Tag Archives: type 1 diabetes

What Is a Magnesium Test?

Magnesium is a plentiful mineral in the body, and it plays a central role in many chemical reactions—more than 300 different ones. Some of the ways magnesium assists the body, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) include: protein synthesis the function of muscles and nerves managing blood glucose levels maintaining blood pressure facilitating…

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Using A1C Home Test Kits for Diabetes

A1C home test kits allow you to check your hemoglobin A1C levels at home, in between your visits to your doctor. You can use these tests whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. A hemoglobin A1C test measures the percent of hemoglobin bound to glucose, which is a reflection of how well your diabetes has been controlled.…

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An Overview of Estimated Average Glucose (eAG)

Estimated average glucose (eAG) or “average glucose” is a newer term you may see reported by your doctor. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) introduced this term to help you translate your A1c tests into numbers that would more closely represent your daily glucose meter readings. Making Sense of Estimated Average Glucose To understand eAG, you…

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring: Weighing the Pros and Cons

Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) devices are FDA-approved to provide real-time glucose readings 24 hours a day, thereby allowing patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to closely track glucose levels and trends. Typically, CGM reports blood sugar levels once every 5 minutes, thereby providing 288 glucose readings per day. Although CGM was first introduced in…

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Blood Sugar Meters That Communicate With Insulin Pumps

Diabetes patients monitor their blood glucose by pricking the skin and drawing blood, which is then smeared onto a disposable test strip. Some with Type 2 diabetes might test only once a day but those with Type 1 diabetes and many with more complicated Type 2 diabetes will test multiple times each day. The results…

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Alternative Blood Sugar Testing Sites

An alternative blood testing site is a body location other than your fingertip where you can reliably test your blood glucose. Common alternative blood testing sites include the palm, forearm, upper arm, thigh, and calf. Using alternative body sites for blood sugar testing has been a relief to many with type 1 diabetes who have suffered…

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Innovative Glucose Tracking Methods

There’s a myriad of novel noninvasive devices primed to hit the market and revolutionize the way patients measure blood sugar. As research is ongoing, one of the main goals is to make blood glucose tracking easier for patients with diabetes. Noninvasive Devices The Photonic Glucose Sensor by Onsens is a brand new non-invasive technology which uses…

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Determining the Accuracy of Your Glucose Meter

If you’re like most people with diabetes, you probably assume that your glucose meter gives you accurate readings every time you check your blood. You base your insulin dose, food intake, and activity plans off that number. Fortunately, most glucose meters are well designed and give reasonably accurate test results. But there are some things…

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Why Glucose Monitoring Is Important for Diabetes

If your doctor has been mentioning terms and phrases like prediabetes, diabetes, blood glucose, or blood sugar, it may just be a matter of time before she recommends that you self-monitor using glucose monitoring. What your doctor is talking about refers to when the cells in your body start becoming or are resistant to insulin. It…

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How to Choose a Blood Glucose Meter

Blood glucose meters are an essential part of your diabetes toolkit. Having type 1 diabetes means you need a way to check blood sugar several times each day. Though there are many blood glucose meters available, all meters are not created equal. Most blood glucose meters are accurate in how they measure your glucose but…

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