2 posts tagged “blood glucose monitoring”

Building a True Picture of Diabetes During American Diabetes Month

Posted November 5th, 2012 by

Get a Clearer Picture of Diabetes During American Diabetes Month This November

November is American Diabetes Month, and this year, the American Diabetes Association is working to reshape the understanding of diabetes.  The goal is to raise awareness of the fact that diabetes is life-changing disease with a huge societal impact – and not a minor hindrance, as some people think.

As part of this mission, the ADA is asking patients with type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes to send in a photo that captures what life with diabetes is like.  What are the everyday challenges and considerations?  Help the ADA build a mosaic of the “true picture of diabetes” and CVS will donate a $1 for every photo uploaded, up to $25,000.

Upload Your Photo of Life with Diabetes, and CVS Will Donate $1 for Each Photo.

Another way to get a clearer picture is to consider some of the alarming facts about diabetes, which is projected to affect as many as one in three Americans by 2050:

  • 26 million Americans are currently living with the disease
  • 79 million Americans have prediabetes, putting them at risk for type 2 diabetes
  • Two out of three people with diabetes die from heart attack or stroke
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure and new cases of adult blindness
  • The cost of diabetes is $1 out of every $5 in total healthcare costs

If you are living with diabetes, or you’re at risk for developing it, connect with others like you at PatientsLikeMe.  There are more than 1,000 type 1 diabetes patients and more than 4,700 patients type 2 diabetes patients in our community who are sharing experiences with blood glucose controlsymptoms, treatments and more.

How do they evaluate common medications such as Metformin and Insulin Glargine?  How many have undergone a kidney transplant?  Who’s taking part in a diabetes-related clinical trial?  Exchange knowledge and support with those facing many of the same struggles as you.

A Snapshot of the Type 2 Diabetes Community at PatientsLikeMe

For an in-depth picture of a family affected by diabetes, check out our interview with kidney transplant recipient Michael Burke.

New Feature for Diabetes Patients – Monitor Your Blood Glucose

Posted January 6th, 2012 by

A few weeks ago, we launched a new blood glucose feature, which allows members with diabetes to record and monitor the concentration of glucose in their blood on a daily basis.  Here’s a look at the resulting profile chart:

The Blood Glucose Profile Chart at PatientsLikeMe

In a recent PatientsLikeMe Poll, 88% of responding diabetes patients said they have a goal for control of their blood glucose.  Many of you on the site have told us before how important it is for you to monitor your blood glucose to treat your diabetes.  With this new tool, you can now easily input your blood glucose levels as often as you’d like—even noting the exact time the test was taken—and see your results over time on your PatientsLikeMe profile.

The glucose chart (pictured above) displays which readings fell outside of the normal range, which is also known as hyperglycemia (when the blood glucose level is too high) or hypoglycemia (when the blood glucose level is too low).  We know some of you are already monitoring hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia on your profiles, but we’re glad that you can now record to what extent your blood glucose levels were out of range.

Were you already monitoring your HbA1c lab results (a test that measures blood glucose control over time) via your profile?  Thanks to the most recent site improvements, you can now drag and drop your labs to view your blood glucose levels and HbA1c results side-by-side.

Do you want to get a better picture of what’s going on with your health, spot trends and, ultimately, take control of your diabetes? Join the PatientsLikeMe diabetes community today to monitor your blood glucose levels and other factors relevant to your health.  If you’re already a member, visit the new Labs & Tests page to add this new feature (or one of our other new labs) to your profile.

PatientsLikeMe member Jeanette DeVita