Diabetes Do’s For A Healthy Lifestyle

Diabetes Do’s For A Healthy Lifestyle


HI, I’m Dr. Jeremy Pettus, endocrinologist at the University of California, San Diego, and I wanted to talk to you a little bit about a new tool in monitoring diabetes. For people living with diabetes it’s extremely important for them to monitor their blood sugar regularly because they use that information to make many decisions including what foods to eat, their activity levels, to the medications they’re taking. All these important things to keep themselves healthy. But there can be Barrie’s associated with checking your blood sugar, and one of those is that people might not always know what the result of blood sugar testing means. So for example they might not know the difference between a blood sugar of 125 and 195 and if they need to take any action. This can be particularly important when there is low blood sugar. It’s a dangerous situation that does require immediate attention. Thankfully we are starting to apply what we know about how people process information into medical technology. So far example there is a new blood glucose meter called the One Touch Verio Flex that uses color to help people understand the results. So when people test their blood sugar they get a color like blue, green or red that will indicate whether they are low or high. It is customizable for each patient with their healthcare provider. It’s a simple, easy-to-use meter but for people that want a little bit more the meter actually comes with built in Bluetooth technology so when a patient tests it wirelessly syncs the information to their smartphone, either an Apple or an Android device and stores it in an app. When the patients clicks on an app they can immediately see an overview of how their blood sugars are doing, they can identify patterns, look at averages, and they can actually share this information with their healthcare provider. This is much easier than requiring the patient to log the information into a logbook like we used to do. In terms of the advice I would give people living with diabetes, as an endocrinologist, diabetes specialist and someone living with Type 1 diabetes for over twenty years I really can’t emphasize how important education surrounding diabetes is. And I urge people to get involved with numerous online communities or in person communities to get more education about the disease and to join the diabetes community. For example, I work for a not-for-profit organization called Taking Control of Your Diabetes that puts on national conferences to give information on education and empowerment directly to the people living with the disease. For more information on these topics and taking control of your diabetes, you can to to TCOYD.org and for more information on the meter I mentioned, the One Touch Verio Flex go to onetouch.com. Thank you.

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