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Diabetes Self-Management September - October 2018

Diabetes Self-Management offers up-to-date, practical “how-to” information on nutrition, exercise, new drugs, medical advances, self-help, and the many other topics people need to know about to stay healthy.

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1 min.
what is a normal blood sugar level?

READER COMMENTS “I cannot tell you how much I appreciate what you do! Your site has given me the tools, encouragement and best of all, hope. Thank you so much!” – Susan F. “I was recently diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and, honestly, my world turned upside down… Thanks to Diabetes Self-Management, I'm starting to cope with my diabetes diagnosis.” – Karen S. “I think the Diabetes Self-Management site is fantastic…very helpful.” – Jane K. “The Diabetes Self-Management e-mails…contain very valuable information.” – Roberto M. NUTRITION & EXERCISE Counting Carbohydrates Like a Pro When it comes to managing blood glucose levels, carbohydrate counting works better than any other system. Get three simple recommendations to help make carb counting easy. RECIPES 900 diabetes-friendly recipes at your fingertips Whether you are planning dinner for one, cooking breakfast for a busy family on…

2 min.
getting back into a routine

Fall is officially upon us. Crisp evening breezes and vibrant foliage serve as Mother Nature’s cues of change. Fall also spurs a sense of renewal and routine. For many, the transition from summer to autumn is simple: We leave the beach bags behind and replace them with backpacks and gym bags. As kids of all ages head back to school, many parents of children with Type 1 diabetes (T1D) search for resources to help manage their child’s condition and tools to guide them through the K-12 and/or college experience. In this issue of Diabetes Self-Management, we offer planning tools to establish the best written care plan for school-aged children (page 26). Or if college is in your sights, “Off to College with Type 1 Diabetes” (page 22) provides guidance on accommodations and…

1 min.
metformin for moms

According to estimates, nearly one out of 10 pregnant women in the United States develop what’s known as gestational diabetes, a condition which occurs during pregnancy and causes high blood sugar. Although it goes away after delivery, women who have experienced gestational diabetes remain at higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes later in life. Recently, however, data presented at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions indicates that long-term use of metformin, the well-known diabetes medication that decreases the amount of glucose users absorb from their food, has a powerful effect on preventing the development of Type 2 diabetes in women who have had gestational diabetes. The researchers drew their data from the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), an initiative launched in 1996. The purpose of the DPP was to determine whether lifestyle…

1 min.
breastfeeding prevents diabetes

In a study recently published in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers from the managed care consortium Kaiser Permanente reported that mothers who breastfeed their babies for six months or more have a nearly 50 percent lower chance of developing diabetes during their childbearing years. According to lead author Erica P. Gunderson, PhD, “We found a very strong association between breastfeeding duration and lower risk of developing diabetes, even after accounting for all possible confounding factors.” The study’s designers analyzed data collected over a 30-year period as part of a long-term national investigation of cardiovascular disease factors. The analysis began in 1985-1986 with the enrollment of about 5,000 people aged from 18 to 30. The researchers discovered that women who breastfed for six months or more across all births had…

3 min.
the bcg vaccine and blood sugar control in t1d

An inexpensive, generic vaccine has been shown to improve blood glucose levels in people with Type 1 diabetes, according to the results of a new study. Published in the journal npj Vaccines, the study included 52 participants with longstanding diabetes who were randomly assigned to either a treatment group or a control group. Members of the treatment group received two doses of the bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine — which has long been used worldwide to protect against tuberculosis (TB) — four weeks apart. Three years later, everyone in the group showed reductions in HbA1c (a measure of long-term blood glucose control) to near-normal levels, and this improvement continued for five additional years of follow-up. These results demonstrate “the potential to stably lower blood sugars to near-normal levels with a safe vaccine, even in patients…

1 min.
the benefits of cgm

People with Type 2 diabetes might have better success managing their blood sugar by using a continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) device instead of intermittent blood testing, suggests a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers enrolled 158 adults aged from 35 to 79 (mean age 60) who had Type 2 diabetes. Although the patients were giving themselves insulin injections about three times a day, their blood sugar remained poorly controlled. To test blood sugar, the researchers used the A1C test, which indicates sugar levels over the previous two or three months. At the onset of the study, the subjects had A1C readings between 7.5 and 9.9 percent (below 5.7 is considered ideal). The subjects were randomly assigned to one of two groups. The first group was assigned…