Near-infrared, as you have no doubt heard, is supposedly a technology that allows the taking of a blood glucose reading without the need for a blood sample. The theory is simple: when you shine light on your hand, it passes through it and comes out on the other side (take a flashlight and put it … Continue reading What Is Near-Infared, Anyway?
To develop a method for people with diabetes to recognize low blood sugar, researchers at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, Virginia, and Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, have identified the seven most frequently observed symptoms (Diabetes Care, February, 1993). The following table lists these symptoms in order of how often they occur. … Continue reading 7 Most Common Signs Of Low Blood Sugar
Researchers at Hadassah University Hospital in Jerusalem have reported evidence that diabetes may lead to ascorbic acid (vitamin C) deficiency. The study, published in Nutrition Research Newsletter, v 11, October 1992, shows a direct relationship between glycemic control and levels of plasma ascorbic acid. Patients that measured low in glycemic control had lower levels of … Continue reading Diabetes Linked To Vitamin C Deficiency
In a study of children with type I diabetes, researchers have found for the first time that higher levels of physical fitness are associated with lower levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein levels (LDL). This is a significant finding because lower levels of cholesterol and LDL reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. The … Continue reading Excercise Lowers Cholesterol
If your blood sugar level is regularly higher when tested in a clinic than when you test it yourself, you are among those suffering from “white coat hyperglycemia.” A recent study has indicated that about half of all cases of “white coat hyperglycemia” are due to errors in testing technique. The study, published in the … Continue reading High Blood Sugar Only At The Doctor’s Office?
Results of a recent pilot program show that preconception counseling for women with diabetes reduces birth defects from 6.5% to 1.6% and fetal/newborn deaths from 21.1% to 6.4%. The pilot program, conducted by the Maine Department of Human Services, gave counseling to health care providers as well as women with diabetes who were planning a … Continue reading Preconception Counseling
This month we devote our entire “letters to the editor” column to one letter. Also presented is an answer from a member of our medical advisory board. Dear DIABETES HEALTH: I have just received a copy of your November 1992 DIABETES HEALTH. It seems to be a very sensible, straight-forward newspaper. I’m hoping you can … Continue reading Letters to the Editor
In a study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, October 1992, researchers from Tulane University in Louisianna discovered that a higher percentage of boys with diabetes had developed learning problems than girls with diabetes. They also found that children with diabetes experienced more learning difficulties than those without the disease, supporting the … Continue reading Diabetes & Learning Problems
A study from Turin, Italy, has found a higher incidence of type 1 diabetes in males than in females in the age group of 15-29 years old. The report of the study, published in Diabetes Care, January 1993, recalls previous studies from Sweden and Spain in similar age groups that found males to be a … Continue reading Males At Greater Risk For Type 1
A study from Denmark has found that eating frequent small meals, rather than less frequent large meals, can be beneficial for people with non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). The report of the study was published in Diabetes Care, January 1993. For the study, subjects with NIDDM were fed either six small meals or two large … Continue reading Eating Frequent Small Meals Beneficial to Type 2s