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Blood Sugar Alert – Why Prediabetes Can Be Just As Deadly As Diabetes

Blood sugar alert – Why prediabetes can be just as deadly as diabetes

Blood sugar alert – Why prediabetes can be just as deadly as diabetes

(NaturalHealth365) Prediabetes – elevated blood sugar that has not yet reached the threshold for clinical diabetes – is widespread in the United States. Now, several recent studies have revealed the dangers of being prediabetic – including a heightened risk of heart disease, cancer, dementia and stroke.
Read on to learn more about prediabetes, and what you can do to reverse it.
Prediabetes is a warning sign of danger ahead
Prediabetes, characterized by a fasting glucose level between 100 and 125 mg/dL, is becoming more common across America. A 2016 UCLA study revealed that a shocking 46 percent of all adults in California either have prediabetes or suffer from undiagnosed type 2 diabetes – meaning that almost half of the adult population of the state has blood sugar that is too high.
And, elevated blood sugar could very well be even more widespread in other states across the nation, as California residents usually score near the top of the scale for longevity and healthy lifestyles.
For many, the term “prediabetes” seems to imply that no damage has occurred – yet. All too often, the condition is viewed as a yellow traffic signal, signaling “caution” – and possibly triggering a resolution to adopt healthier habits.
But in reality, a diagnosis of prediabetes should function as a red light, signaling a serious health threat.
It’s official: “High normal” blood sugar raises risk of degenerative diseases
The truth is: even with fasting glucose levels at the medically-accepted threshold, it is entirely possible that major microvascular damage has already Continue reading

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Are Eggs Safe for People With Diabetes to Eat?

Are Eggs Safe for People With Diabetes to Eat?


Are Eggs Safe for People With Diabetes to Eat?
Eggs can be a great diabetes breakfast idea and, when eaten in moderation, can be a staple in the diabetes diet. Learn how they may affect your blood sugar before you dig in.
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Eggs are rich in healthy fat and protein, meaning they can aid weight loss a potential benefit for people with diabetes who are overweight.
In the past, whole eggs got a bad rap for their cholesterol and fat content. But thanks to new studies and a fresh perspective in the medical community, this budget-friendly protein source has reemerged as a dietitian favorite even for people with diabetes .
Were getting away from limiting eggs in the diet of people with diabetes, as their benefits are quite extensive, says Elizabeth Ebner, a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator with Hackensack Meridian Health in Fair Haven, New Jersey. Theyre considered a high biological value protein, which means they provide all the amino acids required in the body. When a protein source contains the essential amino acids in the right proportion required by humans, it is considered to have a high biological value.
But before an egg could be seen as a protein-and-healthy-fat powerhouse, it had to shed its negative reputation.
The cholesterol found in egg yolks was once cause for alarm among people with diabetes . The disease puts you at an increased risk of heart issues , and cholesterol Continue reading

WHO | Quality of care is key to tackling Mexicos diabetes emergency

WHO | Quality of care is key to tackling Mexicos diabetes emergency


Quality of care is key to tackling Mexicos diabetes emergency
Mexico has declared the epidemic of diabetes a national emergency and is seeking to improve the quality of care for some 13 million people with the disease. Amy Guthrie and Fiona Fleck report.
Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2017;95:393-394. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.17.020617
Diabetes patient Silvestre Snchez has his blood glucose read by a nurse at the Roma Norte neighbourhood health clinic in Mexico City.
In a clinic in Mexico Citys Roma Norte neighbourhood a doctor calls the 12 patients by name. One by one they are weighed, their blood pressure is taken and waist circumference measured.
At these monthly sessions run by the DiabetIMSS programme, patients learn how to manage type 2 diabetes a chronic condition that is not immediately life-threatening as long as they take their medicine and make lifestyle changes.
The patients learn to keep their disease in check to avoid serious complications like amputations, explains Dr Sara Leticia Arana Barriga, head of the clinics DiabetIMSS programme, run by the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), which is part of Mexicos national public health system.
While the onus is partly on patients to adhere to treatment and diet advice to stay well and ward off life-threatening complications, health-care services must also ensure that people once diagnosed with diabetes have access to medicines, are regularly screened for complications, and that any complications are treated promptly.
Type 2 diabetes is the leading cause of death and disabi Continue reading

Diabetes Tech on the Horizon Part 1 New Apps Coming in 2018

Diabetes Tech on the Horizon Part 1 New Apps Coming in 2018


New apps and software updates frommySugr, Insulia, One Drop, as well as food and weight loss apps
Diabetes technology is moving fast, so to help you keep track, weve rounded up some of the latest offerings specifically inapps and software. (See here for CGM updates, and here for insulin delivery updates.) Below, youll find products that have either recently launched or are expected to launch in 2018 based on the most recent timing updates weve heard. This article is not fully comprehensive and timelines often change but this list covers some notable products. A more detailed description of each product follows the table of contents below.
Click to jump to a product, which are organized chronologically by their expected launch date within each category:
mySugr bundle (unlimitedtest strips + coaching)
Launched in the US and available in Germany Bundle Details
Whats New? In September, mySugr launched its Pro bundle in the US, priced at $39.99 per month (subject to change) for unlimited blood glucose strips, an Accu-Chek Guide meter (Bluetooth-enabled), the mySugr app, and access to a diabetes educator. Strips are shipped directly to peoples doors, eliminating prescription, insurance, and pharmacy hassles. This bundle is currently available in Germany and covered by some large insurers.
Separately, we also recently learned that mySugrs bolus (mealtime dosing) calculator is under FDA review. This tool should help simplify mealtime dosing math for those not on an insulin pump (carb counting will still be necessary). The calculator is already approved in Europe and is c Continue reading

RaeLynn and Diabetes: Getting to Know You

RaeLynn and Diabetes: Getting to Know You


RaeLynn and Diabetes: Getting to Know You
(RaeLynn. Image courtesy of Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)
From finishing third on The Voice in 2012 to seeing her second single God Made Girls go gold in 2014, garnering two CMT Music Award nominations, touring with Miranda Lambert and Rascal Flatts, and releasing her single Love Triangle in July 2016, country singer RaeLynn moves at a hectic pace. But despite her busy lifestyle, RaeLynn, 23, takes time to manage her Type 1 diabetes, which she has done since her diagnosis at age 12, the same age at which she discovered her love of country music.
This past summer, she joined Novo Nordisks Patient Ambassador Education Program, taking part in community and educational events around the country on behalf of Novo Nordisk.
Having just wrapped up a two-month U.S. tour with her Voice coach and mentor Blake Shelton, RaeLynn spoke to Diabetes Self-Management about her passion for both country music and helping others with diabetes.
DSM: You were diagnosed at age12, the same year you discovered al ove for country music. Coincidence, or are they somehow intertwined?
RaeLynn: I grew up with music always a part of my life. Everyone in my family can sing. When I was diagnosed at 12, for sure it was kind of a scary thing. When you are told you have to take a shot every day, you think the world has ended. But I was taught that it was totally manageable, that I could handle it and still live out my dreams.
My parents wanted me to be able to take care of myself. I went to nutrition classes the biggest adjustment was going from eating sugar Continue reading

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