Diabetes Diary

Kelsey's diary about living life with type 1 diabetes.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Walk for Diabetes and my new reward system

Happy Friday O.C.! I don't know about you, but this week felt loooong! I'm excited for the weekend, especially since we're registering for baby items tomorrow :) What fun!

I figured this would be a welcoming audience to hit up for JDRF Walk donations! Dennis and I will be participating in the October 14th walk in San Diego. If you have $5 or $10 to spare and would like it to support research for type 1 diabetes, please contribute to our walk efforts. Click here to access my page through the JDRF.

In other diabetes news... I've recently devised a reward system for myself. This diabetes & pregnancy management isn't easy! I've decided to start patting myself on the back for a job well done. I blogged about the details of my plan here.

Also, for those of you dealing with diabetes without the addition of a baby on board... I went into more detail about one of my healthy resolutions: playing with temporary basal rates.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Uh, not quite...

My husband called me this morning to alert me to an article regarding CGMS on msnbc.

I took a minute to see what the mainstream media outlet had to say about a topic we in the O.C. already know a lot about.

Right off the bat, the title, "Diabetics Swap Finger Sticks for New Sensors" is misleading.

Currently, CGMS have not replaced finger sticks. While they're a great tool for spotting trends and catching yourself before you get far out of range (either high or low), diabetics have to do a finger stick to confirm their blood glucose level before taking any action such as eating or administering insulin.

I did appreciate how the article explains that having a CGMS does not necessarily mean improved blood glucose control. Like Amy was saying yesterday, just having the numbers doesn't do any good if patients don't know what to do with that information.

Furthermore, "noncompliant" diabetics who won't test their blood a few times per day, are not going to wear a sensor all the time either! Not to mention the fact that the information obtain from a CGMS must be verified by a finger stick before meals or corrections, patients will still have to get over their fear or dislike of testing their blood sugar manually.

What a big, exciting headline over nothing new.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Lesson Learned

So, we all know that fat and protein influence blood sugar, right? But, I am often so focused on the carbohydrates in my meals and snacks, that I forget to factor in other aspects of the meal, like a high fat or high protein content.

This has really bad results when you add pregnancy induced insulin resistance to the mix!

My current post at HealthCentral.com: It's Not Just the Carbs! describes my recent experience with miscalculating for a meal of nachos, onion rings, and chicken wings!

Check it out... you don't have to be pregnant to appreciate, and commiserate with this one :)