At the Children with Diabetes convention at DisneyWorld in July Dr. Irl Hirsch announced that a new Accu-Chek device is the first good way that we have to measure glycemic variability, because it incorporates new low and high blood glucose indices. It’s a big step forward, but the product’s developer tells me that what it offers is something else.
Now I know why so many diabetes specialists hold Irl Hirsch in such high esteem. Dr. Hirsch knows diabetes. He is an endocrinologist who has had diabetes since he was 6 years old. He is also a professor at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle and directs its Diabetes Care Center.
The high point of the second day of the American Diabetes Association convention in Chicago has been not something I learned about diabetes in general. It is instead what I learned about myself.
As winter sets in and as the season of gluttony arrives, three studies in November issues of scientific journals appropriately focus on the benefits of exercise. It’s none too soon for me since I haven’t hit the trail for two weeks.
We don’t know yet if not getting enough sleep causes high blood glucose or if high blood glucose causes us not to get enough sleep. But a new study shows for the first time that too little or poor sleep does go along with higher A1C levels.
When I learned about the glycemic index right after I got my diabetes diagnosis a dozen years ago, it seemed so logical. It still seems to me that it is the most logical and sensible way for people with diabetes to eat.
That’s why I have such a hard time understanding why so many people think that it is hard to follow.