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Insulin Inhaler: New Diabetes Option Before Meals

Insulin Inhaler: New Diabetes Option Before Meals

Insulin Inhaler: New Diabetes Option Before Meals

There’s good news for patients who would like an easier way to get their insulin. A new rapid inhaled insulin has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The new drug, called Afrezza®, delivers insulin in the form of a fine powder, and you can inhale it at the start of a meal to help with blood sugar control.
As a nurse and certified diabetes educator who has also lived with diabetes for the past 17 years, I wanted to try this new option. After using it for a few months, I found the inhaled insulin to be effective, easy to use, and a great alternative to an injection when I needed mealtime insulin. It can be used safely with any basal insulin, such as Lantus®, Levemir® or Toujeo®. Anyone who has Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes can benefit from this treatment option.
Inhaler benefits
Here are some of the benefits of the inhaled insulin:
It decreases risk for hypoglycemia. The onset time is 12 to 15 minutes and it is totally out of your system within 180 minutes.
It is painless, convenient and effective. Once inhaled, the insulin gets released into the body through your lungs and released into tiny airways that help move the insulin into the bloodstream quickly.
Color coding makes the dosages easy to identify. The color coding of the blisters are blue for four units, green for eight units and yellow for 12 units of insulin. This color coding decreases the possibility of errors.
The blister and the inhaling device are small and compact. Both can easily fit into a small purse or pant pocket.
The inhaling device is included with the monthly prescription. The dev Continue reading

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The 6 Best (and Worst) Diets If You Have Diabetes

The 6 Best (and Worst) Diets If You Have Diabetes

Are you looking for a way to reset your diet to lose weight? Losing weight has many benefits, especially for people with diabetes. It not only can improve blood sugar levels but it can lower your high blood pressure and heart disease risk.
But it’s important not to go for a quick fix. For lasting success, focus on good nutrition and changes you can commit to long term. Yes, but how do you do that? There are many diets out there claiming health benefits. Here, we’ll talk through some common diets out there and offer our advice for people with diabetes.
Besides sticking to a particular diet, here’s some tried-and true tips:
Watch portion sizes (particularly for carbohydrates). This can help cut down on calories and improve blood sugar.
Divide food choices for a healthy plate. Go for half vegetables, one-quarter protein and one-quarter carbohydrates.
There many diets out there that you can look to for weight loss, but our list highlights the three best and three worst diet choices for people with diabetes.
Best diets
Champion diets offer well-rounded nutrition
1. DASH. Created to help lower blood pressure (aptly named Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), the DASH diet goes well beyond that. It is a well-rounded, healthy nutrition plan for everyone. DASH is rich in fruits, vegetables and grains, and low in fat, sugar and sodium.
For example, on a 2,000-calorie DASH plan, each day you would eat:
Six to eight servings of whole grains
Four to five vegetables
Four to five fruits
Two or three servings of dairy
Six or fewer servings of meats (in this case, a serving is one Continue reading

“Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Starts with Ignoring the Guidelines”

“Reversing Type 2 Diabetes Starts with Ignoring the Guidelines”

Here’s a great new TEDx-talk on how to reverse type 2 diabetes using LCHF diets. It was released a couple of days ago.
The presenter is Dr. Sarah Hallberg, the medical director and founder of the Indiana University – Arnett Health Medical Weight Loss Program. I didn’t know about her before, but suspect this is not the last we hear from her.
This talk starts out good, but it turns great as it goes on. Anybody with type 2 diabetes – or who treats type 2 diabetes – would benefit from seeing it.
The presentation been viewed over 12,000 times in just a few days. Hopefully it will be seen by ten times as many soon, end up on the main TED site – and be seen by millions.
More Continue reading

Can You Eat Eggs if You Have Diabetes?

Can You Eat Eggs if You Have Diabetes?

To eat or not to eat?
Eggs are a versatile food and a great source of protein.
The American Diabetes Association considers eggs an excellent choice for people with diabetes. That’s primarily because one large egg contains about half a gram of carbohydrates, so it’s thought that they aren’t going to raise your blood sugar.
Eggs are high in cholesterol, though. One large egg contains nearly 200 mg of cholesterol, but whether or not this negatively affects the body is debatable.
Monitoring your cholesterol is important if you have diabetes because diabetes is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. High levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream also raise the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. But dietary intake of cholesterol doesn’t have as profound an effect on blood levels as was once thought. So, it’s important for anyone with diabetes to be aware of and minimize other heart disease risks.
A whole egg contains about 7 grams of protein. Eggs are also an excellent source of potassium, which supports nerve and muscle health. Potassium helps balance sodium levels in the body as well, which improves your cardiovascular health.
Eggs have many nutrients, such as lutein and choline. Lutein protects you against disease and choline is thought to improve brain health. Egg yolks contain biotin, which is important for healthy hair, skin, and nails, as well as insulin production. Eggs from chickens that roam on pastures are high in omega-3s, which are beneficial fats for people with diabetes.
Eggs are easy on the waistline, too. One large egg has only about 75 calori Continue reading

Four eggs a week 'can reduce risk of diabetes'

Four eggs a week 'can reduce risk of diabetes'

Eating four eggs a week can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by more than a third, according to a new study.
Scientists found that egg consumption was associated with a lower risk of the disease as well as with lower blood sugar levels.
The research, led by University of Eastern Finland, examined the eating habits of 2,332 men aged between 42 and 60.
It found that those who ate four eggs per week had a 37 per cent lower risk than men who only ate one egg per week.
The association persisted even when factors such as physical activity, body mass index, smoking and consumption of fruits and vegetables were taken into account.
The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, said that eggs contained many nutrients that could effect glucose metabolism and low-grade inflammation.
However, consumption of more than four eggs did not bring any significant additional benefits.
And researchers warned that those who already have type 2 diabetes should not increase their egg intake, as they appeared to increase heart disease in those who had already been diagnosed with the condition.
The scientists studied the eating and lifestyle habits of those who took part in the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study between 1984 and 1989.
Two decades later, 432 men had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
Separate research has found that eating full-fat dairy products also slashed the risk of type 2 diabetes.
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden found that those who ate high fat dairy products had a 23 per cent lower risk of developing the disease.
But high fat m Continue reading

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