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In February 2012, I wrote a blog about dealing with the diabetes "police" — people who closely monitor what you're eating and comment on it. One of you responded that your bigger concern was the "unpolice," or those with type 2 diabetes who try to get you to eat poorly like they do and deny that any damage occurs because they haven't experienced the same health consequences.
Diabetes is a chronic disease — you may start out maintaining good blood glucose control with diet and exercise, but as diabetes progresses, you may need an oral diabetes medication, and, later, another medication or insulin. It's not your fault or anything for which you should be ashamed. Type 2 diabetes doesn't progress at the same rate for everyone.
But high blood sugar is sneaky. Your friends who tell you to go ahead and eat "like they do" without considering the consequences of uncontrolled blood sugar may not realize that the extra glucose (sugar) in their blood may be damaging the blood vessels that nourish the heart, eyes, kidneys and nerves.
And, as reported in the January 2002 issue of Diabetes Forecast, people who have a family history of type 2 diabetes get diabetes earlier and are more likely to suffer from obesity, high blood pressure, poor cholesterol levels, and heart disease than people with no family history of type 2 diabetes. This risk increases further if there's a family history of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Research has shown that tight blood sugar control, or intensive insulin therapy — which requires close monitoring of blood sugar levels and frequent doses of insulin — can prevent or slow the progression of long-term diabetes complications. In fact, in one study, tight control of blood sugar levels reduced the risk of diabetes-related heart attacks and strokes by more than 50 percent.
Intensive insulin therapy also can:
So, in summary, diabetes is progressive and progresses at a different rate from person to person. Most of you have probably heard of the game, "Russian roulette," a life and death game that involves a gun with one bullet and two or more players. Each player takes a turn holding the gun to his or her head and pulls the trigger until an unfortunate player shoots himself or herself in the head. Why play that game with diabetes?
Have a good week.
Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.
Peggy Moreland, R.N.
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In the era of technology, online software was really a big help for me. I am using http://www.friendofdiabetic.com/ to track my diabetes and other stuff like food, blood pressure, exercise, blood glucose readings.
This software, other than providing the usual data management has got some very interesting analytics, like good and bad food for me.
It was really interesting to see what does not work for you and you can eliminate it from your diet. Also at times I was surprised to see that few sweet things I ate did not cause my glucose levels to peak. Later I realized that these have very high fiber content.
I specially love its photo feature. It tracks your appearance and as you lose weight, it is a great incentive to see yourself coming to shape from being overweight.
Lauri, see your physician as soon as possible. This week for sure.
I have all of the symptoms listed as diabetes, my mom passed due to diabetes complications and other family members have it. I just purchased a meter and was 137... after eating aprox 15 minutes sugar was 277 but after 30 min wemt to 255... when should i seek medical care is smptoms thirst, urin excessive, tired, nerve like sensations pain, mouth and gum sores, itching exstreme problems with feeling sick and breathing when get hot or out in heat, constant pain in walking, neck,back...ect. someone mentioned looking up health problems how i seen so many symptoms same as mine.
MY GLUCOSE COUNT IS 176 BUT MY FAMILY DOCTOR STATED CUT DOWN ON SUGAR,EXERCISE AT LEAST 30 MINUTE WALK,GROCERY SHOP LOOKING FOR SUGAR FREE PRODUCTS.
I think this was the second blog in the series on hypoglycemia unawareness that you are looking for: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/hypoglycemia-unawareness/MY01854
You wrote a blog on "Understanding hypoglycemia unawareness" back in 2011, I think. How can I find the continuation of that subject on your blog?
Living with diabetes can be extremely difficult and life changing. I found this recipe book that helped me out so much. Any little bit helps! http://a900cgws3qax1kfcu9rc64h-eq.hop.clickbank.net/
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