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  • Alternative blood glucose measurements

    The measurement of blood sugar varies from country to country. It is handy to have a means of converting one standard to another. The UK and Canadian standard use mmol/l while the U.S. uses mg/dl. The UK type readings are quite low numbers compared to the U.S. At this site there is a handy converter. http://www.diabetes.co.uk/blood-sugar-converter.html
    Posted to Taking Charge of Type 2 (Forum) by ken hanly on Sat, Jun 30 2012
  • Re: Severe systemic allergic reaction to insulin

    As a previous comment suggests perhaps you should try a different type of insulin. There is also animal insulin as contrasted with the synthetic type. Perhaps you could try that although it is becoming more difficult to get I gather since the market is so small. Cheers, ken
    Posted to Coping with Complications (Forum) by ken hanly on Thu, Jun 21 2012
  • Pills versus insulin to contorl type II

    I changed to using a mix of short and long lasting insulin to control my Type II diabetes several months ago. For years I used pills, plus diet and exercise. As I aged I had to add more pills. I used glyburide, metformin, and then Avandia. Since Avandia increase heart attack risk I eventually stopped using it. However I never found a satisfactory substitute
    Posted to Taking Charge of Type 2 (Forum) by ken hanly on Thu, Jun 21 2012
  • Re: Cold cereals and BG

    I usually have oatmeal with fruit and milk for breakfast. I do not find that I have serious spikes as a result. Of course BG goes up afterwards. My average is well below the target 7 (Canadian system) From time to time I have a bowl of cold cereal with fruit for variety. I always look at labels and choose cold cereals with not too much sugar. I am just
    Posted to Meal Planning (Forum) by ken hanly on Thu, Jun 21 2012
  • Re: Warm low blood sugar, cold high blood sugar

    I have type 2. Until I started taking insulin I had some high BG episodes but never low. When my BG gets high I just feel sleepy. Now I am taking insulin I have low episodes. I start to sweat and am shaky. I get to have a small sweet treat! Whenever I break out in a sweat I test immediately.
    Posted to Taking Charge of Type 2 (Forum) by ken hanly on Thu, Jun 21 2012
  • Re: Can Diabetics Drink Coffee

    Coffee does not contain sugar as far as I know. People put sugar in their coffee and then it has sugar. I take coffee black as milk too has sugar. I think it may increase my BG slightly but not much.
    Posted to Coping with Complications (Forum) by ken hanly on Thu, Jun 21 2012
  • Re: How to inject insulin with pen while suffering from benign tremors.

    I checked at our local pharmacy and it neither has the Needle Aid device nor does the wholesaler it deals with. I can probably get it in a city nearby. However, I had already tried using a technique that I had improvised and used once. I inject through the hole in the middle of a Scotch tape dispenser. It is the same basic idea as the Needle Aid. I
    Posted to Taking Charge of Type 2 (Forum) by ken hanly on Sat, May 19 2012
  • Re: How to inject insulin with pen while suffering from benign tremors.

    Thanks very much for the information. Although this seems to be designed for the blind and people who fear needles it seems as if it should also help for shaking too as some of the testimonials indicate. I will look into it. It is available in Canada too.
    Posted to Taking Charge of Type 2 (Forum) by ken hanly on Fri, May 18 2012
  • How to inject insulin with pen while suffering from benign tremors.

    I am just about eighty and have had type 2 diabetes for decades. A couple of months ago I went on insulin as pills were no longer giving very good control of BG. The insulin seems to be working fine but I am almost always injected by my wife. I suffer from benign tremors (shaking). This makes it difficult for me to inject properly. I have done it but
    Posted to Taking Charge of Type 2 (Forum) by ken hanly on Wed, May 16 2012
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