Diabetes and Heart Health

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), “…Diabetes is treatable, but even when glucose levels are under control it greatly increases the risk of heart disease and stroke”. Furthermore, the AHA considers diabetes to be one of the seven major controllable risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Persons with diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, may have medical conditions that elevate their risk factors for heart disease. Education equals empowerment; thus, this article will focus on how you can reduce your risk of heart disease by addressing some key health areas. High blood pressure is a known risk factor for heart disease. As a person with diabetes, there are many things you can

Diabetes and Continuous Glucose Monitoring

A continuous glucose monitor (CGM) is a diabetes device that is inserted (and worn) under the skin for a specific period of time (usually 3-7 days). It reads and records a person’s glucose reading every few minutes. The CGM can be worn by persons with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. This constant, real time blood glucose monitoring allows a person to have better control his/her glucose level, which means a lower risk of diabetes complications, as well as an improved quality of life. A CGM can be programmed with alerts (alarms) that can serve several purposes. In addition to notifying you when there is a significant rise (or fall) in a glucose level, these devices can also track developing t

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