What is insulin? Types of insulin

03/01/2019 in Health and diabetes

Insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas, that helps to regulate blood glucose level. This hormone is essential to transport and store glucose in cells and helps to use glucose as energy source for the organism.

Insulin acts as a key for allowing glucose to access cells. If glucose cannot enter the cells, it is accumulated in the blood. Continue reading »

Insulin sensitivity or correction factor

22/11/2018 in Health and diabetes

Insulin Sensitivity Factor (ISF) indicates how much one unit of rapid or regular insulin will lower blood glucose (mg/dll or g/mol).

The correction factor, is the calculation to determine the dose of insulin necessary to correct the glycaemia.

The insulin sensitivity factor may vary and be different from one time of day to another even it is possible that significantly varies between disease stages.

When to use insulin correction factor?

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The yesterday and today of diabetes. Insulclock

22/08/2018 in Health and diabetes

We are conscious that yesterday and today of diabetes are not the same. The development of the control and treatment criteria have been very relevant for the management of this disease.

With this new section we are going to travel across the time, sharing with you the diabetes’ evolution during all these years. Week after week, we will add new content with your help. Yes, that is! We want you to help us to fill out this section with before and after photos of diabetes control. Continue reading »

Insulin needles “ARE NOT REUSABLE”

13/08/2018 in Health and diabetes

The Spanish Public Healthcare System finances the insulin needles to insert in the pen. Necessary trips to monitor the glycemia are also financed.

Currently, many people complain that there is not enough resources, but above all else, they are complaining about the bad quality of what the healthcare system delivers. Patients will receive different brands or models depending on patient’s residence. Even in some healthcare centres where economic factor is scarce, they recommend to reuse needles. It is not the first time that a patient is heard complaining because a healthcare centre does not deliver enough needles, and tell him or her to reuse the needle.

It is forbidden by the Spanish law and by European regulation (explicitly written on the product packaging), needles cannot be used more than once, are not reusable. It must be used one new needle for every shot. Continue reading »

Waste management for patients with diabetes

13/08/2018 in Health and diabetes

Living with diabetes implies to acquire daily knowledge on it continuously and this is why it is necessary to obtain a responsible management on this disease.

To be responsible does not only implies to carry out a proper control on glucose levels, moreover person with diabetes has to be aware of other aspects like waste management of things used during the treatment, i.e., drugs and utensils like needles, strips, lancets, etc. Continue reading »

How to know if you are diabetic?

06/02/2018 in Health and diabetes

Diabetes is a silent disease which goes unnoticed in some occasions. In Spain, almost the half of people with type II diabetes, elderly and adults, do not know that they have it. This general ignorance, either by lack of information or lack of consciousness-raising, it is very dangerous for a good track of the diabetes’ treatment, which can lead to fatal consequences, if it is not diagnoses on time and appropriate measures are taken. How to tell if you suffer from this pathology?

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Glucagon, what is it for?

05/02/2018 in Health and diabetes

Glucagon, just like insulin, is a peptide hormone secreted by the pancreas. Its main function is to stimulate the liver to produce glucose, so increasing blood glucose.

It has the opposite effect to the insulin, which decreases blood sugar levels. When blood sugar levels fall too low, pancreas releases glucagon; when blood sugar levels increases, it is stimulated insulin releasing. This is the way to keep glycemia stable. Continue reading »

Glycated hemoglobin and its importance to diabetes

24/01/2018 in Health and diabetes, Uncategorized

We analyze the importance of glycated hemoglobinand its features in the following entry.

What is the glycated hemoglobin?

People who endure diabetes have to monitor the disease in order to avoid the appearance of complications. It may well be the case that physician wants to analyze the blood sugar levels daily, at certain time intervals of the day. There is a medical test what is known as capillary blood glucose. Continue reading »