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Diabetes Myths: Ten Things You Should Know

Diabetes Myths: Ten Things You Should Know

August 01, 2020

There are a number of myths about diabetes that are commonly reported as facts.

Sometimes it’s tricky to separate fact from fiction. We’re here to help set the record straight.

Diabetes Skips A Generation

Not everyone who gets diabetes inherits it; you may have no relatives with diabetes or several. Diabetes doesn’t skip a generation, nor are you more likely to get it from your mother or father. Your genetics and your lifestyle contribute to your risk for diabetes.

Do Not Eat Carrots

Like all vegetables, carrots are carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are part of a healthy diet and give you the energy, vitamins, and minerals your body needs to function. All carbohydrates affect your blood sugar the same way, whether you are eating carbohydrates in bread, pasta, sugar, or vegetables. Three cups of uncooked and 1.5 cup of cooked carrots will raise your blood sugar the same as 1 slice of bread.

I Only Have Borderline Diabetes

There really is no such thing as borderline diabetes. You either have diabetes, pre-diabetes, or no diabetes. A fasting blood sugar greater than 126 mg/dL on more than one occasionis considered diabetes. A fasting blood sugar of 110-125 mg/dL on more than one occasion is considered pre-diabetes. Having prediabetes puts you at a heightened risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

You Can’t Prevent Getting Diabetes

We have learned recently that you can prevent diabetes at any age. In fact, losing a modest amount of weight (5-10% of your total weight), being moderately active (walking or doing other forms of exercise for 150 minutes per week) can delay or prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes.

Do Not Use Herbal or Natural Remedies for Diabetes

The most natural of remedies is eating a healthy diet and exercising. Medically proven information shows that both meal planning and physical activity help lower your blood sugar levels. Combining your prescribed medicines with a meal plan and physical activity is the best way to lower your levels. It is true that some herbal or other products can work against diabetes medications, raising your blood sugar. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if any of your medicines or health problems could be affected by herbal or natural remedies.

Insulin Causes Complications, Such as Amputations, Impotence or Death

Some people who take insulin develop complications from diabetes, but the complications aren’t caused by insulin. Keeping your blood sugar near the normal range by taking a pill or using insulin, helps you live a long, healthy life. Many people believe that once you start taking insulin, you can never stop. While this used to be true, insulin on the market today is better than the past.

You Can’t Stop Taking Insulini

Some people with Type 2 diabetes are able to stop taking insulin if they lose weight, start exercising, or their physical and/or emotional stress becomes better.

Soak Your Feet in Vinegar Every Day

Many years ago, people with diabetes were told to soak their feet every day in vinegar. We know now that soaking with vinegar and other products can make your skin dry, causing cracks in the skin where bacteria can enter.

My Blood Sugar is Less than 250 – I am Fine!

Isn’t that “normal” for me? Not really. Your usual blood sugar isn’t the same as normal blood sugar. Just because your blood sugar is usually high or you don’t notice any symptoms, doesn’t’ necessarily mean your body isn’t affected by those levels.

My Children won’t Get Diabetes Until They Are Adults

Unfortunately, more young people are diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It is caused by a combination of being overweight, getting less exercise, and family genetics. You can help your children and grandchildren prevent diabetes by encouraging them to maintain a health weight and stay physically active.

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What is a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)?

What is a Continuous Glucose Monitor (CGM)?

July 20, 2020

A CGM system is a small, wearable device that measures glucose levels throughout the day and night, providing measurements ever few minutes and creating trend lines 24/7. The device works by inserting a sensor under the skin, which is doable at home. The constant stream of information gives you vital information to use when making decisions about how to manage your blood sugar.

CGMs include a sensor and reader/receiver, and some systems also require a transmitter. Typically, you can wear a sensor for 10-14 days, depending on the manufacturer’s FDA approval. The reader/receiver displays and stores your glucose data so you can download readings, review history, and identify glucose trends.

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Available Now: Dexcom G6 Covered by Medicare

Available Now: Dexcom G6 Covered by Medicare

July 06, 2019

Always know your glucose number and where it’s headed with The Dexcom G6® therapeutic continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) System! Now, this system is covered under Medicare for people with diabetes on intensive insulin therapy who meet the eligibility criteria.

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Ready To Upgrade From The Dexcom G5 To The Dexcom G6?

Get started today with the Dexcom G6 – a mobile CGM system including customizable alerts that allow you to make more informed decisions about your diabetes management by providing real-time glucose readings sent right to your smart device! Features of the Dexcom G6 System include:

No calibration required – No need to calibrate with a blood glucose meter, eliminating the need for fingersticks.

Long-life sensor – Approved for up to 10 days of use.

Sensor insertion with auto-applicator – Insert the sensor with the push of a button.

Urgent alerts – Receive a 20-minute advance warning of a potential severe hypoglycemic event.

Alert schedules – Alerts can be customized for two periods of time within 24 hours (i.e., day and night schedules).

Slim, water-resistant sensor – The new, slim sensor is water-resistant and can be submerged under 8 feet of water for up to 24 hours when installed properly.

No fingersticks – The Dexcom G6 eliminates fingersticks for calibration and diabetes treatment decisions.

Share your glucose data – Use the Dexcom Share feature available in the Dexcom G6 CGM app to provide your real-time glucose data with up to 10 followers.

Gain Control Of Diabetes With The Dexcom G6 System Today!

If you’re interested in the Dexcom G6 for Medicare, our team of Diabetes Care experts is standing by! We’ll walk you through every step of the process, from obtaining the right paperwork from your doctor and your insurance to shipping the product and setting up reorders for supplies.

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