The first thing I did after reading the new study that caffeine can increase our blood glucose level was to switch to drinking green tea. The second thing I did was to switch again -- this time to decaffeinated green tea. I overreacted. Several years ago I had switched from coffee to Darjeeling tea, which has about half the caffeine per cup. While green tea has even less, I don’t like it much and only drink it rarely. I disliked the decaffeinated green tea so much that I threw out the package after taking the first sip. Now, I’m almost entirely back to Darjeeling tea. People call it a black tea, although it is light-colored and is technically more oolong than black and is therefore lower in caffeine than true black teas. While I control my blood glucose level, I’m not a purist. I have to enjoy everything that I eat or drink. While my diet includes no starch, sugar (no sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup), salt, or alcohol, except occassionally when I eat out, I don&rsqu...
note from Dr. Cogen:
thinking about the long list of issues today's teens must face, alcohol use is
near the top. The pressure from friends to drink can be overwhelming. Ginger
and I would like to provide medically correct information about alcohol and how
it affects you and your diabetes management. Clearly, in an ideal environment,
we want you to choose to engage in only healthy behaviors. But if you are
currently struggling with this decision or have already made the decision to
drink, we would be doing a great disservice to you (and your families) by
choosing to ignore this topic, especially since this behavior is potentially
know you've heard this a million times before, but remember to keep the following
things in mind as you read this blog:
drinking age in the United
States is 21 years!
If your caught
breaking this law, consequences include: fines, jail time, community
service and driver's license suspe...
Expertise and extensive experience have an important place in information about diabetes . But first impressions count too. The experts can miss key experiences when they aren’t coming fresh to a topic. Today I am coming to you fresh from my initial experience with actually using a continuous glucose monitor . I started to wear it on Friday afternoon after two superb technicians from Medtronic MiniMed trained me for more than two hours in its use. Since then, the device tells me every five minutes what my blood glucose level is. Continuous meters actually measure interstitial fluid, not blood glucose, but they run close together. Interstitial fluid lags about a quarter of an hour after rapid changes in blood glucose levels for two reasons. One is the body’s natural lag, and the other is the slight lag that measuring it introduces. That’s why I didn’t throw away my old blood glucose meters. When the continuous meter reports that our levels are too low or too high, we...
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