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.
One of the buzzwords in the food growing industry is GMO’s. It seems everyone is talking about whether GMO’s are good or bad for your health. Discover more about GMO foods and how they may affect you and your diabetes.
What are GMO’s?
The term GMO stands for “genetically modified organisms”, or bio-engineered foods. Plants are manipulated by […]
2018 marks another exciting year of news in the world of diabetes research and diabetes care. There were several yearly updates in all aspects of diabetes diagnosis, treatment and prevention by many professional diabetes expert organizations. These include yearly meetings and presentations held by The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), in Boston in May 2018, as well as The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in Baltimore, August 2018.
Having a driver’s license is a significant responsibility because it impacts your safety and the safety of other drivers around you. Each state has specific laws about driving and diabetes. Find out why risks could be higher for drivers with diabetes and what you can do to maintain your driving privileges.
Most people need to drive to […]