The morning high-low

Up until about a month ago I had big problem controlling my post-breakfast and pre-lunch blood glucose. I would take 18 units of Levemir and 6 units of Novolog, wait 15 minutes, and then eat breakfast. Breakfast for me is a rotation of whole wheat toast, egg beaters, Morning Star meatless breakfast patty, steel cut…

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Diabetes survival gear

Shortly after I was diagnosed I was given a free meter by the hospital. It was a big bulky thing that required a bucket of blood and a day to register a reading. Since them I have purchased the FreeStyle Flash Blood Glucose Meter (one for home and one for travel) from Abbott Laboratories. It…

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SimpleShot

David Pogue, a tech writer for the New York Times, reports on a new invention called the SimpleShot. The device provides an injection of glucagon, a hormone produced by the pancreas that stimulates an increase in blood sugar levels. Diabetics on insulin are often at risk for hypoglycemia, an abnormally low level of glucose in…

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Checkup

Last week, I strolled into my endo's office feeling good about my numbers and presented him with the news that I have been honey-mooning without insulin since my last checkup. At my last checkup ( sometime in January or February) he had instructed me to quit the morning insulin ( one unit of Novolog ).…

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