I recently returned from a vacation to Vancouver Island, which was wonderful because there were so many scenic places to walk. I also discovered, in a town called Parksville, an Indian restaurant called Amrikko's that had great food. (There seems to be another one in nearby Nanaimo.)
But of course great food alone is not grist for the mill of a sharepost on a diabetes site. What especially impressed me at this place was the special diet menu that one of the proprietors had created. She said she had some friends and relatives with food allergies, so she was sensitive to their needs.
The menu wasn't different. What was different was that each item was tagged with a sticker that alerted the diner to ingredients that could cause problems for some people. Included were Contains wheat, Deep fried in same oil as wheat or dairy, Contains nuts, Contains dairy, and Can be made with no dairy if asked.
What a great idea! It's so difficult to eat in a restaurant...
Republished with approval from DiabetesMine.com .
Last summer I attended the American Association of Diabetes Educators ( AADE ) Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO. I went there, as usual, to learn as much about the diabetes community and industry as I possibly can. I also went there armed with a writing assignment for Diabetes Health magazine. I thought I'd compose an article on "Educating the Educators," all about how CDEs get trained to help us. So I started interviewing everyone who had anything to do with diabetes education, from every angle -- from AADE presidents to CDE trainees to family physicians to the head of the certification board to (of course) affected patients. What I discovered was a field facing a crisis .
See the resulting exposé finally posted over at Diabetes Health magazine as of late last week.
It's no secret that the American healthcare system is a mess. It's actually been referred to as "a hairball" that may take a decade or two ...
Noninsulin-dependent diabetes; Diabetes - type 2; Adult-onset diabetes
Often, people with type 2 diabetes have no symptoms at first. They may not have symptoms for many years.
The early symptoms of diabetes may include:
Bladder, kidney, skin, or other infections that are more frequent or heal slowly
The first symptom may also be:
Pain or numbness in the feet or hands
Signs and tests
Your health care provider may suspect that you have diabetes if your blood sugar level is higher than 200 mg/dL. To confirm the diagnosis, one or more of the following tests must be done.
Diabetes blood tests:
Fasting blood glucose level
-- diabetes is diagnosed if it is higher than 126 mg/dL two times
Hemoglobin A1c test
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