The biggest month for diabetes awareness activities is November, and it’s the perfect time to raise your voice to increase awareness about diabetes! You might ask: Why? How does more awareness meaningfully impact the lives of people with diabetes? The question is a good one, but the answer is simple. Awareness is the first step to any kind of change. More funding for research, better public support for legislation issues. More understanding and empathy. Less blame and shame.
The fall season is finally upon us, and with it comes a certain kid-favorite holiday: Halloween. There are some steps you can take to enjoy spooky-sweet festivities when your child has diabetes. With a little planning and preparation, you can help manage blood sugar levels successfully. After all, Halloween is a time meant to be filled with scares — but diabetes shouldn’t be one of them!
Check out these tips for enjoying a sweet and safe holiday this year.
If you have ever woken up to find your blood sugar levels have taken a sunrise hike of their own, you’re not alone. This normal occurrence is called the dawn phenomenon. Let’s explore what it is, what causes it, and what you can do to help combat it.
What is the dawn phenomenon?
Dawn phenomenon, sometimes referred to as the dawn effect, is a noticeable spike in blood sugar levels in the morning, typically around dawn. It most commonly happens in people with diabetes, including both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
Wake up. Correct high from dawn phenomenon. Calculate carbs for breakfast. Deliver bolus. Check sugar levels. Calculate. Deliver. Check. Calculate some more and deliver again. Life with diabetes is filled with a constant series of decisions and mental math, especially around mealtime. Your diabetes technology should be your partner in relieving some of that burden so you can get back to focusing on the things you enjoy.
Protein is a little molecule that makes a big impact in your daily life. You could say that protein is a building block of all life on Earth. We all need it to survive. Your body uses it to build new tissue, make new cells, and repair any damage. When it comes to protein and diabetes, eating protein can help you feel full without significantly raising blood sugar. Getting the right amount in your diet is also a great way to stay healthy and give your body the nutrients it needs to build strong tissue and muscle.
Getting your blood sugar tested is usually the first step toward diagnosing diabetes. As a person with diabetes (PWD), it’s likely you had a hemoglobin A1C (HbA1c) test administered during a checkup or in response to symptoms of diabetes or prediabetes. But diagnosis isn’t the only time you need to test your blood sugar. For one, PWDs are used to checking their blood sugar themselves daily to keep tabs on their sugar levels.
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