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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #1010-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
October 05, 2010

Diabetes Positive Approach Newsletter # 1010
October 5, 2010

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Welcome to this month's issue which is all about the things to do when the blood sugar is too high or has dipped down too low. We all respond differently to this. Some utter unprintable words. Don't be so mad because no matter how well we follow the rules, the blood sugar is still a sneaky old beast. Instead, follow the things to do below when the blood sugar goes crazy.

In This Issue:

  • What's new at
  • Things To Do When the Blood Sugar is Too High
  • When to Worry About Low Blood Sugar
  • A Success Quotation of the Month
  • Dessert Recipe
  • Some Humor
  • Q&A

1. What's new at Let's tackle the newsalert section first:

1. What's new at Let's tackle the newsalert section first:

Keep the HbA1c Levels From Rising in the Winter

Most of us are less active in the winter so the blood sugar level can go up if we do not make adjustment to the meal plans. The blood sugar level is affected by both physical activity and dietary consumption.

The Most Common Wound - Discovering and Treating a Pressure Sore

Wounds come in different types and are the results of different factors. The type and cause of the wound will determine the type of treatment but keeping the blood pressure, lipids and blood pressure are parts of prevention and treatment.

Millions Die Due to Withheld Medical Treatment

The most effective treatment and prevention for diabetes is lifestyle medicine. That means eating right, moving more, and handling stress that comes our way. This is more effective and less costly than drugs and surgery yet some are denied this treatment by conventional medicine.

Low Carb Lunches

Salads, sandwiches and soups are the usual choices for lunch and here are some low-carb lunches for all those who are watching their weight and counting carbs, too.

Here are the new additions at our sister site at Blogging for Diabetes and You You may be able to hit control and click to follow the link:

Blood Pressure When Lowered Decreased Risk for Kidney Disease

Diabetes and Eating, What Can I Eat?

Diabetes Complications Can Be Prevented by Educating Patient

Glycemic Index, What's In It for You?

Article Published:

Sleep and Diabetes Often Go Hand in Hand - Part 2

Healthy Living, Healthy Life

2. Things To Do If Your Blood Sugar is Too High

Sometimes we do everything we have to do, reading and following the Rule Book as if it were the gospel truth, yet the blood reading goes up to the stratosphere where it does not have the right to be. After all, we did everything right as best as we can.

Oh sure we understand that if we threw caution to the wind, the reading would go up. We know that if we splurged on eating four scoops of ice cream (oh, one little scoop for each flavor please at the buffet; I can't play favorite and not have one each of the mango, strawberry, chocolate and green tea, can I?) and two slices of chocolate cake in the middle of the night, the inevitable beast we call high blood sugar would appear, but for goodness sake, not if we followed all the rules.

That's because food is not the only thing that affects the blood sugar. There's the stress that is due to the boss not very accommodating lately. Or we are coming down with a cold. Or the medicine we are taking refused to do its magic and so it's time to tell the doctor that we may need a change. There are other reasons, but we will not worry about them because we have weapons in our arsenal to fight this uninvited guest and boot him out the door.

Remember that the single reading is not as important as the pattern so don't feel bad or guilty about this. The reading result does not mean success or failure that may just lead to self-blame and feeling of anxiety and some may even stop monitoring their blood sugar level. Instead let us face this monster head on.

If Your Blood Sugar is High:

  • Test before and two hours after eating. This will tell the story of whether the medicine is doing its job or not. It will also tell which foods are causing the blood sugar to spike and should be avoided. Of course your health care team can tell you how often and when to test depending on the blood sugar control.
  • Look for patterns. It's not a big deal to have a high reading in the morning unless it happens all the time. Then it becomes meaningful for the liver may be producing too much sugar at night and this might mean you need a new or additional medicine.
  • Find out what you did or ate. Did you eat too much bread at Olive Garden, for instance? Did you drink orange juice or do you have a cold? You know the drill. You can avoid the bread and the orange juice and take care of that cold.
  • Make some minor changes. Limit the carbs at the next meal or have a bit more exercise. But don't go overboard. One high blood sugar reading is not enough to push the panic button. Now if after the doctor's orders and the reading is consistently high for two or three more days, then it's time for a consultation with your diabetes health care team.
  • Relax for remember that food is not the only thing that affects the blood sugar. Stress may do so. Avoid any situation that will cause you stress like doing too much volunteer work. Your blood sugar number could be telling you something; listen to it.
  • Finally, talk to your doctor after you have done all you can to control the beast. It might be time to change the medication. The beta cells may have stopped making insulin which is no fault of yours. Diabetes is a progressive condition; it's just its nature.

If Your Blood Sugar Dips Too Low:

To avoid low blood sugar, do the following:

  • Always check the blood sugar level before and after exercise.
  • Have with you some fast-acting carbohydrate like lifesavers or hard candy or glucose tablet or two tablespoons of raisins. It is important to use pure carbohydrate because it goes into the bloodstream right away which then can raise the blood sugar immediately. Sweets like chocolates that contain more fat take too long to work so are not good to treat hypoglycemia.
  • Exercise after a snack or a meal.
  • Wait for the food to be served when dining out before taking the insulin shot as the delay could lead to a low.
  • Be extra careful while on a trip especially at night because most people eat less and walk more during the day. Carry with you the fast-acting carbs and the glucose meter.

Common Symptoms of Hypoglycemia To Alert You:

  • Changes in Mood
  • Headache
  • Feeling tired and/or hungry
  • Shaky and sweaty
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Cannot concentrate

3. A Success Quotation of the Month

"You become what you think about most of the time." Earl Nightingale

4. And here’s the dessert recipe we promised you.

Healthy Recipe: Cheesecake


5. 6. Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. Laughing will help get us healthy.

Man: Hello?

Woman: Honey, it's me. Are you at the club?

Man: Yes

Woman: I am at the mall and I found this lovely coat that's only $1000. Ok if I buy it?

Man: If you like it that much, go ahead.

Woman: I passed by the Porsche dealership and saw the 2010 models.

Man: How much?

Woman: $70,000

Man: OK for that price, I want all the options.

Woman: Okay, I'll see you later. Love you.

Man: Bye, love you, too.

The man hangs up. The other men in the club look at him in astonishment.

Man: Anyone know who this phone belongs to?

6. Do you have a question or comment for the team?

Drop us a line at our contact form and you may see your question answered in an upcoming issue of Diabetes Positive Approach like this one below.

Question: Why do I sweat heavily when my blood sugar dips down too low?

Answer:Most diabetics tend to sweat when their blood sugar gets too low because of the activation of the autonomic nervous system. That just means the low blood sugar puts your body on a panic mode. Symptoms appear then like sweating, shaking, feeling tired and hungry and feeling of anxiety. The autonomic system causes all these symptoms and you don't have control over them.

7. Got something to say? Please write down your questions and comments in the contact form in our website.

We will try to answer your questions in the next issue. Just go to the contact form and write your questions there.

Thank you for being a subscriber of Diabetes Positive Approach,! We know that sometimes like us, you are faced with life's unpredictability. We have two choices to deal with this. Either face it afraid of things we cannot control or open up to whatever may be around the corner. We like option 2 for then you could be amazed and fascinated at what could happen next.

Warm Regards,

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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