GROCERY SHOPPING . Ben & Jerry's, here I come! Never go grocery shopping if you're low or still recovering from a low! We all know we really only need 15 grams of carbohydrates to treat a low, but those darned cravings are hard to ignore. Entering a building filled with food when you're trying to ignore those cravings is setting stage for poor food choices Ice cream, potato chips, chocolate and cheesy junk of all kinds -- those are a just a few reasons why I put my grocery shopping on hold until the meter reads 120. DRIVING . Okay, much less funny, but much more important. Driving when your blood sugar is low has led many diabetics to severe car accidents and should be treated with as much caution as driving drunk. Doctors would prefer that you actually check your blood sugar every time before you even get into your car -- and I know that sounds like one of those "over-doing-it" rules, ...
I had a rather frightening experience recently. I wasn't scared at the time, but when I look back at it - I shiver.
I developed Type 2 diabetes after gaining 80 pounds on psychiatric medications. I have to admit, I do a poor job of maintaining a proper diet. There have been days lately when I had nothing to eat but sugary drinks and foods.
If you're not familiar with diabetes, it isn't just a matter of high blood sugar, it's a matter of high and low blood sugar. Eating makes your blood sugar go up. Time makes it go down. If you eat something that's all sugar and fat, your blood pressure may spike and then drop too low. That's what my self-indulgent diet has been doing to me.
A few days ago I spent my day eating red velvet cake and drinking Frappucino. An hour before bedtime I took my usual meds, which include three that can cause sleepiness and dizziness - Seroquel (quetiapine), Lamictal (lamotrigine) and trazodone. I also took my evening dose of metformin for dia...
David Mendosa recently posted a blog about " glycemic variability ." Most people have come to expect that their diabetes control is primarily evaluated by the hb A1C level. Indeed, the hb A1c is correlated with a three-month estimated average glucose level, which is very helpful to know in terms of the effectiveness in medical (insulin or oral) therapy. However, what is less often discussed is the importance of glycemic variability: the ups and downs of glucose values that occur naturally and as a result of medication. How does glycemic variability play a role in the management of diabetes? The latest information to date indicates that glycemic variability is extremely crucial in blood vessel inflammation and in physical/emotional well-being. The rate of those glucose excursions (highs and lows) profoundly effect how one feels emotionally, physically, and now cognitively, according to a recent article in Diabetes Care (a journal associated with the American Diabetes Association) .
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