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Food and nutrition advice for diabetes can be conflicting and overwhelming. Knowing the right amount of carbohydrates, protein and fat that your body can handle are vitally important to keeping your blood sugar in check. Eating well with diabetes can make a huge difference in quality of life and control of the disease. Educate yourself on the carb count of various food and how your body responds to carb intake.

The Comprehensive Guide to Living with Diabetes

Shock, disbelief and outright denial are common responses to a new diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes (T2D). How did this happen?  What can I do about it? I feel fine….for the most part. Can diabetes be reversed? T2D is one of the most commonly-seen conditions in primary care medical offices and affects almost 10% of the US population or roughly 30 million Americans. Additionally, 79 million adults have impaired glucose tolerance or “pre-diabetes,” which is defined as elevated blood sugar that does not reach the mark for an outright diagnosis of diabetes. Read below for a comprehensive guide to [...]

How to fix high morning blood sugars

Q: I've had diabetes for 15 years and struggle with high fasting blood sugar. They are usually between 130 and 180. I'm on oral medications. I've tried everything to get it down and have not had any success so far. Getting fasting blood sugar under control can be especially challenging! High fasting blood glucose (BG) numbers tend to lead to overall higher BG levels throughout the day, so it's important to try to figure out and address the root cause.  But first, what goal blood sugar number are we targeting for the morning fasting time? In general, glucose values [...]

Comprehensive Guide to Hypoglycemia

One of the biggest fears people with diabetes face is hypoglycemia, a blood sugar low. And rightfully so, because the most severe forms of hypoglycemia lead to seizures, coma and in the worst cases, death. Every person with diabetes (and under ideal circumstances, their family members) needs to know how to recognize and manage unpredictable hypoglycemic episodes. Let’s agree on some definitions first. What is hypoglycemia? Simply put, hypoglycemia is when your blood glucose (BG) dips below normal levels. Experts disagree on whether 60 or 70 defines a true low. It is very helpful to be aware of how [...]

How to Eat to Your Meter

How many carbs can I eat in a meal?  How many carbs can I eat in a day?  The answer: there’s not a magic number that fits everyone.  If you are in the early days of a diabetes diagnosis and trying to figure it all out, you may have heard the advice, “eat to your meter.” It sounds so simple.  But what does that mean??? People with diabetes will each have their own degree of a healthy, working pancreas which produces insulin. Early in a diagnosis timeline, your pancreas may still be producing lots of insulin on its own. [...]

Diabetes and Glycemic Index: Research Round-Up

Some interesting research was recently published regarding the accuracy of selecting foods according to their glycemic index (GI) number. It turns out that this system may not be as reliable as we once thought.  Let’s break it down to see what it all means and how it might affect a person with diabetes (PWD). Background: The glycemic index is a value assigned to foods based on a scale of 1-100.  The number tells you how slowly or how quickly those foods cause increases in blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates with a low GI value (55 or less) are more slowly [...]