I don't take diabetes medications and never have yet I wanted to "stick test".
In Canada while the price of drugs is a fraction of that in the US, test strips for home glucose meters do not share that particular bennie - regardless of brand they cost about a buck a strip.
So for me to make it viable I needed to get a Doc to "write a prescription" which would then allow me to send the bill to my insurance company (private).
Our publicly funded assistance for Diabetics will only cover the cost… read more
Could something like Xylitol or erythritol (which basically doesn't raise blood sugar) give your liver "more fuel" and cause your fasting levels to be higher?
Yesterday I had a few "sugar free chocolates" and "sugar free ice cream" and noticed today my blood sugars have been (on average) 1.5mmol/L (18-22) higher than normal. Is it related?
The A1C test has become the “gold standard” in the diagnosis/treatment of Diabetes but that wasn’t always the case.
The idea for the test was discovered in the 1950’s.
The test was first produced in 1979.
In 1983 a study (DCCT – Diabetes Control and Complications Trial) was undertaken to investigate it’s reliability and effectiveness.
In 1993 (concluded 10 year study) it was determined that A1C was “viable” with limitations.
It wasn’t until 2009 that “guidelines” for using A1C were written… read more
As Diabetics we tend to hear about advances in Medications and other treatments so it's nice to hear when someone is working on other areas that may make our lives a little easier.
Certainly the introduction of the Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM's) such as the Dexcom and the Libre are a welcome advance and save many sore fingers, particularly with Insulin and Sulfonylurea users, but it still must be applied, only lasts a couple weeks, can get caught on clothing or ripped off if you whack into… read more
Hello, my diabetes family. Still wearing Dexcom 6 but I'm very disappointed in it. Readings are not always accurate. Will ask Dr. at next virtual visit about discontinuing it and tell her about the great sites I found. mysugar.com and fooducate.com are great sites. If I use the Accucheck I can pair, it with the device they have. It will give much more information. Check it out. Blood sugars are still too high. This is such a frustrating disease. Sometimes, I know it is my fault, other times??? I… read more
I have noticed a few younger members joining our happy little Type 2 group.
Not so long ago the average age of onset was sometime in the mid-50 years old - just prior to the pandemic the average was in the latter 40's - we are getting more lazy, too much screen time and eating more and more "crap" which has pushed down the average age of diagnosis.
But it has still been relatively rare to see someone under age 35 develop Type 2.
A couple of things have come to light.
One in the past couple… read more
Over the past few days a few of us have been in a discussion about C-Peptide and anti-body tests and some may be wondering what the heck we are going on about.
So I'll try and give the 10 Cent explanation about some of the tests that can be used particularly if our diabetes gets a little out of hand or doesn't exactly react the "expected" way when the Doc is treating according to the guidelines that work for "most".
First we have the A1C test - I'm sure each one of us has had at least one of… read more
I have had Type 2 for several years. I am taking a blood glucose reading twice a day. With my diabetes nurse we are trying to adjust my dosage of Humulin and Victoza. Is there a universally accepted target range for readings. This is what I compiled from various sites. Are these reasonable?
Category 2-4 hours 4+ Hours
Dangerous 400+ 350+
Slightly High (Phone number can only be seen by DiabetesTeam users)
Normal (Phone number can only be seen by… read more