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Today's Tip: What kinds of calcium supplements should I avoid?

Avoid “natural” calcium supplements that contain calcium from coral, oyster shells, dolomite, or bone meal, because these sources are more likely to be contaminated with lead and other dangerous substances.

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Yesterday's Tip: What kind of calcium supplement should I take?

If you need a calcium supplement to meet your calcium requirements, choose one that contains calcium citrate, calcium lactate, or calcium carbonate.

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November 20, 2019: How can I make sure the supplement I choose is of high quality?

Choose supplements that have the USP (United States Pharmacopeia) seal, showing they meet government guidelines for production and dissolution.

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November 19, 2019: What important step should I take before starting a supplement?

Talk to your doctor before starting any dietary or herbal supplements. He should be able advise you about whether the supplement is safe and effective, and whether it may interact with any other drugs you take.

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November 18, 2019: When seeing a new doctor, what should I tell him about my medicines?

At your first appointment, tell your doctor about any prescription or over-the-counter drugs you are taking. Bring a list of all of your medicines to your appointment, or bring the drugs themselves (in their original containers).

Learn more about planning for a successful doctor’s visit here.

November 17, 2019: What simple steps can help you prevent drug interactions and errors?

Filling all of your prescriptions at one pharmacy, if possible, can help your pharmacist catch any potential interactions between drugs you take. And when you refill your prescriptions, note whether your pills (or insulin) look different from those you normally take. If they do, check it out with your pharmacist.

Learn about dangerous drug combinations here.

November 16, 2019: My prescriptions are too expensive. What can I do?

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if there are generic equivalents to the drugs you take, and consider using combination tablets that contain more than one drug to reduce your co-pays and the number of pills you take each day.

Get more tips for saving money on your diabetes care here.

November 15, 2019: What are some common symptoms of a urinary tract infection?

Symptoms of a urinary tract infection include burning upon urination, the need to urinate frequently or urgently and lower abdominal pain. Urine may look milky or cloudy, or possibly even reddish from blood.

Learn more about urinary tract infections here.

November 14, 2019: I don’t have ketones in my urine. Does this mean I don’t have to worry about hyperglycemia (high blood glucose)?

Not necessarily. It is possible to have dangerously elevated blood glucose without ketones, especially in people with Type 2 diabetes who are dehydrated. This is called hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state, and its symptoms include excessive thirst, hallucinations, sensory loss, rapid eye movement, paralysis on one side of the body, and seizure. It may be mistaken for a stroke.

Learn more about hyperosmolar hyperglycemic state here.

November 13, 2019: Under what circumstances should I check my blood or urine for ketones?

Check for ketones if your blood glucose level is over 250 mg/dl twice in a row, or even only once if you intend to exercise soon.

Learn more about ketones here.