Drugs known as sodium-glucose co-transporter-2 inhibitors, or SGLT2 inhibitors, are a new class of oral medications that are used for treating patients with type 2 diabetes. These medications have been approved since 2013, and they are to be taken once a day to help the kidneys lower glucose levels in the blood. Their use has been associated with improved glycemic control, weight loss, and lowering the risk of hypoglycemia.
If you're a smartphone user and have noticed a lot more apps pushing you to be fit, it's not just your imagination. According to Google, which looked at information from its online store, health and fitness applications were its quickest-growing category of 2014.
It always surprises me how little the general population knows about diabetes. After 20 years with Type 1 diabetes, it shouldn’t, but it still does. I was at a funeral the other day and one of the gentlemen there was interested in learning about diabetes. His mother had lived with diabetes which I think prompted his curiosity. Some of his questions really surprised me.
Diabetes self-care is much more fun when I'm happy. It's so much easier when I have a smile on my face. For a long time I thought negative emotions could be controlled or denied. I thought I could just put on a smile and they would go away. But they didn't.
Here's a little secret for those of you looking to eat right: Fast food restaurants don't have to be your enemy. That's right, those brightly lit temples paying tributes to burgers, and fries, and nuggets can provide decent meals if you're in a rush. The key, as always, is to be careful and informed about the choices you make.
Walking down the aisle of our church, I held onto my Dad's arm and tried to breathe deeply, but the flutters in my stomach and beads of sweat sliding down the back of my legs made me wonder if my blood sugar was dropping. When I reached the front of the church, I took my future husband's hands and saw that he was shaking too. I breathed a sigh of relief and realized it was just nerves.
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