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Can Coffee Reduce The Risk Of Diabetes?

Coffee reduces risk of diabetes. Research suggests that people who drink coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes. It isn’t known whether the caffeine or some other ingredient in coffee is responsible for its protective effects. The researchers wanted to see whether there is a link between diabetes and drinking coffee and green, black, and oolong tea. Participants completed a detailed questionnaire about their health, lifestyle habits, and how much coffee and tea they drank. The questionnaire was repeated at the end of the 5-year follow-up period. When other factors were accounted for, researchers found that the more green tea and coffee participants drank, the less likely they were to get diabetes. People who drank six cups or more of green tea or three or more cups of coffee each day were about one-third less likely to get diabetes. The link was stronger in women than in men. No pattern was seen with black or oolong tea. (see Diabetes Symptoms)

Vitamin D and Calcium May Lower the Risk for Type 2 Diabetes in Women A lack of vitamin D and calcium may be linked to getting type 2 diabetes. More than 80,000 women who took part in the Nurses’ Health Study. Over the course of 20 years, over 4,800 women developed type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that a combined intake of over 1,200 milligrams of calcium and over 800 units of vitamin D was linked with a 33% lower risk for type 2 diabetes (as compared to women who took much smaller amounts of calcium and vitamin D). The results show that consuming higher amounts of vitamin D and calcium help lower the risk for type 2 diabetes in women. Diabetes is a disorder characterized by hyperglycemia or elevated blood glucose (blood sugar). Our bodies function best at a certain level of sugar in the bloodstream. If the amount of sugar in our blood runs too high or too low, then we typically feel bad. Diabetes is the name of the condition where the blood sugar level consistently runs too high. Diabetes is the most common endocrine disorder.

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Ascensia Breeze

Maximizing Your Ascensia

Diabetes is the kind of the disease that you have to carry for the rest of your life. As much as it is life altering, it can still be kept at bay as long as you know what to do.

One of your tools against rising blood sugar level and further worsening of your condition is the blood glucose meters, or simply glucometers. These devices determine the approximate amount of glucose present in the blood. A result of anything between 70 to 150 mg is deemed to be a normal blood sugar level.  Blood sugar level that is beyond 150 mg is indicative of hyperglycemia while blood sugar levels of below 70 mg is indicative of hypoglycemia, a fatal condition that results to lethargy, impaired mental functioning, and loss of consciousness.

Glucometers usually comes in a set consisting of the meter, the test strips and the lance used to draw out blood. The glucose tests done using the glucometer can either be a fasting blood sugar test or a two-hour postprandial blood sugar test.

Because of the significance of the data being given by the glucometer, it is important that these devices are regularly calibrated. If you are using glucometers such as the Ascensia Breeze 2 Blood Glucose Monitoring System, calibrating can be quite a breeze.

The first thing that you need to do when calibrating your Ascensia is to open the meter. This can be done by turning the display screen away from you and then pressing the back edge of the latch. This will allow you to pull up the base. Once you have done this, you need to open the 10-test disc package. It is important that you check the expiration date of the Ascensia autodisc test strips that you have since expired test strips can cause inaccurate readings.

Lastly, you need to insert the disc into the meter making sure that the rough side is on top. Align the disc with the help of the notches on the side before snapping shut the meter. By now, your meter has been calibrated. Make sure that you have enough supply of test strips such as the Ascencia Breeze 2 test strips with you to ensure that you get to check your blood sugar level on time.

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I have Type 2 Diabetes, and I am searching for a good glucometer to use. Any suggestions?

At first, I was using the Bayer Ascensia Breeze2, but since I can get some free strips from my father in law, I switched to a One Touch Ultra Mini. However, the Ultra Mini has been having incredibly inaccurate results, and their Warranty department doesn’t recognize this as a faulty, because it’s still within their ranges. (Example, my fasting glucose one morning with this meter was 105, versus what the clinic tested with an actual blood drawn sample, of 137.) As compared to the Breeze2, it has also come out about 30-32 points inconsistent. I have already ordered some strips for the Breeze, as I feel more comfortable with it… but has anyone else had this problem? And are you now on a new meter you really love, and which one? Thanks for all the pointers.

There are many meters to choose from. Some meters are made for those with poor eyesight. Others come with memory so you can store your results in the meter itself. The American Diabetes Association does not endorse any products or recommend one meter over another. If you plan to buy a meter, here are some questions to think about:

•What meter does your doctor or diabetes educator suggest? They may have meters that they use often and know best.
•What will it cost? Some insurance companies will only pay for a certain meter. Call your insurance company before you purchase a meter and ask how to get a meter and supplies. If your insurance company does not pay for blood glucose checking supplies, rebates are often available toward the purchase of your meter. You still have to consider the cost of the matching strips and lancets. Shop around.
•How easy is the meter to use? Methods vary. Some have fewer steps than others.
•How simple is the meter to maintain? Is it easy to clean? How is the meter calibrated (set correctly for the batch of strips you are using)?

I use Invacare.

Invacare specializes in medical products and supplies for home use. The company started out as company that sold wheelchairs and patient aids. Since 1979 they have expanded their business to sell a wide variety of medical supplies.

No matter what you need for your home Invacare has it. They make Lifts, slings, respirators and other things. There are products there to make living with diabetes easier.

Find an Invacare glucose monitor there. Like their other products, their Invacare Glucose monitors and meters are quality and easy to use. Look on EBay for the glucose meter and system you need.

Good Lick, and take care.

