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Diabetes FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about diabetes or other blood glucose disorder.

This FAQ about diabetes or other blood glucose disorder was compiled and written by Edward Reid edward@paleo.org with numerous contributions by others.

Copyright 1993-2003 by Edward Reid. Re-use beyond the fair use provisions of copyright law and convention requires the author's permission.

Advice given in m.h.d is *never* medical advice. That includes this FAQ. Never substitute advice from the net for a physician's care. Diabetes is a critical health topic and you should always consult your physician or personally understand the ramifications before taking any therapeutic action based on advice found here or elsewhere on the net.

-01 Where's the FAQ? (misc.health.diabetes)
This FAQ attempts to answer the questions which have been most ...
-02 What's this newsgroup like? (misc.health.diabetes)
Posting topics range through emotional support, treatment techniques,...
-03 Abuse of the newsgroup (misc.health.diabetes)
As mentioned above, a few participants believe that name-calling and ...
-04 The newsgroup charter (misc.health.diabetes)
The actual charter which led to the creation of the newsgroup in May ...
-05 Newsgroup posting guidelines (misc.health.diabetes)
The following posting guidelines were adopted by a vote of m.h.d ...
-06 What is glucose? What does "bG" mean?
Glucose is a specific form of sugar, one of the simplest. It is the ...
-07 What are mg/dl and mmol/l? How to convert? Glucose? Cholesterol?
There are two main methods of describing concentrations: by weight, ...
-08 What is c-peptide? What do c-peptide levels mean?
Thanks to Andrew Torres for this section....
-09 What's type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and gestational diabetes?
The term diabetes mellitus comes from Greek words for flow and honey,...
-10 Is it OK to discuss diabetes insipidus here? What is it?
Diabetes insipidus (DI) results from abnormalities in the production ...
-11 How about discussing hypoglycemia?
To clarify: the term hypoglycemia is used to refer to two ...
-12 Helping with the diagnosis (DM or hypoglycemia) and waiting
Diagnosis of marginal type 2 diabetes, and even more so ...
-13 Exercise and insulin
Charles Coughran contributed this section....
-14 How accurate is my (blood glucose) meter?
bG (blood glucose) meters are not as accurate as the readings you get ...
-15 Ouch! The cost of blood glucose measurement strips hurts my wallet!
The cost of blood glucose measurement strips is a complex ...
-16 What do meters cost? (blood glucose measurement)
The flip side of expensive blood glucose measurement strips is ...
-17 Comparing blood glucose meters
Here are three ways of getting a list of the specs for most ...
-18 How can I download data from my meter? (blood glucose measurement)
You can get a cable to hook the One Touch II and Profile meters to a ...
-19 I've heard of a non-invasive bG meter -- the Dream Beam?
***The following information is incomplete, as another company has ...
-20 What's HbA1c and what's it mean?
Hb = hemoglobin, the compound in the red blood cells that ...
-21 Why is interpreting HbA1c values tricky?
Interpreting HbA1c values is tricky for several reasons: differing ...
-22 Who determined the HbA1c reaction rates and the consequences?
In the early 1980s, Henrik Mortensen and colleagues at ...
-23 HbA1c by mail
You may find it cheaper and/or more convenient to have your ...
-24 Why is my morning bg high? What are dawn phenomenon, rebound, and Somogyi effect?
This section is written by Charles Coughran ....
-25 My diabetic father isn't taking care of himself. What can I do?
We'll assume your father has type 2 diabetes. See separate section ...
-26 Managing adolescence, including the adult forms (diabetes)
Adolescents have special problems in managing diabetes. These include ...
-27 So-and-so eats sugar! Isn't that poison for diabetics?
This is asked from both sides: the non-diabetic who doesn't ...
-28 Insulin nomenclature
The major types of insulin have both generic designations and brand ...
-29 What is Humalog / LysPro / lispro / ultrafast insulin?
Except as otherwise noted, this info comes from an article on p396 of ...
-30 Travelling with insulin
Insulin does not need to be kept cold....
-31 Injectors: Syringe and lancet reuse and disposal (diabetes)
