Diabulimia is an eating disorder that continues to grow among adolescents, teens and young adults, who have type 1 diabetes. Diabulimia is when type 1 patients deliberately restrict their insulin to lose weight; the reduction or omission of insulin eventually causes out of control blood sugars and multiple diabetes complications. Renaming happened in 2008 to several […]
It seems the efforts to stop our nation’s type 2 diabetes epidemic may be working. After a 20-year increase in prevalence and incidence of diagnosed diabetes in the US, the number of those living with type 2 diabetes has stabilized. Even though, the incidence has decreased only in the Caucasian population. This equates to a, “35% […]
Summer camps gives children with diabetes a chance to unwind and be kids for awhile after the demands of school have ended. Whether your child goes to a diabetes camp or a regular one they are fantastic places to socialize, learn new skills and become more independent.
Freestyle Libre is a new continuous glucose monitoring system (CGM) for individual patient use. It can help you improve and control your diabetes for patients 18 years of age or older. The Freestyle Libre system does require a prescription. It can help you track blood glucose trends, both high and low, without a finger stick which […]
When patients are confronted with taking insulin injections for diabetes treatment, the choices can be overwhelming. You and your physician can choose from pre-loaded pens with disposable pen needles or bottles of insulin with disposable syringes. However, the choice usually depends on the cost, availability, ease of delivery as well as personal preference. But, if the […]
Healthful meal planning is one of the main priorities for diabetes control. You need to understand the basics of a diabetes food plan since there is no one specific "diabetes diet." No health professional will give you a "tear off diet sheet" for eating with diabetes. If they do, find another reputable source for diabetes nutritional information.
In today’s demanding economic times, it may be difficult to manage the cost of ongoing diabetes care. The average person diagnosed with diabetes will spend $16,752.00 per year on medical costs; 60% of that is spent on treatment. The person with diabetes has 2.3 times greater health care expenses yearly, compared to someone without diabetes. Whether […]
I recently educated a middle-aged male patient with diabetes during diabetes management sessions who was suffering from a cardiac issue of which he had no understanding. This poor patient was “in the dark” about what was happening to his heart and he felt too intimidated to ask the real important questions. His diabetes had been diagnosed […]
According to the CDC, over 50% of American adults continue to take vitamins and supplements, even though multiple studies suggest they are often “unnecessary or harmful”. A study by The Atlantic, published in 2013, showed that supplements “may shorten your life span”. Women tend to purchase and take supplements more than men. The studies keep changing, […]
CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) is a FDA-approved system that measures blood sugar levels in “real time throughout the day and night.” By wearing a CGM you will have a better picture of what your blood sugars are doing from moment to moment.