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Home Blood Glucose Monitoring

Individuals with diabetes have a very important role in their own medical care, and home blood glucose monitoring is an opportunity for them to take control of their own health. Home blood glucose monitoring (HBGM) is the ongoing measurement of blood sugar (glucose). It is a method of self-testing blood sugar levels for the management of […]

Dogs trained to monitor Blood Sugar Levels

If digital glucose meters seem too static and boring, why not get a cute, cuddly, and barking one instead? Aside from detecting illegal drugs, hidden bombs, and disaster survivors, dogs are now being trained to sniff for changes in a patient’s blood sugar levels and alert caregivers to administer medication to the patient when necessary. […]

How to Cope with Diabetes

Having diabetes means serious lifestyle changes. It entails saying goodbye to eating too much sweets and drinking with the gang every weekend, and saying hello to meeting your doctor regularly, checking your blood sugar level, and perhaps, regular insulin injections. For some, these changes and adjustments may come easy, but it may be grueling and […]

Stress: Where Less is More

Diabetes patients grapple with the demands of self-management (home blood sugar testing, diet and exercise requirements, medicine intake, and so forth) over and above their other concerns (work, finances, family and other relations). Living with diabetes day in and day out can really shoot one’s stress levels through the roof. If one is unable to […]

Better Early Than Sorry

A couple in their early thirties gushed at the sight of their lovely first-born, tickled pink with that perfectly delicate smile. The mother, who had gestational diabetes (pregnancy-related diabetes), almost wept while recalling her difficult pregnancy. But it was all over, she thought. Although the baby was bigger than usual, he had a complete set […]

Ming Ramos: PCDEF’s First Lady

Traditionally, first ladies are known more for their social skills and charm than what they ever said or did. They are expected to be amiable, outgoing, often seen but rarely heard. But these did not apply to former first lady Amelita Ramos, wife of former ,president Fidel V. Ramos. Related terms:ming ramosalubgati capsulesPCDEF activity 2011PCDEFnice […]

Getting out of harm’s way

Part 3 of Aging Gracefully with Diabetes “Aging starts from the womb and ends in the tomb,” says Dr. delaVega. She relates that most of the time, what they see in the geriatrics clinic are already complicated cases of diabetes.”We need to nurture even healthy mothers, healthy pregnancies so that the child that comes out […]

Diabetes in the Young

Diabetes used to be the illness of our parents and grandparents. Currently, however, the number of children, adolescents and young adults getting diagnosed with diabetes is increasing. As in older adults, there are several types of diabetes in young people. These consist of type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus plus a third type defined […]

Truth About Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia is a medical term to describe a situation where the amount of circulating useful blood sugar is lower than normal—a level low enough to cause symptoms in a person. Generally, hypoglycemia is defined as a serum glucose level below 70mg/dL. Symptoms of hypoglycemia can vary from person to person, from a common dizziness to […]

Low Carbohydrate or Low Fat?

Woe is the obese individual. Not only is he surrounded with deliciously unhealthy and delectably fattening food, he is also, ironically, bombarded with fad diet programs, back-breaking exercise machines, and costly weight loss medications. The lightest on the pocket but most mind-twisting would probably be diet management. Zone? Atkins? South Beach? Confused? Well, so am […]