It’s no big secret that there’s plenty to feel down about when it comes to living with diabetes, unfortunately. But airing and sharing your concerns can be empowering, rather than facing it all alone. So today at our weekly diabetes advice column Ask D’Mine, veteran type 1 and diabetes educator Wil Dubois addresses one quandary in particular: what might go into making us have to wait seemingly foooorreeeeeever for low blood sugars to rebound back…Read more »
Every. Single. Blood sugar check.
We’re supposed to clean our fingers before each one, but let’s be honest — that’s not the norm for most of us PWDs (people with diabetes).
And you might be surprised to learn that some experts say using an alcohol wipe to disinfect fingers before testing can actually skew our readings. So we patients ought to be looking very closely at effective ways to clean our hands that won’t throw…Read more »
I’ve just started on the Dexcom G4 continuous glucose monitor myself, and a few weeks in I am absolutely loving the accuracy and sense of security it’s giving me at all hours of the day. It’s already provided early notice of a few low blood sugars, especially during the overnight hours that are the biggest worry for me when it comes to hypos. Honestly, the thought of not waking up is one of my biggest…Read more »
Diabetes alert dogs can be an emotional topic, as many PWDs (people with diabetes) are passionate about the need and trust these pups’ senses even though the research community hasn’t yet pinpointed the exact science behind these alerts.
Thankfully that’s changing.
At the ADA Scientific Sessions in June, we saw a research poster with new data showing hard evidence that diabetes alert dogs can identify the chemical compounds specific to hypoglycemia, and that they can…
Two ER visits within two days, thanks to a severe low blood sugar and then non-budging high blood sugars.
Both are enough to make anyone with diabetes cringe. But then there’s the fact that these experiences themselves highlighted how the urgent care establishment is ill-equipped to deal with diabetes.
And it gets even more troublesome.
I’ve long believed that we PWDs (people with diabetes) aren’t going to get quality care in the emergency room if…