Blood Sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabetes

2020-07-29T17:02:49+00:00

Blood sugar levels are an important measure of type 2 diabetes control.  Your healthcare provider may recommend you check your blood glucose levels at home. Fasting blood glucose is the most common blood test.  It is usually done first thing in the morning or after at least an 8 hour fast. The normal fasting blood glucose level should be less than 100 mg/dL (5.6 mmol/L). In type 2 diabetes, the target fasting blood glucose level is between 80-120 mg/dL (4.4-6.6 mmol/L) The hemoglobin A1c is a test used to monitor blood sugar control. The hemoglobin A1c is measured as a percentage [...]

Blood Sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabetes2020-07-29T17:02:49+00:00

How managing your A1c can help you reach healthy blood sugars

2020-07-29T16:50:50+00:00

When it comes to healthy blood sugar control, the A1C is a vital measuring tool. A1c is the short name for glycosylated hemoglobin. Now, this may sound like a mouthful. It is abbreviated to the A1C to make it easier to understand. The A1c calculated as a percentage point. Blood glucose attaches to the proteins in the red blood cells. The A1C measures the amount of sugars attached to the red blood cells. This is a normal process that occurs in both people with diabetes as well as non-diabetics. The average red blood cell last about 120 days, the A1c can [...]

How managing your A1c can help you reach healthy blood sugars2020-07-29T16:50:50+00:00

How fiber can help reach healthy blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes

2020-07-29T16:51:41+00:00

A friend of mine was recently sharing me how frustrated her husband was with his blood sugar levels. They seemed to fluctuate widely from high blood sugar levels to low blood sugar levels. He did not know how to react to this and had decided that he was not going to take his medications any longer. Naturally she was at her wits end when she reached out to me. How could she convince her husband that stopping his medications was not the way to deal with fluctuating blood sugars? Fluctuating blood sugars are not unusual in type 2 diabetes. Whether you [...]

How fiber can help reach healthy blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes2020-07-29T16:51:41+00:00

Seven Tips On How to Maintain Healthy Blood Sugars During The Holiday Season

2020-07-29T16:51:41+00:00

I recall a number of years ago, when a patient left my office based practice and sent me a very nasty note three months later. She expressed how disappointed she was that I was not a person of my word. I had assured her that due to the fact that her blood sugars were well controlled and her A1C was less than 7% that I would attempt to wean her off some, if not all her medications. The catch was that at the time that this discussion was going on, the holiday season was also upon us. I had made a [...]

Seven Tips On How to Maintain Healthy Blood Sugars During The Holiday Season2020-07-29T16:51:41+00:00

Pregnancy and Diabetes

2016-11-03T18:39:56+00:00

Diabetes in pregnancy is called gestational diabetes. Women who develop gestational diabetes usually did not have either borderline or type 2 diabetes before they got pregnant. According to the centers for disease control, gestational diabetes occurs in about 9.2% of pregnancies. Just like type 2 diabetes, the incidence of gestational diabetes is rising. Women with gestational diabetes usually do not have any symptoms. This is why it is important to screen for it in all pregnant women.   How gestational diabetes is diagnosed Gestational diabetes is usually diagnosed after 24 weeks of pregnancy. If diabetes is diagnosed before 24 weeks, more [...]

Pregnancy and Diabetes2016-11-03T18:39:56+00:00

Blood Glucose Monitoring-Some Strategies to Check Blood Sugar Levels Once a Day

2016-09-16T18:45:26+00:00

Welcome back! Over the last few weeks I shared some of the lows and highs of living with type 2 diabetes. Namely hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. According to American Diabetes Association guidelines, normal fasting blood sugar levels range between 80-130 mg/dL. Blood sugars should also be checked after eating. This is called postprandial blood sugars. The best time to check postprandial blood sugars is  two hours after a meal. Normal postprandial blood sugar levels should be below 180 mg/dL. In order to reduce diabetes complications, it is important to try and keep blood sugars within this range. Sometimes it may be necessary [...]

Blood Glucose Monitoring-Some Strategies to Check Blood Sugar Levels Once a Day2016-09-16T18:45:26+00:00
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