If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you may have checked your blood sugar (glucose) thousands of times. Or, if you are new to the diabetes community, this whole fingerstick thing might still be a little strange. Either way, we think you’ll benefit from this update on best practices for using a traditional glucose meter (glucometer), plus tips for making monitoring as easy and effective as possible. An alternative to the glucometer for those diagnosed with diabetes is a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM), a wearable device that tracks your glucose 24/7 mostly without fingersticks. Get answers to common questions about CGMs here.
If you have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or are just determined to control your glucose levels, or improve your eating habits by scaling back on sugar, we applaud you. It can be difficult to cut down on sugar, because as everybody knows, nothing hits the mouth, and the brain, like a warm chocolate chip cookie or a cold ice cream cone.
Do you live with diabetes? If so, you’ve probably heard about, or even considered using a Continuous Glucose Monitor. A Continuous Glucose Monitor, also known as a CGM, is a wearable device that lets you track your blood sugar without the need for frequent fingersticks.
Exercise. We’ve talked about it in this blog. Your doctor has probably recommended it. You may even be doing it. Many people with diabetes and pre-diabetes know that exercise is key to managing their condition. In fact, exercise in addition to diet, monitoring blood sugar levels, and taking insulin and other medications are key components of diabetes self-care and management.
Blood pressure (BP) is one of the most familiar metrics in healthcare. Most people have had their blood pressure taken dozens of times in their life and probably don’t think too much about what the resulting numbers mean. This blog is about to change that! Read on to answer questions about blood pressure such as: What’s an ideal BP? What makes your blood pressure rise and fall? What can you do to control your blood pressure? And how does blood pressure relate to chronic conditions such as heart disease or diabetes?
If you’ve ever felt frustrated, or even fed up, with managing a medical condition such as diabetes that may be with you forever, you are not alone. For many people, such negative feelings are temporary and may go away on their own as your mood changes. For others, however, bouts of sadness, anxiety, and hopelessness could signal depression and need to be addressed with professional help.
Has your doctor advised you to reduce your intake of carbohydrates (carbs)? Maybe your A1C—a measure of blood sugar over time—is indicating diabetes, or pre-diabetes? Or you might just be trying to lose a few pounds. Whatever the reason, it’s probably a bit painful to imagine life without pasta, bagels, and potatoes. Worry not—we’re here to ease your pain!
Should I, or shouldn’t I? If you have diabetes, you may have been asking yourself whether a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM) is the right choice for you. You’ve probably heard about no-fingerstick CGM technology, which lets you track blood glucose levels day and night. But how do these devices work? Are they better than traditional testing methods? Do you have to be a “tech person” to use one? Will insurance pay?
For those living with diabetes, staying healthy requires a mindful approach to leaving home, even if the trip is just a day of shopping or a visit with a friend. If your destination involves a suitcase and a mode of transportation beyond a simple car ride, such as a trip by train, plane, or ship, preparation is even more important.
Are you under a doctor’s care for a chronic wound such as a venous ulcer or nonhealing wound? If so, your treatment plan may include compression therapy. While many experts consider compression the gold standard for treating venous ulcers, it is not a one-size-fits-all approach.