Diabetes Minute: May 2016

Tools

Keeping a Health Journal

Rhodes thinks that recording your blood sugars, food intake, exercise, medication and a few other factors in a health journal is critical to good diabetes management. A health journal (also known as a log or tracking) will help keep you accountable, and will also help your doctors and health care team evaluate how to better […]

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Using Glucose Tablets

Glucose tablets are chalky, round servings of fast-acting glucose. Unlike sugar in foods, they do not have to be broken down by your body to be absorbed and to bring blood sugar up. Glucose tablets are now available in almost every grocery store and drug store. Convenient and quick, glucose tablets should be every diabetic’s […]

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Tools

Lancing Devices

The lancet is the “pricker” used to draw blood for the glucose meter that tests blood sugar. They all essentially work the same, but most have a few key features. Rhodes talks about adjusting the depth of the lancet needle, and changing the lancet.

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Support Team

Support Team Captain

Alana talks about her role as the support team captain in helping to manage her husband’s diabetes. It’s not an easy job, but she’s got to do it. Successful diabetes management takes a village, and especially one champion who will encourage and lead by example.

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Management

Importance of Testing Your Blood Sugar

Pricking your finger and testing your blood sugar is not fun. If you are newly diabetic it can be painful, expensive, and time-consuming. Rhodes wants to encourage you to check your blood sugar as often as your doctor recommends, and perhaps even more often. Blood sugar testing is the key to good diabetes management. If […]

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How to Check Your Blood Sugar

Rhodes has been checking his blood sugar for over 32 years. If you need a primer on using a glucose meter, watch Rhodes demonstrate checking blood sugar on his device.

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Using a Glucagon Emergency Kit

A glucagon can be lifesaving, if used correctly. But it can be challenging to assemble and deliver, particularly in a stressful situation. We recommend you train those around you, at home, work and school, using your expired glucagon to practice.

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Management

Counting Carbohydrates

Carb counting is the cornerstone of the diabetic diet. Carbs drive blood sugar, so keeping carb intake low means keeping blood sugar low. You should check the number of carbs in every food and drink you consume, and try to stay within a target range for meals and snacks. Work with a doctor, nutritionist, or […]

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Management

Treating Low Blood Sugar

Low blood sugar can be extremely dangerous, and often makes you feel jittery and on edge. Rhodes recommends quick acting sugar like glucose tablets or juice to raise sugar fast, combined with stabilizing carbs, like crackers or a granola bar, to help keep blood sugar at a safe level.

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Management

Making Smart Food Choices at Potlucks

Holidays, parties, and potlucks are fun, but can be terrible for a diabetic who is trying to eat a low-carb diet or lose weight. Think about your plate as four quarters or sections, and try (as best you can) to choose veggies first, proteins second, and the carbs and sweets last.

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