Archive for August, 2014
The technology to test and manage blood sugar results from smartphones took a big step this week. The Philosys group received 501K approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Gmate SMART Blood Glucose Monitoring System.
The Gmate SMART meter is not much bigger than a quarter. It connects to the headphone jack on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. It will use a free app to deliver blood glucose test results, without the use of an adapter or Bluetooth device.
The Gmate system will offer features such as goal setting, graphing, and the ability to email or text blood glucose test results directly to members of a diabetes care team.
Philosys is based in South Korea. Sales senior vice-president Mike Tickle said the company continues its efforts to be a technology leader for the diabetes mobile monitoring arena.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests talking to your doctor about whether you should be checking your blood glucose. People that may benefit from checking blood glucose include those:
- Taking insulin
- That are pregnant
- Having a hard time controlling blood glucose levels
- Having low blood glucose levels
- Having low blood glucose levels without the usual warning signs
- Have ketones from high blood glucose levels
The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) lists Monitoring among its seven self-care behaviors for people living with diabetes. The actions are often seen as goals ensuring improvement and the best control of blood sugar levels.
The following video shows how the device is used and some of its features.
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The use of a gout drug could help people living with diabetes avoid kidney problems. Allopurinol is the generic name of a drug used to treat gout. When high levels of uric acid gather in the body, gout is the result.
Several research groups have formed PERL or “Preventing Early Renal Function Loss in Diabetes.” They will study the effects of allopurinol on people with type 1 diabetes. The three-year study will test if the uric-acid cutting drug will also lower kidney damage.
New regimens have been introduced over the past 20 years. Blood sugar and blood pressure controlling drugs have not decreased the number of ESRD cases or end-stage renal disease.
Kidneys are made up of millions of small blood vessels. The vessels act as filters cleaning waste products from the blood. Diabetes can cause this filtering system to break down leading to kidney failure.
Consistently higher blood sugar levels make the kidneys filter too much blood. Over time, the filters start to leak and protein leaks into the urine. A person with ESRD would need a kidney transplant or start blood-filtering treatments using a dialysis machine for survival.
Allopurinol lowers the uric acid that causes gout. PERL researchers also hope uric acid reduction will protect kidneys when diabetes is present. The drug is on the market under the brand names Aloprim,Lopurin and Zyloprim.
The study will use subjects with type 1 diabetes, but it is hoped that one day the drug also could help those with type 2 diabetes.
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Carbohydrates, when broken down, turn into sugar. Too many carbs at one time can cause your blood sugar to go too high. The amount of carbs that you should eat at one meal depends on the individual. Contact a diabetes educator or a dietician for a customized meal plan.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has a simple principle that explains all carbohydrates are created equal: A carb is a carb is a carb! It is important to understand that sucrose (table sugar) and other sugars do not create a more harmful effect on blood sugar and they are not absorbed more rapidly than starches. The totalamount of carbohydrates eaten will have more of an effect on blood sugar levels than the source of the carbohydrate.
A healthy eating regimen doesn’t just help control blood sugar. It also can have a positive effect on other conditions like obesity, hypertension and heart disease.
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The nutrition of diabetes control is divided between choice and portion. While it is important to make wise food choices that encourage good blood sugar control, it is also important to practice portion control and add foods in the right combinations.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) and Diabetes Management & Supplies (DMS) advocate portion control strategies for people living with any form of diabetes and for those trying to prevent diabetes.
The ADA suggest “creating your plate” as an easy way to get started with managing blood glucose levels.
“You don’t need any special tools or have to do any counting,” the ADA Web site says. “It’s simple and effective—draw an imaginary line on your plate, select your foods, and enjoy your meal! You may have heard of this as the ‘Plate Method.’”
The DMS “I’m in Control” diabetes education program details meal planning and the Plate Method in its Healthy Eating section.
The plate method is a way to visualize proper portion sizes using a 9-inch plate. Make half of your plate non-starchy vegetables, a fourth of your plate protein and a fourth of your plate starch. On the side you may either have a serving of low fat milk or a serving of fruit. Following the plate method helps to ensure that you eat a well-balanced meal containing all the necessary food groups and stay within recommended carbohydrate intake.
- Start with the Carb choices allowed on your meal plan – how many – what is a serving size?
- Add the correct amount of Protein food – usually about 2-4 ounces of meat per meal (size of your palm) cooked using a low-fat method
- Add no more than one or two servings of Fat per meal. Add none if you include fried foods at that meal or if trying to lose weight. (1 tsp = 1 serving)
The ADA plate method is detailed in the video below.
The start of each new school year is full of to-do and shopping lists. Parents of children with type 1 diabetes top their lists with steps to avoid blood sugar highs and lows and ways to properly train their children to use glucose testing devices or insulin pumps. These parents aren’t following the crowd. What they must do may only affect one child in the school, but it is critically important.
The Safe at School initiative, started by the American Diabetes Association, has stepped forward to provide the extra direction and resources to help both children and caregivers affected by type 1 diabetes.
Safe at School helps families develop written plans to manage diabetes at school and ways to tackle the challenges that arise on both academic and medical fronts. Legal assistance is given to make sure each child’s needs are being met in school. Advocacy efforts on the state and national level help encourage legislation and public policy that aids children living with diabetes.
One example of Safe at School policy victories is Louisiana Senate Bill 759. Signed into law in two years ago, it allowed school employees to volunteer and be trained to help children with diabetes in school.
For more updates from around the country, visit Safe at School Updates on the ADA Web site.