Rhodes explains the meaning of the hemoglobin A1C blood test. Often used to diagnose and manage diabetes, the A1C tells your average blood sugar over a three month period. Every person will have a different target, which you should determine with your doctor. But in general, diabetics strive to keep their A1C below 6.5%.
You should always travel with your glucometer, but when there is risk of low blood sugar, you don’t want to leave home without being prepared. Rhodes recommends always carrying glucose tablets for quick-acting carbs, and a snack to help keep your blood sugar at a safe level. He opts for a granola bar with 18 […]
Trying to make better food choices? Alana suggests a few easy food swaps to lower your carb intake. An easy but important swap is to avoid regular sodas and juices, and choose flavored or sparkling waters, teas sweetened with sugar substitutes, or diet sodas.
There may be no question a person with diabetes hates more than “Should you be eating that?” It sounds critical, when you are probably just trying to be helpful. Alana gives some hints for asking the question at the right time in the right way.
Diabetics can be treated by their family doctor, a general practitioner, or by a specialist called an endocrinologist. If you are not satisfied with your diabetes care in any way, Rhodes recommends seeing an endocrinologist. He sees his endo every three months, and finds that the doctor’s specialized knowledge and longer appointments are helpful.
Rhodes is a Type 1 diabetic (“T1D”), also commonly called juvenile diabetes, though not all persons are diagnosed as children. T1Ds are typically insulin dependent, so their pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin to regulate blood sugar. As a result, most T1Ds must take regular insulin injections or receive insulin through an insulin pump.
Type 2 diabetes (“T2D”) is becoming more and more common around the world. About ninety percent of all diabetes diagnoses are Type 2, or adult onset diabetes. Type 2 diabetics may simply not produce enough insulin to regulate blood sugar, or the insulin they do produce may not regulate blood sugar efficiently. T2D is typically […]
Doctor’s appointments can be stressful or leave you frustrated and confused. We recommend writing down all your questions or concerns in advance, and telling the doctor that you have a list you would like to get through. We also recommend trying to take a family member or friend with you for a second set of […]
High blood sugar can be dangerous, but also can make you feel lethargic and foggy. Insulin and medication may be your first line of defense, but then Rhodes recommends drinking a lot of water and getting some exercise to help bring blood sugar down.