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Article of the Week: Getting to Know Ketones

“Does anyone really know what a ketone is?” this article asks. “Are they a danger to your health (as in diabetic ketoacidosis), or a sign that you have lowered your carbohydrate intake enough to cause weight loss (as some people who follow low-carbohydrate diets believe)?” Read on to learn about how ketones can be related to diet or exercise, how to test for ketones, and how to deal with diabetic ketoacidosis.

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Article of the Week: Managing Hyperglycemia

In her blog entry this week, Jan Chait writes about how she learned to use the information she got from checking her blood glucose to manage her diabetes. This article from the archives delves further into the subject, explaining blood glucose goals, causes of hyperglycemia (high blood glucose), and what steps you can take to bring down high blood glucose levels.

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And remember that articles on a wide variety of diabetes topics are always available in our magazine archives section!

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Juice vs. Fruit: What’s Better for Diabetes?

This past week, results of a European study, published in the International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition in 2006, made the news. This study was actually a comprehensive review of the literature on fruit and vegetable juices. And while it may not sound like an exciting paper to read, this study does raise an interesting point. Here’s the crux of the study, according to the authors: “When considering cancer and coronary heart disease prevention, there is no evidence that pure fruit and vegetable juices are less beneficial than whole fruit and vegetables.” Read More “Juice vs. Fruit: What’s Better for Diabetes?”

You’re Always On My Mind: Questions and Thoughts About Diabetes

Yesterday, I went to the pharmacy to get some new test strips. I have come to embrace the fact that, even though you can see the 100 strips behind the counter and have no idea what harm they could possibly cause anyone, you are still told that it will take 30 minutes to get them. Thirty minutes for the pharmacist to walk three yards and print out a label. Read More “You’re Always On My Mind: Questions and Thoughts About Diabetes”

Trying to Control the Uncontrollable

“OK,” my endocrinologist—or endo—said at my July visit when he read the results of my HbA1c test, “What do we need to change?”

My HbA1c (a measure of blood glucose control over the past 2–3 months), which had hovered close to 6% seemingly forever, had gone up into the 9th percentile, been wrestled down into the 7th percentile, and had popped back up to 8.4% for that visit. I hadn’t bothered to have my labs done, I hadn’t written down a list of my medicines, and I didn’t have any kind of blood glucose log with me.

“My attitude?” I asked. Read More “Trying to Control the Uncontrollable”

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