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 Your Feet Are Two Good Reasons to Take Your Diabetes Seriously 

  Managing diabetes can be complex, but it shouldn’t mean missing out on the good things in life, like feeling the scrunchy sand under your feet, dipping your feet surf, long hikes in the park with your family. Keeping blood glucose levels within range can help prevent complications such as those that affect your feet1. High blood glucose can cause nerve damage (neuropathy) especially in the limbs (example both legs and feet). In addition, poor circulation caused by diabetes may lead to more serious problems like diabetic foot ulcer and infections and even deformity of the feet...

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  A Carb Is a Carb

A lot of people with diabetes believed that if they cut out candy and sugary foods, they'd be able to manage their blood glucose (blood sugar). Now we know that all carbohydrates, in short known as carbs—rice, noodles, bread, cakes and candy alike—cause your blood glucose to rise. So really, when it comes to managing blood glucose levels, what's the difference between a serving of cake and a serving of rice?   15 grams of carbs = 15 grams of carbs, right? Since your body doesn't really distinguish between carb sources, 15 grams of carbs from a cake can cause your blood glucose...

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Introduction to Self-Monitoring of Blood Glucose (SMBG)

SMBG is a blood glucose (blood sugar) monitoring procedure performed by people with diabetes on themselves or by their care taker. Taking SMBG another step further, your doctor may have recommended you to perform such monitoring in a Structured Testing way.   Structured Testing. Structured testing means checking your blood glucose at a specific time of the day or before or after an event (such as exercise, food, etc.) over a period of time. There are different ways to perform structured testing,...

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  When To Test Your Blood Glucose?

  Your doctor would have advised you on when to test your blood glucose (blood sugar). In addition, below is the recommended frequency of blood glucose testing by Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH)1. Mode of Treatment Breakfast Lunch...

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  HbA1c Test Goals

An HbA1c result tells you your average level of blood glucose (blood sugar) over the past 2 to 3 months. It measures the percentage of hemoglobin A1c in the red blood cells which have glucose attached to them. However, it is important to note that HbA1c will not provide you any information about high or low results nor help you with identifying any day to day patterns. It has been noted that some people with diabetes falsify their blood glucose results in their diary in order to keep their healthcare professional “happy” but HbA1c will easily uncover the true situation.   What Is Hemoglobin...

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Physical Activity During Ramadhan

Physical activities need to be adjusted during Ramadan. The following are recommended: Light and moderate activities/ exercise on a regular basis. Avoid strenuous activities/ exercise during daytime because of the risk of low blood glucose level. The timing of exercise is preferably performed 1-2 hours after the break of fast. Performance of Tarawih prayers is a form of physical activity.   Definition: Mild activities         : 35 - 50 % of a person's maximum...

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  Protect Your Heart, Control Your Blood Glucose Level

  Persistent high blood glucose (blood sugar) levels can lead to diabetes related complications such as kidney disease, eye disease, numbness and weakness of hands and legs, but heart diseases have topped it all1. Action to be taken. The Ministry of Health (MOH) Malaysia recommends keeping control of your blood glucose...

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  Newly diagnosed? Here’s what to do now.

It’s never easy to be diagnosed with diabetes. You may wonder, “Why is this happening?” and may fear the unknown. It’s common to blame yourself and worry about what others will think of you. What’s most important is that you acknowledge all of your emotions as they come and go, resolve to deal with them, and understand that you are not alone.   The first step in taking control of your health after a diagnosis is making an appointment with your primary healthcare provider (or endocrinologist, or diabetes nurse, etc.), and finding out everything you can about your diabetes. To start, you should find out:...

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  3 Tips for A Healthier Plate

Your environment influences your ability to manage your diabetes. Willpower alone isn’t enough if temptation crosses your path over and over again. Follow these three simple steps to enjoy foods you like without breaking your meal plan.   Step 1: Keep off-limit food off your plate. Clean out your refrigerator and get rid of snacks that can ruin your meal plan. Also take a look at fast-food temptations. Is walking by the fried food vendor a tough challenge? Take another route instead of testing your resolve with that aroma. Step 2: Rate your plate....

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