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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #1202-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
February 07, 2012

Welcome to this month's issue on the start of our diabetes tips in alphabetical order so it will be easier for you to look it up: We call this “The ABC’s of Diabetes Tips”. We can’t think of any tips that starts with an A so we will start with B for blood sugar. We know that if you can think of a tip that starts with the letter A (the important word of course), you will let us know because this is a cooperative work that will involve you and us.

So let us study the things they want us to do to maintain a stable blood sugar level. Are we just going to read them or are we going to act on them? Of course we will act on them because following them will make the tomorrows of our life better and healthier.

In This Issue:

  • Handling a High
  • Must Reads Around the Web
  • What Makes the Blood Sugar Levels High in the Morning?
  • A Success Quotation of the Month
  • Dessert Recipe
  • Some Humour
  • Q&A: "Does breastfeeding reduce childhood obesity and therefore diabetes risk?"

Handling a High

High blood sugar or hyperglycemia can be caused by excess carbohydrate consumption, stress, infections and some medications. If left untreated, this condition can become an emergency. How can we prevent this high blood sugar? We can avoid it by eating healthy meals and to test regularly. How about if despite our effort, the blood sugar goes up anyway, Here are some tips on how to handle the high:

1. Try to do some light exercise like going for a walk unless you have ketones. If you have ketones. don’t exercise.

2, Drink plenty of water for hyperglycemias is associated with dehydration.

3. Those who are on insulin may be given a correction dose of insulin making it possible to correct the blood sugar high temporarily. This does not mean that the daily insulin injection has been changed permanently..

4. Those who are taking oral medication should make sure of two things: Taking the correct amount at the right time. Otherwise the medication will not be able to effectively control the blood sugar level. Your doctor should discuss with you if there is a need to make adjustment to the dose and time of taking the medication.


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2.Must-Reads from Around the Web

New Tool Accelerates Diabetes Diagnosis


Telling Diabetes Like It Is

Insulin Pumps Can Make Treating Diabetes Easier

You're gonna live! Or not. It’s Your Choice

3. What Makes the Blood Sugar Levels High in the Morning?

The Somogyi and the dawn phenomenon are two reasons behind the high blood sugar reading in the morning, The Somogyi is named after the doctor who was the first to write about it. The other name for it is “rebound hyperglycemia”. The high blood sugar in the morning is the same as the dawn phenomenon but the cause is different in the sense that it is man-made or due to poor diabetes management.

The dawn phenomenon is due to a combination of natural body changes that happen while you’re sleeping. When one is asleep between midnight and 3 am, the body has little need for insulin. This is the time when the insulin taken in the evening makes the blood sugar level drop sharply. Then between 3 am and 8 am the body begins to churn out the stored sugar plus releasing the hormones that lower the sensitivity to insulin while the bedtime insulin dose is subsiding. This makes the blood sugar go up at dawn or in the morning.

How do we know then if it is the blood dawn phenomenon or the Somogyi effect that is causing the blood sugar to rise at dawn? The doctor will ask you to check your blood sugar level at 2 am and 3 am on several consecutive nights. If the blood sugar is high or normal, then the dawn phenomenon is the cause.

On the other hand if the reading is consistently low, then the smoggy effect is suspected as the cause and the doctor will then advise you about the changes to make, to better control the blood sugar level. The changes could be any one or more of the following:

Changing the insulin type taken in the evening

Taking extra insulin during the night

Having a lighter breakfast

Increasing the morning dose of the insulin

Using an insulin pump that you can set to release additional insulin in the morning

4. A Success Quotation of the Month

""You Can Acquire the habit of happiness. Happiness is good medicine." Maxwell Maltz, M.D.

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

Mixed Fresh Berries With Ginger Sauce

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

A Smart Senior

A Smart Aleck on a flight thought he could outsmart a senior sitting beside him.

Smart Aleck Sir, Can we play a question and answer game?

Senior: I‘m not that smart..

Smart Aleck: It is simple. I will ask you a question. If you can’t answer, you give me $5. Then you ask me a question. If I can’t answer, I will give you $100.

Senior: Okay let’s do it..

Smart Aleck What is the distance between the earth and the moon?

Senior: I have no idea. Here’s your $5. Here’s my question. What goes up the hill with three legs and comes down with four legs?

Smart Aleck (Puzzled) Here’s your $100; I don’t know the answer.

Senior: Here’s your $5. I don’t know the answer. I will sleep now.

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

Drop us a line at our contact form and write your questions or comment there.

You may see your question answered in an upcoming issue of Diabetes Positive Approach like this one below.

7. Question: "Does breastfeeding reduce childhood obesity and therefore diabetes risk?"

Answer: The simple answer is yes. Denmark has a new study that says the children who are breastfed through 18 months old are healthier and have a lower risk for obesity and diabetes. There are health benefits here that have implications to parents.

Professor and study author, Dr. Kim Fleischer Michaelsen, from the University of Copenhagen tried to determine the effect of breastfeeding on the health of the children. She found out that those who breastfed their babies longer made the children grow more slowly than those who were given the formula. The slow growth is optimal because the risk to develop lifestyle diseases is reduced.

The recommendations of the Center for Disease Control is for mothers to breastfeed their babies exclusively for at least during the first six months. After the first six months parents usually start to supplement breast milk with solid foods or other milk.

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Thank you for being a subscriber of Diabetes Positive Approach, ! While it is true that ability is important, dependability is just as critical. We know we can do all those things required of us like eating the right kinds of food, exercising and taking medication as prescribed. And thank God we are dependable as well.

We seize the opportunity to succeed at taking good care of ourselves because we know that success lies within us. We know we can only get to the top if we try to get to the bottom of things by reading this and other materials on the issue.

Warm Regards,

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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