Tag Archives: blood glucose monitoring

Tips for the Fingertips

Checking blood glucose levels by poking fingers is a common practice in diabetes management. But how can we keep our fingertips happy and healthy despite all that poking? I poke my fingers between 8 and 10 times each day. That’s … Continue reading

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Upside Down Numbers

Yesterday I was checking my blood glucose and found it amusing that I have been looking at my numbers upside down for over a year. When I was forced to switch meters (insurance coverage), I just couldn’t bring myself to … Continue reading

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Blood Glucose Monitoring and Type 1 Diabetes

Although the vast majority of the time I blog about topics related to diabetes in general – for people with all types of diabetes – today I’m focusing on type 1 diabetes (autoimmune diabetes). I am trying to catch up … Continue reading

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What is Type 1 Diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes, once called “juvenile onset” or “insulin-dependent” or “Type I” diabetes, is an autoimmune disorder. The body turns on it itself and attacks the cells in the pancreas (beta cells in the islets of Langerhans) that make insulin. Scientists … Continue reading

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Check BG before Insulin before Food

Don’t you just love when life throws a good lesson in your face? I had that happen last night. I was talking to a patient on Friday about checking blood glucose. He was going on a pump for the first … Continue reading

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Diabetes Book

Today’s prompt is to “open a book.” I chose my “Diabetic (sic) Manual for Doctor and Patient” by E.P. Joslin. How could I not? This book, copyright 1949, was given to me by my father. It belonged to his mother’s … Continue reading

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Diabetes Do Over

This morning I drove my kids to school because my son had a bulky project to take in (we are ordinarily school bus people). As we were heading out, the radio was playing. My daughter said, “I love this song,” and turned … Continue reading

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To B(G) or Not to B(G)

Routine self-monitoring of blood glucose for people with type 2 diabetes who do not take insulin  has been a debate for many years (I’m guessing as long as blood glucose meters have been around). Yet another article about this topic … Continue reading

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493 does not equal 128

You’ve probably heard this advice many times: wash your hands and dry them before checking your blood glucose. Most of us would admit we don’t always do it. Sometimes we wipe our hands on our jeans; other times we figure … Continue reading

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Clean and Dry

Have you ever gotten a random reading when you checked your blood glucose? When this happens to me I usually wash my hands, dry them, and try it again. If I get a crazy high reading that makes no sense, … Continue reading

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