Diabetes Education

Blood sugar overview H ow high is too high? Normal blood sugar should be at 100 mg/dl, but blood sugar fluctuates throughout the day and depending on your own baseline there might be different goals. You can set your own "normal" baseline. If your blood sugar is often around and over 200 - 250 mg/dl then you [...]

"One man's journey to save his life became his passion to save the lives of others." I n 2011 celebrity chef and best selling author Charles Mattocks was shocked and frightened when he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. He realized how little he knew about the disease that claims the lives of millions each year. [...]

C onsuming fat alone does not raise blood sugar levels; carbohydrates you eat along with fat does. Consumption of saturated or unsaturated fats do not raise your blood sugar because calories from fat are not converted into glucose immediately. They are turned into energy by a process called gluconeogenesis which takes place in the liver[1,3,6]. Your [...]

I f you have diabetes, you might have wondered why you have this condition after all. Did I inherited diabetes from my parents? The answer is yes and no. If you have diabetes type I the answer is yes; but if you have type II then the lines are blurry. Genetics lifestyle walk hand in [...]

The first step to positively deal with diabetes related anxiety is to look at it, to simply look at it. Instead of running away from fear we can jump right into fear and get in touch with it. The idea here is not to confront your fears with aggression: confrontation brings conflict, the best is to just [...]

H ypoglycemia or low blood sugar is not a condition reserved exclusively to diabetics. If you are diabetic, your know that maintaining ideal blood sugars levels is not an easy task and if you use insulin it only make things more difficult. Diabetics have trouble controlling blood glucose levels because they are always leveraging, food, exercise, [...]

What is Hyperglycemia?

H yperglycemia is when your blood glucose (BG) is higher then the normal standard of 100mg /dL. If your BG is higher then 130mg/dL. while fasting you have hyperglycemia. Glucose is a good thing  and your body needs it to power all the cells in the body. Your life depend on glucose but too much [...]

What is Hypoglycemia?

Hypoglycemia is when glucose in your blood drops below 70 mg/dl. The side effects of hypoglycemia may vary from person to person as some individuals may react differently to low blood sugar. Symptoms of hypoglycemia typically appear at levels below 60 mg/dL. Some people may feel symptoms above this level. Levels below 50 mg/dL affect [...]

Somogyi effect

Somogyi effect and the Dawn phenomenon: hyperglycemia on wake up hours S omogyi effect and the Dawn phenomenon are conditions related to diabetes and blood sugar fluctuations. Somogyi effect involves hyperglycemia when you wake up, even though you might have increased insulin before going to sleep. This is sometimes called "rebound hyperglycemia" and it is counter intuitive since increased [...]

An important part of diabetes management is to have a good idea of what glycemic index is and how it relates to the foods we eat. Instead of being super technical or having to take your calculator everywhere you go there there is a more pragmatic way to go about controlling your glycemic levels. I also don’t think [...]

Diabetes education is one of the most important tools for diabetes management but perhaps the most important piece of knowledge you can have is to know what metabolic syndrome is. Diabetes is part of metabolic syndrome so to understand it is to understand diabetes and how it is shaped. A standard definition of metabolic syndrome adopted by [...]

So many are diagnosed with Diabetes type II today. Questions like this first comes to mind: can diabetes be cured? What causes diabetes? It is shocking and scary when you are diagnosed. The first thing to know is that you are not alone. The number of people diagnosed with diabetes has risen from 1.5 million in 1958 [...]