Diabetes Self-Management Blog
Betsy Carlisle

Blood Glucose Monitoring: Minimize the Pain, Maximize the Gain

Checking your blood glucose levels at home is an integral part of managing your diabetes. Even when your A1C result is at your target goal, you should continue to check your blood glucose levels on a regular basis. Living with diabetes is a dynamic and ever-changing process…

Diane Fennell

Potential A1C Test Alternative; Glucose Meter Recall

Researchers have discovered two possible substitutes for the A1C test in certain populations; plus, two types of glucose meter have been voluntarily recalled by their manufacturer…

David Spero

Why Do Test Strips Cost So Much? (Part 2)

Last week I was busy being blown away by the amazing technology of glucose test strips. But back to reality…

David Spero

Why Do Test Strips Cost So Much?

Have you looked at test strip prices and thought, “These should be made of gold?”

David Spero

Why Raise Your A1C?

Have you been ordered by your doctor to get your A1C (HbA1c) level up? More people are having this confusing experience, as doctors try to implement the 2013 ADA treatment guidelines. Do these orders make sense? Not much, I’d say.

David Spero

How Do You Keep Diabetes Logs?

One of the most important self-management skills is keeping logs of health-related information. Do you do that? What do you keep records of? Are you consistent with logging, and does it help?

Diane Fennell

Walking Reduces After-Meal Glucose Spikes

Diane Fennell

Mangoes May Benefit Blood Glucose

Diane Fennell

Important Updates to Diabetes Treatment Recommendations

David Spero

New Research on High Glucose Levels

Jan Chait

Do You Know Your Number Without Checking? You May Be Surprised

David Spero

Foods’ Strange Tricks

Jan Chait

Doin’ the BG Limbo. How Low Can I Go?

David Spero

Does Self-Monitoring Have to Hurt?

Maryam Elarbi

Constant Lows

David Spero

Mindful Glucose Monitoring

David Spero

Stop Spiking Those Sugars!

Jan Chait

Aching Joints Aside, Things are Looking Up

Jan Chait

How’d He Do That?

Jan Chait

Walking Over Shark-Infested Waters

Jan Chait

Diabetes Can Go Take a Flying Bleep!

Diane Fennell

Remote Continuous Glucose Monitor Approved

Jan Chait

Cold Weather Brings Aches and Pains. And Soup.

Jan Chait

Diabetes Bites, but Fun is on the Way

Jan Chait

Gimmee a QUAN!

Jan Chait

New CGM Brings Old “Factors” Back Into Play

David Spero

Is Continuous Glucose Monitoring Worth It?

Eric Lagergren

Set It or Forget It

Eric Lagergren

Lower A1C, Happier Me

David Spero

How Blood Glucose Aware Are You?

Jan Chait

Going, Going… Almost Gone?

Jan Chait

A Memorable Weekend

Jan Chait

When Outpatient Surgery Goes Wrong

Eric Lagergren

Strip!

Joe Eldridge

A Hard Lesson Learned

Diane Fennell

An Important Step for Accurate Glucose Readings

Diane Fennell

AACE Issues Recommendations on CGM and Insulin Pump Use

Jan Chait

Can Proximity to SpongeBob SquarePants Make You Sick?

Ingrid Strauch

Meter Accuracy

Jan Chait

Some Things That Sort of Go Together

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Free Blood Glucose Checks at Walgreens

Jan Chait

Dang! I Could’ve Had Sweet Pickles Instead!

Eric Lagergren

Time To Review Carb Counting (Part 1)

Eric Lagergren

’Tisn’t the Season

Eric Lagergren

How Easy It Could Be to Slide

Eric Lagergren

To Check Blood Glucose More, First Change Accessibility

Jan Chait

All This and I’m About to Have a Birthday, Too

Jan Chait

Keep on Truckin’. It’s Either Uphill or Downhill from Here.

Jan Chait

Changes in OR Protocol Ease My Mind

Jan Chait

With Diabetes, School is Always In Session

David Spero

What About Urine Tests?

Jan Chait

Looking Forward (?) to More Surgery. Will the Fourth Time Be the “Charm”?