Disposable syringes can be safely reused as long as you take ...
-32 Injectors: Pens (diabetes)
A pen injector is a device that holds a small vial of insulin and ...
-33 Injectors: Jets (diabetes)
A jet injector uses no needles, but instead squirts the substance ...
-34 Insulin pumps
An insulin pump provides a Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion, or CSII,...
-35 Type 1 cures -- beta cell implants (diabetes)
Beta cells can be isolated and implanted, requiring only outpatient ...
-36 Type 1 cures -- pancreas transplants (diabetes)
Whole pancreas transplants have the same rejection problems as ...
-37 Type 2 cures -- barely a dream (diabetes)
The treatments described in the preceding sections apply only to type ...
-38 What's a glycemic index? How can I get a GI table for foods?
The glycemic index, or GI, is a measure of how a given food ...
-39 Should I take a chromium supplement?
The short answer is no. I'll quote the ADA's longer answer, from the ...
-40 Does falling blood glucose feel like hypoglycemia?
Sometimes. Symptoms of hypoglycemia are divided into the adrenergic and ...
-41 Alcohol and Diabetes
This section provided by Peter Stockwell ....
-42 Necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum
Necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum (NLD) consists of oval plaques, usually ...
-43 Has anybody heard of frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)?
Short answers: adhesive capsulitis, aka frozen shoulder, is a ...
-44 Gastroparesis
J K Drummond (no longer on the net, but well) contributed this section....
-45 Extreme insulin resistance
Mayer Davidson writes several pages about insulin resistance in ...
-46 What is pycnogenol? Where and how is it sold?
All sections on pycnogenol are written by Laura Clift ....
-47 What claims do the sales pitches make for pycnogenol?
Written by Laura Clift....
-48 What's the real published scientific knowledge about pycnogenol?
Written by Laura Clift. (refs) point to pycnogenol references section....
-49 How reliable is the literature cited by the pycnogenol ads?
Written by Laura Clift....
-50 What's the bottom line on pycnogenol?
Written by Laura Clift. (refs) point to pycnogenol references section....
-51 Pycnogenol references
Written by Laura Clift. This is the section to which the (refs) point....
-52 Online resources: diabetes-related newsgroups
On the Usenet, the misc.health.diabetes newsgroup carries most of ...
-53 Online resources: diabetes-related mailing lists
Several public electronic mailing lists have diabetes-related content. ...
-54 Online resources: commercial services (diabetes)
Most of the information here comes from David Cohler , ...
-55 Online resources: FTP (diabetes)
Demon Internet Services, a UK service provider, donated FTP space ...
-56 Online resources: World Wide Web (diabetes)
I list a few excellent starting points for diabetes information on ...
-57 Online resources: other (diabetes)
Most online resources previously available via other means are ...
-58 Where can I mail order XYZ? (diabetes)
XYZ is most often blood glucose measurement strips, especially for those ...
-59 How can I contact the American Diabetes Association (ADA) ?
The ADA has local offices in many cities. Check your local phone book first....
-60 How can I contact the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF) ?
Check your phone book for a local office, or call 1-800-533-2873....
-61 How can I contact the British Diabetic Association (BDA) ?
The British Diabetic ...
-62 How can I contact the Canadian Diabetes Association (CDA) ?
The CDA has local offices in many cities. Check your local phone book first....
-63 What about diabetes organizations outside North America?
I can't list them unless someone sends me the information....
-64 How can I contact the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)?
UNOS (United Network of Organ Sharing) has a variety of ...
-65 Could you recommend some good reading? (diabetes)
You mean to curl up with on the sofa? Oh, diabetes ... OK....
-66 Could you recommend some good magazines? (diabetes)
Diabetes Interview is a popular monthly tabloid with a variety of ...
-67 What is the DCCT? What are the results?
The Diabetes Control and Complications Trial was a large multi-...
-68 More details about the DCCT
The study placed subjects into two cohorts, primary prevention ...









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