl from East Kilbride will put her best foot forward this weekend in the hope of finding a life-changing cure for diabetes.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2017
    [Sugar] Give Your Insulin Time to Work and What Carbs Have to Do With It
    Food Life with Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes bolus insulin carbohydrates Humalog insulin insulin timing low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) rapid-acting insulinIt depends on the type of insulin you take but chances are you take a type of insulin that requires you to give it some time to begin its action before you dig into your food. As an example, humalog begins working in approximately 15 minutes and peaks in about an hour, lasting a total […].
  • TOPIX  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
    [Sugar] Solutions for diabetes: a Live, plant-based nutritional program that effectively balances blood sugar
    Over 30 million people - almost 10 percent of the United States population - currently suffer from diabetes, with type 2 diabetes accounting for up to 95 percent of the cases. And, let's not forget the millions of people in a prediabetic condition - which leads to all sorts of health issues, as well
  • SARA KNICKS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
    [Sugar] Use Vial Safe to Protect Your Expensive Insulin Vials
    Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes insulin low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) vialsafe videoEditors note: We originally ran this post in 2012, but after hearing of Joel Grossman’s passing, we wanted to share it with readers once again in his honor. Joel was a fellow diabetic who created this product to help others. We thank you, Joel, for all you’ve done for our community. When Joel Grossman sent […].
  • OUR DIABETIC LIFE  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
    [Sugar] I heard my son's name.
    I picked up my phone to check the boys’ blood sugar numbers. I corrected his sugar and thought that neither of these corrections was really an emergency. I pricked his finger to check his blood sugar. I had just returned from a long trip and was sleeping soundly in my own bed. My dreams were vivid and detailed; My consciousness wasn’t anywhere near where my body slumbered. I heard my son’s name and it woke me up. I opened my eyes and listened. There was only silence.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
    [Sugar] How Many Carbs Were in That Lozenge?
    Unless Chancellor Hammond had a sugar-free lozenge ready for May just in case, which seems unlikely, then May took what was offered without stopping to worry about the carb count. It is telling, however, that the tweet from her account to commemorate her coughing struggles during the speech features a sugar-free lozenge (white wrapper) and a sugar-free cough-and-cold syrup.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
    [Sugar] 6 Parodies of Songs With Diabetes Injected into the Lyrics
    And she takes Carole King’s “So Far Away” as the basis for “So High Today,” a song about the mysteries of a day with high blood sugar levels. Melissa Lee has been pairing diabetes research fundraising with her love of singing to motivate those who give to her numerous campaigns.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
    [Sugar] A Mysterious Low Blood Sugar
    Life with Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes anxiety family of person with diabetes insulin Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults (LADA) low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) low-carb dietIt finally happened! I’d heard about it, read about it, feared it, even dreaded it. But one can’t stave off the inevitable. At some point, if you live with diabetes and take insulin you’re going to have a mysterious low. Today it was my turn. It would have made sense if I’d had lower levels […].
  • TOPIX  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2017
    [Sugar] Scientists design 'smart' tattoos that monitor your health
    Now there's a future where color changing "smart tattoos" can detect health changes such as dehydration and blood sugar levels. Researchers at Harvard and MIT have developed a special ink called Dermal Abyss that provides health assessments in real-time
  • SARA KNICKS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017
    [Sugar] The Best Thing You Can Do to Prevent High Blood Pressure
    Aside from managing blood sugars, here are some things that can help you prevent high blood pressure: eat healthy exercise regularly quit smoking don’t drink too much alcohol manage stress But did you know there is something not on that […]. People with diabetes are generally, as a group, at risk for developing high blood pressure.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017
    [Sugar] Sex Problems From Type 1 Diabetes? You’re Not Alone.
    The poll* of 564 people found that more than seven in 10 respondents reported having had at least one sexual encounter interrupted due to a blood sugar issue. Type 1 diabetes sometimes gets in the way of a healthy sex life for many people, according a reader survey we conducted in September. sponsor. The poll also found that more than 4 in 10 respondents suspected they had or were diagnosed with sexual dysfunction related to Type 1 diabetes.
  • INSULIN NATION  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017
    [Sugar] Trooper with Type 1 Helps Motorist with Diabetes During Bad Hypo
    Trooper Cruz helped bring the man’s sugars up then, as well. Dennis Huntley was in trouble, and it wasn’t because of the police lights flashing behind his car. Huntley, who has diabetes, was pulled off on the side of the road of the New Jersey turnpike on a August day because he was suffering from a dangerous bout of hypoglycemia. His meter read 47 mg/dL, and he had called 911.
