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Managing Diabetes during Night Shift

Night shift workers have been around since the early 1900s when the automobile, steel and other related industries deemed more profitable a round-the-clock work day than the usual nine-to-five hours. From a purely economical point of view, this made more sense and increased profits. Shift working was also necessary in the healthcare industry for continuous […]

Stay Sweet on a Sugar-Free Date

Most people find dates highly tedious. In order to make a good impression, you put your best foot forward, use the best hair products, dress up to the nines, and, of course, pump up pockets with dough (or credit cards). These scenarios apply to normal people. How about people with diabetes? Related terms:dating on a […]

Hypoglycemia: More Sugar Please?

Do you regularly have headaches? Does your heart race? Are you irritable before meals? Do you feel confused or unable to make a decision? Are you constantly hungry? Are you always tired? Like Hollywood celebrities Burt Reynolds and Merv Griffin, you may be suffering from hypoglycemia, popularly known as “low blood sugar.” Related terms:famous people […]

Low Blood Sugars at Night?

How can the elderly keep from having low blood sugars at night? Hypoglycemia, defined variably as blood sugar <60 mg/dL, is one of the dreaded complications of diabetes management. It usually hinders the achievement of a satisfactory glucose control level because of the fear of developing symptoms of hypoglycemia – palpitations, excessive sweating, tremors, and […]

How to Fight the Dangers of Working the Night Shift

An increasing number of Filipinos work in shifts as part of their jobs. These include call center agents, security guards, casino operators, hotel employees and hospital personnel like emergency room physicians, residents, nurses and nursing aides. Police officers, firemen and emergency response paramedics also work in shifts to provide round-the-clock service for us. Yet, all […]

Warning Signs of Diabetes in Children

We keep hearing about the increasing incidence of diabetes worldwide and this unfortunate trend is also affecting children. It is important to be aware of this disease since early detection can make all the difference. Related terms:child goes to the bathroom all the timecan diabetes go undetrvted and suddenly appearcan pregnant women drink pocari sweatWe […]

Hypoglycemic Emergency

Jason, 24 years old, has learned about hypoglycemia the hard way. He was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes 10 years ago, and has been on twice-a-day insulin injections since. He is married, has two children, but lives in an apartment two hours away from them because he has to work in a call center in […]

Avoid Injuries while Doing Sports

As we draw close to the twilight of the fun-filled sunny season, it’s a signal to greet that time of the year which brings new life experiences and add another chapter in our lives. Without further ado, let’s welcome school year 2011-2012. Related terms:how to avoid injury in sports diabetesabove heart elevate body partdiabetes sports […]

Leg Cramps related to Diabetes?

Question: “I often get leg cramps at night. What could be causing this? Is this related to my diabetes?” Answer: Leg cramps are usually sudden contractions or tightening of the calf muscles that last a few seconds to a few minutes. Sometimes these involve the foot and thigh and frequently occur when you’re falling asleep […]

Meal Replacements for Diabetes

What are meal replacements? Meal replacements are food products, such as shakes, milk drinks, packaged entrées, cereals, soups, and bars, that are taken in place of meals and snacks. They contain a defined amount of calories, almost similar to the calories in a small meal. Since these products come in exact portions, dieters are able […]