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Regulating Blood Sugar Levels With The Ascensia Contour Monitoring System

Patients suffering from diabetes need to monitor their blood sugar and glucose levels regularly. They need to keep their glucose levels low because their condition inhibits the use and the production of insulin; a hormone produced in the pancreas which is needed by the body to convert glucose into energy. Hyperglycemia, or the condition where there is too much glucose in the body, can lead to several more severe health problems such as heart disease, kidney failure, and amputation of limbs. Diabetes is characterized as a chronic disease. That means a cure for diabetes is rather difficult to come by, although the disease has been determined treatable ever since insulin became medically available in 1921. With insulin shots, oral and in-vitro medication, diet and regular exercise, life for a patient suffering from diabetes requires discipline and plenty of sacrifice. That is why many industry-leading health care companies have made the task of regulating glucose and blood sugar levels easy for patients suffering from diabetes. Glucose meters and blood test strips have made self-monitoring and checking glucose levels in the comfort of home a convenient possibility. Companies such as Bayer are at the forefront of this innovative change. Bayer’s Contour blood glucose monitoring system, Ascensia, saves patients with diabetes the trouble of having to go to a clinic every time they need to check their glucose levels. This complete system allows patients to check their blood sugar levels on their own. The system also includes blood test strips and a record diary that allows patients to log their daily results and keep track of any changes that may occur. The Ascensia Contour monitoring system is capable of recording test results and storing them for hundreds of days. This means patients suffering from diabetes can regularly and accurately monitor their blood sugar levels with ease. The kit also includes Contour blood glucose test strips that are used to collect the blood samples. Blood can be taken from the patient’s finger, forearm, or palm, and the results are shown after a 15-second countdown. Taking blood regularly, even in very small amounts, can be taxing to the patient. But the assurance of knowing that their glucose and blood sugar levels are kept in check is worth the pain.

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Question as to blood sugar levels?

I had a physical recently and my doctor told me that my blood sugar was 101 so I should keep an eye on it. I’ve been very good about what I eat for 1 month now and yesterday administered my own blood sugar test using the OneTouch Ultra 2 in what would be considered a “Random” testing and received a 92. I thought, “Great, what I’m doing is working.” The problem is that this morning after not eating for about 12 hours I did a “Fasting Blood Glucose” test and the result was 105, a retest showed it at 99. Is there any reason that the fasting test (12 hours no food) would be higher than the random test (4 hours no food)? Does the OneTouch just suck?

Any help would be appreciated


What Are Normal Blood Glucose And Blood Sugar Levels

There are various methods to determine blood glucose level. Some tests give you accurate diagnosis of diabetes or pre-diabetes, while others will tell you how well you are managing your diabetes.

Fasting Blood Sugar Test:
Measures the blood sugar level after 8 hours fast or overnight. Normal fasting blood glucose level is less than 100mg/dl. If your fasting blood glucose level is from 100mg/dl to 125mg/dl then you will have impaired blood glucose level also known as Pre-Diabetes. If your blood glucose level is above 125mg/dl then your doctor will diagnose as a patient of diabetes. To confirm the diagnosis, your doctor may repeat the fasting blood glucose test on any other day. If you have blood glucose level of 126mg/dl or higher in two consecutive tests, then you may have diabetes. If you have blood glucose level greater than 200mg/dl and you have symptoms of diabetes like increased thirst or hunger, frequent urination, weight loss, blurred vision etc, then you may be diagnosed with diabetes mellitus without confirming it with second test.

Random Blood Glucose Test:
Random blood Glucose test gives your blood sugar at any time in a day. Normal random blood sugar level should be less than 200mg/dl. If your random blood glucose level is between 140mg/dl to 200mg/dl then you will have pre-diabetes.

Oral glucose tolerance test
This test measures your response to sugar. First we measure fasting blood glucose level, and then glucose solution is given, after that we measure blood glucose after 1 hour and 2hours. A normal blood glucose level after an oral glucose tolerance test is less than 140 mg/dL. Level between 140 mg/dL to 199 mg/dL suggests pre-diabetes. A blood glucose level of 200 mg/dL or higher two hours after you drink the glucose solution may suggest that you have diabetes mellitus.

Glycated hemoglobin (A1C) test
This test is not for diagnosing diabetes, but it shows you how well you have controlled your sugar in last 2 or 3 months. Normal value is less than 7%, however if it is more than 7 then you and your doctor should think of changing your treatment of diabetes.

Always Remember, your blood glucose measurement alone is not enough to differentiate between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Your doctor may do some other tests to find out which type of diabetes you have.
Try again after 8 hours and see the results. Also you say you have been good about eating, does that mean that you have been on a low Glycemic diet? This is the one you should be on for life . The best on the web has 2,480 food listed . The ones with a low load are the Ideal ones. Heres the site:
I am leaning that you may be pre-diabetic. But with this diet , and it is not a restricting diet, you will stave off diabetes for a long time or maybe forever. Combines with weight loss and you will be in the clear!

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Ascensia Contour

How much should I expect to pay for diabetic testing supplies?

I need Ascensia Contour test strips and Microlet lancets. I am on a tight budget and wanted to get some idea before I go to the store.
Will most insurance pay for these items?
Holy Cow! I had no idea that it would cost so much.

If you live in the US, ask you MD to call in a prescription to your pharmacy. You should expect to pay your normal copay for brand name prescriptions for the strips (I paid $30), and about $10 for the lancets (they cost $10…I do not think insurance paid anything). Without a prescription, a box of 100 testing strips costs around $100. Expensive, huh??

Good luck to you!

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