Diabetes Results That Can Make a Difference
Diabetes runs in my family. Three of my four grandparents had type 2 diabetes, which is where your body doesn’t use insulin properly, and your blood sugar levels get too high. I also have an uncle with type 1, where your body doesn’t make insulin at all.
I knew I had multiple risk factors for type 2 diabetes. I had gestational diabetes when I was pregnant with both my boys. My body mass index is high; I’ve tried to lose weight but haven’t been as successful as I’d like. In my early 40s, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
I knew a lot about the condition I had developed because at that time, my work was around diabetes control and prevention in North Carolina. In the past few years, my role has expanded to include heart disease. I have served as a staff liaison to the statewide Diabetes Advisory Council, a coalition of diabetes stakeholders, for many years. A couple of years ago, a researcher from the University of North Carolina told the council about a study on finger sticks they were planning. I joined the PCORI-funded study as a stakeholder who had a personal interest in the topic and could talk about the results of the study with our council to share the results statewide.
Avoiding Finger Sticks
The results are important. Our study found that the finger sticks people like me use to check our blood sugar levels don’t help much if we have type 2 diabetes and aren’t using insulin.
Why is this important? Testing supplies are expensive, and the process is painful—you’re sticking yourself and you’re bleeding! Now we know that people like me can manage j Continue reading