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Type 1 Diabetes And Intimacy: Reducing Burden In The Bedroom

Type 1 Diabetes and Intimacy: Reducing Burden in the Bedroom

Type 1 Diabetes and Intimacy: Reducing Burden in the Bedroom

Here on Glu, we offer people living with type 1 diabetes the chance to be open and honest, sharing challenges and gaining support from others who know how much this disease can get in the way of life. Having an anonymous forum allows us to gain real perspective on some deeply personal matters.
Several months ago, we polled the community on one of our most personal topics to date: physical intimacy.
In response, 63% of the community reported that T1D has had a negative effect in this area of their lives, blaming devices, sudden swings in blood sugar, and recurrent infections. Likewise, there is at least one published research study proving that people with diabetes and poor glycemic control reported significantly reduced intimacy and satisfaction in their marriages(1).
In a follow-up question, we learned how people’s sex lives have been affected. Here is a list of the most commonly reported problems, and potential strategies for solving them.
“My blood glucose is too low for sex.”
Having low blood sugar (BG) can interrupt anything; you just have to put everything else on hold and deal with it immediately. As the most commonly mentioned barrier to sex (one user commented that low blood sugar can “really kill the moment”), knowing your BG prior to sex is always a smart idea, as is adjusting any dose of rapid insulin prior to activity. Additionally, having a small snack before any physical activity may help prevent a low. You can also keep some ‘fast carbs’ near the bed, such as juice, gummy snacks, or glucose tabs. If you do experience a low during sex, despite y Continue reading

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Okra & Diabetes: Does it Help with Blood Glucose?

Okra & Diabetes: Does it Help with Blood Glucose?


Okra & Diabetes: Does it Help with Blood Glucose?
Okra & Diabetes: Does it Help with Blood Glucose?
Diabetes is a complicated disease and a diabetic patient has to absorb a host of precautions while including something new in the daily diet. Okra has been in news for quite some time and it has been claimed to have anti-diabetic properties. Let us explore the relationship between okra and diabetes in this article. Join in for the article Diabetes and Okra: Does it Help in Blood Glucose?
Very few people are aware of the term okra. Hence, before trying to understand the relation between okra and diabetes, let us know a few facts about the vegetable.
It is also known as ladys fingers in most part of the world.
It is a rich source of various minerals and vitamins such as potassium, calcium, folic acid, as well as Vitamin C.
The vegetable is low in calories and has a high content of fibre in it.
Most of the times, diabetes patients ask the question whether consumption of okra does any help to maintaining blood glucose.
Okra water does help in improving the blood sugar levels. This is particularly true for gestational diabetes .
Roasted okra seeds are also helpful in stabilizing blood sugar.
Okra helps treat blood glucose by reducing the rate in which sugar is used up from the intestines of our body.
Okra also contains insoluble fiber which is very important in stabilizing blood glucose.
Health Benefits of Okra for Diabetes Patients
The reason for all the hype about okra being beneficial for the diabetic patients is as follows:
The vegetable is a rich source of fib Continue reading

10 Questions to Ask an Endocrinologist (Diabetes Specialist) As a Patient

10 Questions to Ask an Endocrinologist (Diabetes Specialist) As a Patient


List of Questions to Ask an Endocrinologist (Diabetes Specialist) As a Patient
List of Questions to Ask an Endocrinologist (Diabetes Specialist) As a Patient
A thing about being medical patient is that youre quite impatient about your health. No thats not a paradox, a patient seeking services of a medical advisor is always impatient about whats going on with their body and thereby want to know more about it. Maybe its a reason why confront the doctor with a list of questions, dont we?
But hey thats a good thing to do. Asking the doctor, a host of interrogative questions will help the doctor and yourself know better about your health and proper diagnosis shall follow upon. In fact, its strongly advised to speak off clearly with your doctor when it comes health issues.
However, there have been times when weve been reluctant to ask questions to our doctor. And at other times, doctors have been reluctant to discuss the whole terminology at once. This might necessarily not be a good practice to preach upon. And when the case renders diabetes, theres every need that you ask your doctor things relating to your case.
So here we are, with a list of questions to allow you impetus on your diabetic symptoms and case. This will help you out on your next visit to the doctor or the endocrinologist as we know by.
Read along and get to know the List of Questions to Ask an Endocrinologist (Diabetes Specialist) as a patient.
1. How often should I check my blood sugar levels?
The first and foremost thing to ask your endocrinologist is how often you should be checking your blood sugar Continue reading

Highlights from American Diabetes Association 2017

Highlights from American Diabetes Association 2017


This years American Diabetes Association (ADA) meeting took place in San Diego, California from June 9th to June 13th. The event provides the setting for physicians, industry, and academia to come together to discuss all topics type 2 diabetes (T2D)-related. Among the announcements that were of particular interest were trial results for several current and emerging therapies.
Benefits of Novo Nordisk s Xultophy compared with basal-bolus insulin: Xultophy, a fixed dose combination (FDC) of the long-acting insulin Tresiba and the glucagon-like peptide-1 ( GLP-1 ) receptor agonist Victoza , demonstrated similar HbA1c reductions as a basal-bolus insulin regimen (insulin glargine U100 and insulin aspart), but also provided significantly lower rates of hypoglycemia and a decrease in weight. Approximately two-thirds of patients on Xultophy, reached an HbA1c target of < 7% while there was an 89% reduction in severe hypoglycemic events compared with basal-bolus insulin therapy. Furthermore, the Xultophy group required a lower daily dose of insulin versus the basal-bolus treatment arm. Xultophy is competing against Sanofis long-acting insulin/GLP-1 receptor agonist FDC Soliqua , a fusion of Lantus with Adlyxin. The widespread use of Lantus over Tresiba in the United States should result in strong physician willingness to prescribe Soliqua. However, Victozas dominance in the GLP-1 receptor agonist market, combined with its cardiovascular (CV) benefit, and the new efficacy data showcased during the ADA meeting, indicates that Soliqua will struggle to overtake Xultophy as the market Continue reading

Disparities in Diabetes Deaths Among Children and Adolescents  United States, 20002014

Disparities in Diabetes Deaths Among Children and Adolescents United States, 20002014


Disparities in Diabetes Deaths Among Children and Adolescents United States, 20002014
Sharon Saydah, PhD1; Giuseppina Imperatore, MD1; Yiling Cheng, PhD1; Linda S. Geiss, MS1; Ann Albright, PhD1 ( View author affiliations )
Diabetes in children and adolescents is a serious chronic disease. Young persons with diabetes are at risk for death from acute complications of the disease.
In this first report of diabetes mortality among Hispanic persons aged 119 years and comparison with mortality among white and black children and adolescents, there were no statistically significant changes in diabetes death rates from 20002002 to 20122014. Despite the higher prevalence and incidence of reported diabetes among whites than among blacks, blacks had approximately a twofold increased risk for diabetes death compared with whites and over a threefold increased risk compared with Hispanics.
What are the implications for public health practice?
Deaths from diabetes in young persons are potentially preventable. The continued existence of racial/ethnic disparities in diabetes mortality in this age group adds information about Hispanics. Further research to identify health care factors and behaviors that contribute to diabetes mortality in children and adolescents might be helpful in understanding the reasons for disparities by race/ethnicity and focusing future prevention efforts.
Diabetes is a common chronic disease of childhood affecting approximately 200,000 children and adolescents in the United States (1). Children and adolescents with diabetes are at increased risk for death fr Continue reading

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