  • JOSLIN DIABETES CENTER  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2017
    [Sugar] Ask Joslin: Dairy Foods and Diabetes – To Have …. Or Not to Have
    A serving of milk or yogurt does contain carbohydrates (about 12-15 grams per serving) in the form of lactose, the naturally-occurring sugar in milk. It is best to limit sweetened or flavored yogurts because those will also contain added sugars, which can cause blood sugar to rise more rapidly. People with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes often ask about drinking milk and eating dairy products. We took those questions to Johanna Mitri, M.D.,
  • D-MOM  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2017
    [Sugar] Diabetes in Images and Words: September 2017
    Summary: Diabetes in Images and Words from September 2017 includes middle of the night blood sugar checks, beeping devices at inopportune times, a very low blood sugar, and matchy-matchy BG goodness. I’m trying to post to Instagram more often. If you are also on Instagram, you can follow me…I’m dmomblog. Email and feed subscribers may need to click through for embedded images.). When your d-kid automatically sticks out a hand for a BG check in the night.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2017
    [Sugar] FDA Approves Tandem’s t:slim X2 Pump with Integrated Dexcom G5 CGM
    Technology Type 1 Diabetes Animas continuous glucose monitor (CGM) Dexcom insulin insulin pumps low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) roche t:slim tandem U.S. This article is reprinted with permission from diaTribe. Find the original article here.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2017
    [Sugar] Sunday Food Prep Day for Better Blood Sugars
    Sunday may be your day to rest, worship, watch football, or tackle chores. You might like to try setting aside some time for weekday food preparation, too. One of the more challenging aspects of living with diabetes is sorting out what food to eat and how much to have at each meal or snack. But […]. Food Life with Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes Weight Management diabetes and food healthy eating meal planning
  • SARA KNICKS  |  SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2017
    [Sugar] Preventing Self-Sabotage: Can Keeping a Journal Be the Answer?
    By Erin Spitzberg, MS, RDN, Fit4D CDE, Nutrition Coach and Author You’re doing great; checking your blood sugar, watching your carbs, exercising, and the hard work is really starting to pay off. You look good, feel great, and your blood sugar numbers are really starting to come down. Then, out of nowhere old behaviors start […]. Life with Diabetes Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes diabetes burnout diabetes journey diabetes self-management emotions exercise journal stress
  • TOPIX  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
    [Sugar] FDA approves first blood sugar monitor without finger prick
    regulators have approved the first continuous blood sugar monitor for diabetics that doesn't need backup finger prick tests Abbott's new FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System uses a small sensor attached to the upper arm. ABBOTT LABORATORIES U.S.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2017
    [Sugar] New Ultra Fast-Acting Insulin Fiasp is US FDA Approved
    News Treatments Type 1 Diabetes Type 2 Diabetes A1c basal insulin Fiasp Humalog insulin low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) Novo Nordisk NovoLog U.S. Novo Nordisk’s Fiasp (insulin aspart) 100 Units/mL has been approved by the US FDA. Fiasp is a fast-acting mealtime insulin for adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. According to a PR Newswire press release, it can be given at the beginning of a meal or within 20 minutes after starting a meal. Fiasp […].
  • TOPIX  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2017
    [Sugar] Saving carbs for last may help ward off blood sugar spike for diabetics
    Saving the bread for last at mealtime could help people with diabetes keep their blood sugar under control, new research suggests. People with type 2 diabetes who ate protein and vegetables before they consumed carbohydrate-heavy bread and orange juice had a significantly lower increase in blood sugar after the meal, compared to when they ate carbs first, Dr. Alpana Shukla and Dr. Louis Aronne of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City found
  • TOPIX  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
    [Sugar] FDA approves Abbott's blood glucose monitoring device
    Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved Abbott Laboratories' glucose monitoring device for adults with diabetes, allowing millions of people to track their blood sugar levels without having to prick their fingers. The U.S. An Abbott company logo is pictured at the reception of its office in Mumbai, India, September 8, 2015
  • TOPIX  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
    [Sugar] Many adults with diabetes delay insulin therapy
    Three in ten adults with type 2 diabetes who need to start taking insulin to lower their blood sugar don't begin treatment when their doctors tell them to, a recent study suggests. This matters to patients because insulin therapy is typically offered to patients with high blood sugar levels," said senior study author Dr. Alexander Turchin of Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston
  • SARA KNICKS  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
    [Sugar] Should Dexcom G5 Users Still Rely on Finger Sticks?
