Hope’s d-Nav Journey
Hope has been using d-Nav consistently for nearly a year. She credits a new-found therapy adherence to d-Nav’s ease of use and provider support.Read More
Autonomous Insulin Dose Adjustments: A Game-Changer in Type 2 Diabetes Care
Diabetes affects more than 37 million people in the U.S. and increases their risk of early death by 60%.1 Numerous clinical studies show that the maintenance of glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) at about 7% prevents complications, slows the disease progression, and prevents premature death. Despite advances in pharmacotherapy, most patients with long-standing type 2 diabetes progress…Read More
What HbA1c level do I need to aim for?
If you have diabetes, you have most likely heard that you should aim for an HbA1c measure of 7 percent or lower. But what does this really mean? HbA1c is a measure of average glucose over a period of about 2-3 months. It essentially evaluates how much glucose binds to your hemoglobin. Since red blood…Read More
What to pay attention to if you’re newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes
If you were just diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may wonder what you need to know. The answer is not simple. Diabetes is a complex disease that changes its course over time. Here are the key points that would be useful to know when you are newly diagnosed. First, it is not your fault,…Read More
If I have type 2 diabetes, will I ever be able to stop taking insulin?
Diabetes is a condition of insulin deficiency. This means the pancreas does not secrete enough insulin. Most patients with type 2 diabetes will require insulin injections at some point. There are two situations in which insulin therapy is initiated. First, surrounding the diagnosis of type 2 diabetes and second, when the patient has had diabetes…Read More
Designer insulins versus human insulins; what is the difference between the two?
Insulin is a natural hormone that is secreted by the pancreas in two different ways. The first way, called ‘basal insulin’, is a constant secretion of the hormone at a low level. The second way is called ‘bolus insulin’. This happens when we eat, and the pancreas secretes surges of insulin to help transport the…Read More
What does it mean when insulin requirements change?
Most patients with type 2 diabetes require insulin injections at some point due to the expected progression of their insulin deficiency. However, the number of units that they need per day varies. Sometimes, people mistakenly think that their diabetes is getting worse when the amount of daily insulin they need increases. But that couldn’t be…Read More
Intermittent fasting: Good for type 2 diabetes?
For decades, different dietary interventions have emerged claiming to help individuals lose weight. Some have been proposed to also improve patients’ diabetes control. Over the past few years, intermittent fasting has become a popular weight loss trend. While there are a variety of plans, essentially intermittent fasting involves restriction of energy intake for several days…Read More
Most of the 30 million patients with type 2 diabetes in the United States have used metformin during the early stages of their disease. It is an oral medication used as first-line drug for type 2 diabetes. What is metformin? Metformin is a synthetic modification of a molecule from the herb Galega officinalis, which has been…Read More
Five Diabetes Myths That Must Go!
In my 16 years as a certified diabetes educator, I’ve worked with many people newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and their families. There is much they don’t know about this complicated disease and much to be learned as we separate fact from fiction. Often, my patients blame themselves and feel guilt or shame with…Read More