One million Canadians will have dementia in fifteen years

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Re: One million Canadians will have dementia in fifteen year

Postby Silverstarqueen » Feb 5th, 2018, 3:04 pm

rustled wrote:Thanks for this.

Do you know, is there a readily available monitor for blood sugars that doesn't involve needles?

A glucometer is the simplest, cheapest and most effective, but it does involve a tiny needle. If you aren't actually diabetic, you don't even have to use it for more than about a week. You will quickly find out, if you have a blood sugar problem, simply by testing an hour after a meal. You will find, if your pancreas is in early stages of failure, that your blood sugar goes up when you eat any carbs (faster and higher for sugars, fruit, juices). Then you can eliminate, or seriously cut back carbs, and substitute more protein and fat (the protein is very important). The reason extra protein is important is that your body can convert excess protein to blood glucose when needed, but it won't cause the spike that sugar and carbs do. Hypothetically you could make all the dietary changes without ever doing a blood test, but doing the test, and seeing your blood sugar go up with a simple whole wheat bread sandwich is definitely a motivational tool. Without that feedback, most people will eventually start "cheating" on the diet and reverting to eating breads, cereals, sugars, fruit, and of course blood sugar will not be controlled. Also, if you actually do develop diabetes, without a blood sugar check after meals at least occasionally, you will never realize it until it is too late. There are usually no obvious symptoms until it is advanced.

I think there are monitors now which do not involve a needle, but they are probably rather expensive at this point, and are not as accurate as the finger prick test.

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