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Diabetes Positive Approach, Issue #1206-- Cope with Diabetes; Live Healthy
June 05, 2012

Would you believe this month's issue is still on blood sugar testing? Pardon me, but I really want to cover everything here especially the part on reducing the pain of testing. Regarding clean hands for testing, I am not concerned about because I know you are aware of that. But you know what, there is something about that you may not be aware of.

Frustration and disappointment may have been with us but there are always solutions to the challenges we face and this is where I come in. I like to deal with the hope in the future and continue encouraging you in taking good care of yourself. That is why I want to take this positive approach in dealing with what we face.

In This Issue:

  • A Testing Must: Clean Hands
  • Must Reads Around the Web
  • Reduce the Pain of Testing
  • A Success Quotation of the Month
  • Dessert Recipe
  • Some Humour
  • Q&A: "What Do I Do When the Monitor Breaks Down?"

A Testing Must: Clean Hands

Before getting a blood sample, thoroughly wash and rinse the hands. Washing the hands can clean them of food residues that may cause high readings. They can prevent false hyperglycemia result. Hands that are not washed may have just peeled a fruit which can result in higher than usual reading.

Hands should be thoroughly rinsed too in order to get rid of the sugars that may have been an ingredient in the soap, gels and lotions. Some hand lotions have additional sugar like glycerin which is a sugar alcohol. Others can have coconut smell and fruity smells that have sugar in them. So be aware of this in order for the glucose reading to be accurate. These residues can cause higher readings.

The hands should be dry too as leftover water in the fingers can water down the result, to the point the result will not be reliable. Besides, it will be harder to collect the blood droplet if the hands are wet which may lead to waste the strip for testing.

Using rubbing alcohol can dry out the skin. If used regularly, rubbing alcohol can also lead to having callous. Moreover, it can get mixed with the blood sample making the test result inaccurate. A diluted blood sample can give a low reading which is more likely false. Any way, swabbing the finger tip with alcohol is not an adequate alternative to washing them.

A test was conducted about this and the researchers said that the first drop of blood can be used after washing the hands. If it is not possible to wash the hands, then it is okay to use the second drop as long as the hands have not been exposed to a product that contains sugar.

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2.Must-Reads from Around the Web

Slow Diabetic Neuropathy by Keeping Blood Sugar Controlled

Know Why You're High When You Arise?

Gestational Diabetes More Dangerous Than We Assume

'Forget BMI, Just Measure Your Waist and Height' Say Scientists

Could an Artificial Pancreas Cure Diabetes?

3. Reduce the Pain of Testing

The diabetics need to check their blood sugar so that they can manage the diabetes well in order to avoid the complications. The trouble is the process can be painful or at least lead to discomfort and soreness. Yet they have to continue monitoring the blood glucose so that they can make adjustment to their treatment plan.

Some stop monitoring the blood glucose because of the pain. But please don’t stop blood sugar testing to remain healthy for stopping can lead to result that may even be more painful. I will continue checking around for ways to lessen the pain. For now, here are the strategies and tools to lessen the pain:

Choosing the right kind of lancet and device will help. Try using a fine or ultra fine gauge lancet. Check out a few to find which one suits you best. Using a lancet that allows different depths for drawing blood may reduce the pain. It may also be more comfortable to use a thinner lancet.

It is the same with glucose meters. Check a few to see which one is the best fit.

Try the alternative location. There are alternative site meters that will allow testing on the forearm or other sites.

Get a good sample so you do not have to re-stick.

Numb the site with ice first or talk with your doctor who may know about topical cream.

Prick the side of the finger instead of the tip for the tip is used more often while going through the day’s normal activities.

Accu--chek put out some suggestions as they think that one reason for the greater pain is due to the mishandling of the lancing device. Lancing correctly they say will make it more comfortable. They therefore suggested five easy steps to keep the discomfort at bay:

1. Make sure the hands are clean and dry.

2. Lance on the side of the finger instead of the pad.

3. Keep the skin taut, stiff and rigid by pressing the lancing tool tightly against the skin.

4. Choose the depth of penetration shallow enough but can still obtain blood.

5. Change the finger to prick every day and make sure to have good blood circulation.

They have some additional information. Find out if your doctor will agree for you to check from other sites that may be less painful like the palm, the upper arm and the forearm rather than the more sensitive fingertips. Also use a fresh lancet as nowadays the lancets are so tiny that they easily bend and get dull which will be more painful to use.

4. A Success Quotation of the Month

"It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something."  Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

Peach Crumble

6. Let's laugh together at this joke even if it's not funny. I just want you to forget, just for a moment what you are going through. Laughing will help get us healthy.

Bragging About Mother

Johnny: You know what, my mother taught me everything.

Marion: Oh yes, give me an example.

Johnny: She taught me the proper way to behave.

Marion: How did she do that?

Johnny: She said, “Stop acting like your father.” And she taught me the cycle of life.

Marion: I bet she took you to the zoo.

Johnny: No, she told me, “I brought you into this world and I can take you out again.”

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

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

7. Question: "What Do I Do When the Monitor Breaks Down?"

Answer: Even though the monitor breaks down, you have to continue to monitor your blood sugar for you can’t take chances with this. You can use visual test strips which are known as reagent strips. There are different brand names for these that are available and you do not need a prescription to obtain these from the pharmacies.

How do you use these? Just put a drop of blood on the stick and match the color to the chart that is conveniently placed on the side of the bottle. But you have to be able to notice minor color changes. The result is not as good as the monitor but they give you the range which is better than not doing it at all.

And please do not throw away the broken monitor. Call the customer service of the company for most will replace the meter in a day or two. Also, it is better to have a second meter available for you because you do not want to stop testing.

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Some people blame others for what is happening in their life, They blame the parents, teachers, the church, the government and everything else. But we won’t do that because when we blame others and point our index fingers at them, we will see that three fingers are pointing at us. That’s because our happiness and success start with us.

It is not like that with you though because you are reading this. The more you get involved in the positive message around the world, the happier you will be to know that you control your future. And you have such a great potential to do just that.

Warm Regards,

Roger and Evelyn Guzman

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