It used to be that going to the doctor always felt like walking into elementary school-someone else had all the answers and you didn't even know what the questions were supposed to be. But thanks to the increase in sources and types of health information, now we can all walk into the doctor's office prepared with questions and ideas about our own health issues. Today most doctors treat their patients as knowledgeable adults who have educated themselves about illnesses and treatment options-in fact, responsibility is shifting to the patient to be an active participant in the process.
Things in the about diabetes section.
A heart risk you probably haven't heard of..
Homocysteine, a substance the body normally turns into two amino acids, came into the limelight several years ago. Researchers found some families had a genetic risk for early heart attacks, occurring between 10 and 45 years of age. Some of these heart attack-prone families were discovered to have an enzyme deficiency that created high blood levels of homocysteine.133
Humalog is a terrific insulin that improves postmeal readings, reduces the frequency of lows, and generally makes people feel better. But reports from people on both pumps and injections surfaced indicating that Humalog has trouble handling the heat.
A problem associated with the use of rapid insulins is that situations occur that cause people to perceive them as faster than they really are. For example, a person may feel perfectly normal at 70 mg/dl (3.9 mmol), take a bolus of rapid insulin for a meal, and a few minutes later begin to shake, sweat and have trouble thinking. Though the timing of the symptoms gives the impression that rapid insulin is responsible and acts very quickly, the symptoms are unlikely to be caused by the rapid insulin just given. More likely, another insulin given earlier is causing the blood sugar to drop. A drop of only a few mg/dl causes a person to go from feeling normal to feeling low. Because the meal bolus was just given, it often receives the blame for a low caused by an insulin that was given earlier.
An apple may be good for you, but an apple figure with excess weight in the middle, isn't. The risk for heart disease goes up two and a half times for men with diabetes and the apple figure, and rises eightfold for women with diabetes and this shape.
Sure, you test your glucose level several times a day. You're aware of diet and exercise issues and do your best to stay on track. But what about your hemoglobin A1c level? What does it mean and why is it so important?