The big news announced yesterday was that people older than 60 can now have higher blood pressure before their doctors will tell them to take drugs to bring it down. But the guidelines for those of us who have diabetes remain the same.
An expert panel says in its new guidelines that people over 60 need to keep their blood pressure below 150/90 rather than the 140/90 level as previously recommended. And people with diabetes of any age still need to keep it below 140/90.
The expert panel of 17 academics reported its findings in JAMA , the Journal of the American Medical Association after reviewing the evidence for the last five years. The full-text of its report, “2014 Evidence-Based Guideline for the Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults,” is free online .
The goal for people with diabetes, 140/90, means a systolic blood pressure of no more than 140 millimeters of mercury, abbreviated as mmHG. This systolic pressure shows the pressure on our blood vessels whe...
All week my blood sugars have been erratic. I check, I bolus, I change my infusion sets, HIGH Blood sugar! What the heck? I am doing all the things I always do. (Ok, maybe I am slipping a bit .)
After all the hard work I have been putting into having such great numbers I should not be having high blood sugar.
It could be because I have been working A LOT and getting less sleep. I mean working like going to work 9-5pm then coming home and doing a bunch of side projects that have been taking up all of my free time. This has been going on for the past couple of weeks. Maybe my body just is telling me to slow down? Or because of my work schedule I would need different basals? Or could it be that my body is just changing? UGH! Or maybe it is because I have been tired more often I forget to bolus and think I did? Probably, I am like a walking zombie lately.
Other things I have noticed are that I think I have acid reflux or something and of course I don't go to the doctor...
One of the very important things I don't noticed being emphasized very often from doctos or diabetes educators, is the very clear fct that the more ups and downs you see in your blood sugar, the more ilkely you are to gain weight. There are a lot of physiological reasons for this, and I'll go into them a bit here...but the most important part of understanding this fact is that it just might add a little motivation to your efforts to keep that blood sugar in range.
You see, even if you're running and working out, if your blood sugar is sky high during or around your workout, you won't be using fat for fuel. You'll be burning calories, sure, but when all of that sugar is just sitting in your bloodstream, your body can't properly burn up body fat. We need insulin to help carry that sugar to wherever it needs to go.
Now, aside from a workout situation, if your blood sugar is 240 mg/dL and you give yourself 2 units (for example) of insulin to bring it down to 120 mg/dL, that sugar ...
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