Jan Chait

Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired (Not to Mention Hypoglycemic)

Eric Lagergren

When Diabetes Is Boring

Jan Chait

Improving My HbA1c and How You Can, Too

Eric Lagergren

It’s Not the Heat, It’s the Insulin

Jan Chait

Finally! A Stress-Free Weekend

Diane Fennell

New Findings on Cardiovascular Risk

Eric Lagergren

Running Scared: A Legitimate Concern or Just an Excuse

Eric Lagergren

My Routine, My Blood Glucose

Jan Chait

Low Glucose Leads to High Anxiety

Eric Lagergren

Product Review: WaveSense Jazz Blood Glucose Meter

Eric Lagergren

Mundane, Yet Necessary. And Yet…

Jan Chait

Freebies and Washing and Blood Counts, Oh My!

Ingrid Strauch

Learning From Our Mistakes

Eric Lagergren

Checking, and Checking Some More

Eric Lagergren

Am I Doing Fine, Really?

Eric Lagergren

I’m Doing Fine, Really, But…

Eric Lagergren

Rambling About Diet (and Diet Coke)

Eric Lagergren

Check Check One Two

Jan Chait

Navigating a New Toy

Tara Dairman

Study Shows Real Benefit from CGMS

Jan Chait

Loss Leads to Indecision

Tara Dairman

What’s Your eAG? You’ll Know Soon…

David Spero

How Much (Monitoring) is Too Much? (Part 2)

David Spero

How Much (Monitoring) is Too Much?

Eric Lagergren

Blood on My Hands

Eric Lagergren

What’s the Buzz All About?

David Spero

Write It Down

Tara Dairman

FreeStyle Navigator CGMS Approved

Eric Lagergren

Continuous Glucose Monitoring and Me

Eric Lagergren

Do My Test Strips Define Me?

Eric Lagergren

It’s 3 AM. Do You Know What Your Blood Glucose Is?

Jan Chait

Sticking Point: Getting to the Tip of the Problem

Jan Chait

When Progress Isn’t a Positive Thing

Tara Dairman

Bayer Recalls Faulty Test Strips

Jan Chait

Just Stop Already!

Tara Dairman

Warning About Possible Meter Malfunction

Jan Chait

Take Your Best Stab, Then Hope for the Best

Jan Chait

Load the Code for the Proper Mode

David Spero

Answering Reader Questions

Jan Chait

Igor, Prepare the Lab

Tara Dairman

Two Standard Blood Tests May Get an Overhaul

Tara Dairman

Article of the Week: Managing Hyperglycemia

Jan Chait

Get a Clue! Keeping Track of Blood Glucose Shouldn’t Be a Mystery

Jan Chait

Meal Plan. Check. Medicines. Check. Blood Glucose Monitoring Materials. Ch…Oops!

Amy Campbell

Keeping Your Cool When it’s Hot!

Tara Dairman

Article of the Week: Be Aware of Hypoglycemia Unawareness

Tara Dairman

Seven-Day Continuous Glucose Monitor Approved

Andy Stuckey

Checking Makes My Blood Glucose Feel Lower?

Jan Chait

Fish Story

Tara Dairman

New Meter and Pump Models Hit the Market

Jan Chait

Trying Times

Tara Dairman

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Approved for Kids

Jan Chait

Will Maintaining Blood Glucose Ever Become Easy? Dream On, Alice!

Andy Stuckey

A Surprise Wedding and a Significant Encounter

Andy Stuckey

A Man and his BG Monitor

Andy Stuckey

You’re Always On My Mind: Questions and Thoughts About Diabetes

Tara Dairman

What We’re Reading: The O.C. New Me Challenge

Tara Dairman

More Counterfeit OneTouch Test Strips Found

Tara Dairman

Continuous Glucose Monitoring Improves Diabetes Control

Andy Stuckey

You Pricked What?

Tara Dairman

Public Warned About Fake OneTouch Test Strips

Jan Chait

New Monitoring Technology Brings Movies Instead of Snapshots

Tara Dairman

BD Blood Glucose Meter Discontinued

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