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Diagnosis Healthy adults age 45 and older should get tested for diabetes every 3 years. Patients who have certain risk factors should ask their doctors about testing at an earlier age and more frequently. These risk factors include: A weight that is 20% more than ideal body weight Sedentary lifestyle High blood pressure (greater than 140/90) or unhealthy cholesterol levels -- especially for patients with low HDL ("good") cholesterol and high triglyceride levels History of heart disease, stroke, or peripheral artery disease A close relative (parent, sibling) with diabetes A high-risk ethnic group background (African-American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, Pacific Islander) Having delivered a baby weighing over 9 pounds or having a history of gestational diabetes (in women) Polycystic ovary disease (in women) Children age 10 and older should be tested for type 2 diabetes (even if they have no symptoms) every 3 years if they are overweight and have at least two risk factors. Testing for ...
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...
For a loved one with diabetes, monitoring blood glucose levels is crucial. “Self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG testing) provides a map that guides decisions and changes in treatment components to improve diabetes control,” says Susan McLaughlin, American Diabetes Association president-elect, Health Care and Education. “Tracking patterns helps individuals know when they’re at greatest risk of very high or very low blood glucose, which can increase the risk of falls, result in fracture, decrease mobility , diminish quality of life, and lead to depression.” Today’s blood glucose monitors are portable, accurate, and reliable. Test results are sometimes reported in as little as five seconds, and almost always in less than a minute. Some are easier to use than others, require less blood for testing, and store more data. Error codes, automatic timers, and barcodes make calibrating the units less complicated, and large display screens allow people with l...
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