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Your Eyes Are Two Good Reasons To Take Care Of Your Diabetes 

  Managing diabetes can be complex, but it should not mean missing out on the good things in life, like watching a sunset or reading a book. Keeping blood glucose levels within range can help prevent complications such as those that affect your eyes. Over time, diabetes may cause damage to the eyes which can lead to poor vision or even blindness. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common complication of diabetes and affects one third of people living with diabetes.1   RISK FACTOR Beyond poorly managed diabetes, smoking, high blood...

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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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  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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  Be On Target

Every person with diabetes should be treated according to their individual needs, hence you and your doctor will agree on an acceptable blood glucose (blood sugar) target range that will suit your therapy needs. If you do not know what is a target range for you, there are general guidelines for people with diabetes you can refer to. Below are the blood glucose target ranges recommended by our Malaysia’s Ministry of Health (MOH):   ...

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  Learning From Your Blood Glucose Results

  It's likely that your healthcare team has talked to you about the importance of checking your blood glucose (blood sugar). But many people don't realize just how much valuable information they can obtain from their blood glucose results. Blood glucose monitoring shows how your body handles the food you eat, how exercise affects those glucose levels and how the medication you are taking is working—as well as letting you know if your body has the fuel it needs throughout the day. Such information is essential to anyone who self-manages their diabetes. It's important to know that keeping...

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