Diabetes: Surviving the holiDAZE

‘Tis the season indeed. Family, food, festivities and more (food). The holiday season can be especially challenging for persons with diabetes. Fortunately, a little pre-planning will help you control the temptations and enjoy the holidays to the fullest. Here’s a few tips to maximize your health and wellbeing during the upcoming season. Control your surroundings as much as possible. First off, the holiday meal is simply that- a single meal, and not a free pass to unlimited eating and drinking. Stick to your normal, healthy, day to day food choices and you lower the risk of erratic blood sugar levels. Although you may not control the menu when invited out to eat, expect some variation and pr

Diabetes: A1C versus eAG levels

According to the American Diabetes Association, (http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/blood-glucose-control/a1c/), "...The A1C test gives you a picture of your average blood glucose (blood sugar) control for the past 2 to 3 months. The results give you a good idea of how well your diabetes treatment plan is working" . In addition,"..."Your health care provider may report your A1C test result as eAG, or "average glucose," which directly correlates to your A1C. eAG may help you understand your A1C value because eAG is a unit similar to what you see regularly through self-monitoring on your meter. A1C is reported as a percent (7% for example) and eAG uses the same un

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