    News Technology Type 1 Diabetes continuous glucose monitor (CGM) Dexcom G5 Mobile insulin low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) U.S. The Dexcom G5 Mobile continuous glucose monitoring system has been FDA approved to allow users to make treatment decisions based on the system without checking with a finger stick first. Many users have jumped at this freedom from extra finger-sticks aside from the morning and night calibration checks.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
    [Sugar] Recipe Roundup: Pumpkin Recipes From Sweet to Savory
    Healthy Raspberry Pumpkin Muffins (Sugar-Free) From TheFitBlog: “These healthy […]. In addition to falling leaves, cooler temperatures, and trick-or-treating, this time of year we can look forward to all things pumpkin. Here is a collection of recipes that incorporate pumpkin in baked goods, as alternative to mashed potatoes, in a special treat, and even in soup! Food fall Halloween low-carb diet pumpkin recipe recipe roundup Thanksgiving
  • TOPIX  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
    [Sugar] Novo Nordisk diabetes drug approved in China
    Tresiba is ultralong-acting insulin that is injected once a day to help control the blood sugar levels of patients Danish pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk A/S said Wednesday its Tresiba treatment has been approved by the China Food and Drug Administration to treat diabetes in China, which it said has the world's highest number of adult diabetes patients.
  • TOPIX  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
    [Sugar] Diabetes Medications Not Decreased in Medicare Patients With Low Blood Sugar
    More than one in 10 Medicare patients with diabetes had very low blood sugar, suggesting possible overtreatment, according to a new study. Yet very few of them reduced their refills of glucose-lowering medications over the next 6 months
  • SARA KNICKS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
    [Sugar] Do Continuous Glucose Monitors Help Pregnant Women With Diabetes?
    Researchers conducted a trial to find if continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) would improve a pregnant mother’s blood sugar management as well as obstetric and neonatal health outcomes. News Technology Type 1 Diabetes A1c continuous glucose monitor (CGM) insulin low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) pregnancy with type 1 diabetes
  • TOPIX  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
    [Sugar] Sick-Day Guidelines to follow when you have diabetes
    For a person with diabetes, even a minor illness can lead to dangerously high blood sugar, and in severe cases, life-threatening complications, such as diabetic ketoacidosis or hyperosmolar state. When you are sick, your body reacts by releasing hormones to fight infection
  • SCIENCE DAILY  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
    [Sugar] Injection alternative: Model predicts performance of glucose-responsive insulin
    Researchers have created a computer model that can predict how glucose-responsive insulin will affect patients' blood sugar based on chemical traits such as how quickly it becomes activated in the presence of glucose. This could help scientists design insulin that lingers in a patient's bloodstream and becomes active only when needed, such as right after a meal
  • JOSLIN DIABETES CENTER  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
    [Sugar] Diabetes Management for Two: Tips for Supporting your Significant Other
    Dr. Marilyn Ritholz : There are several ways to start the conversation with your partner that can help you express your desire to help with their diabetes management without overstepping: Begin the conversation with your wish to understand your partner’s experience of the difficult demands of diabetes self-care, such as the need to focus on food intake, exercise, frequent taking of insulin/medication, treating low blood sugars and high blood sugars, and establishing a routine of self-care.
  • SARA KNICKS  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2017
    [Sugar] Listen: Injecting in a Pump World
    She talks with Scott about how they manage diabetes and the need to figure out how to deal with high blood sugars when you aren’t using an insulin pump. Have you found a way to easily deal with high blood sugars […]. General Technology Type 1 Diabetes continuous glucose monitor (CGM) high blood glucose/sugar (hyperglycemia) insulin insulin pumps multiple daily injections (MDI) podcast
  • SARA KNICKS  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
    [Sugar] How Does a Closed-Loop Insulin Delivery System Handle Random Exercise?
    Slovenian researchers tested a closed-loop insulin delivery system to find out how unannounced exercise was dealt with and found that blood sugar levels were kept mostly in target range. For many patients with type 1 diabetes, low blood sugar levels are a big concern surrounding exercise. News Technology Type 1 Diabetes A1c closed-loop system exercise insulin insulin pumps low blood glucose/sugar (hypoglycemia) type 1 diabetes study
  • TOPIX  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
    [Sugar] Confirmed: Artificial sweeteners raise the risk of type 2 diabetes
    Many people who are trying to lose weight discover that sweets are their weakness, so they turn to artificial sweeteners in hopes of continuing to enjoy their favorite treats without all the calories and weight gain associated with sugar. After all, it's sugar that causes type 2 diabetes, right?
  • TOPIX  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
    [Sugar] 3 signs that you have high blood sugar
    With all the processed food available, it's difficult to know the amount of sugar our blood ends up accumulating. Too much sugar can lead to a very serious disease we've all heard of -- diabetes
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