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Author Topic: New State-of-Art A1c In-Home Test Device by Bayers

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Post New State-of-Art A1c In-Home Test Device by Bayers
on: February 10, 2012, 04:59

New state-of-art A1c in-home test device by Bayer’s

Bayer’s new product, A1CNow SELFCHECK at-home kit is now available at more than 30,000 pharmacies in US. It is intend for interim check between physician visits. The monitor with this device will enable patients to alert their healthcare team if A1c not decreasing, but increasing instead, before regular scheduled physician visits. Such an early intervention will save lives. The kit checks the hemoglobin A1c over time, thus, more reliable. Measuring the success of combined regimen of diabetes management is important with A1c test: 1% drop in A1c could reduce diabetes-related complications by as much as 40%.

What is A1c.

Mayo Clinic website defined A1C as

<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>The A1C test is a common blood test used to diagnose type 1 and type 2 diabetes and then to </span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>gauge</span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”> how well you’re managing your diabetes. The A1C test goes by many other names, including </span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>glycated</span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”> hemoglobin, </span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>glycosylated</span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”> hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1C and </span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>HbA</span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>1c.</span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”> </span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>The A1C test result reflects your average blood sugar level for the past two to three months. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (</span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>glycated</span><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>). The higher your A1C level, the poorer your blood sugar control. And if you have previously diagnosed diabetes, the higher the A1C level, the higher your risk of diabetes complications.</span>

Eight ways to reduce A1c
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<li>Follow the instructions from your health care team for overall life style change.</li>
<li>Hire a diabetes educator as your coach.</li>
<li>Practice, eat-right and sleep-better principles (see 90 days diabetes calender by DDP).</li>
<li>Discuss questions about your diabetes medications with your pharmacist.</li>
<li>Seek stress-decreasing activities, exercise, meditate, and read motivational books.</li>
<li>Be spiritual, attend church, synagogue, or other religious sanctuaries.</li>
<li>Join diabetes support group locally.</li>
<li>Join a diabetes cruise clinic.</li>

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  1. Myth #1: Carbohydrates are bad for you.

    All carbohydrates aren’t alike. Easily digested carbohydrates, such as those from white bread and white rice, if eaten often and in large quantities, may add to weight gain. But carbohydrates are also found in fruits, vegetables, beans, and dairy products; and these deliver essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Diabetes carbohydrates also give your body energy and help keep organs functioning properly.

    A system called the glycemic index measures how fast and how far blood sugar rises after you eat a food with carbohydrates. White rice, for example, is almost immediately converted to blood sugar (glucose), causing it to rise rapidly, and so has a high glycemic index. Whole grain bread is digested more slowly, making blood sugar climb more slowly and not as high. It has a low glycemic index. Whenever possible, select carbohydrates that is whole grain, such as whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta, and old fashioned oats.

    Myth #2. Vegetables mainly add fiber to your diabetic diet foods.

    Vegetables are excellent sources of fiber and they supply vitamins and minerals, with very few calories. Orange vegetables like carrots, and dark leafy greens, such as spinach and collards, are good sources of vitamin A, an important nutrient to keep your eyesight keen, your skin healthy, and your immune system strong. Broccoli, pepper, and tomatoes are full of vitamin C, which promotes healing and keeps keep ligaments, tendons, and gums healthy. And beans and lentils supply potassium, which enables the body to convert blood sugar into glycogen, a stored form of energy that’s held in reserve by the muscles and liver.

    Myth #3: To get calcium in your diabetic diet, you have to consume dairy products.

    Milk, yogurt, and cheese are rich in calcium, which is important for building and protecting bones, Calcium Sources but they’re not the only sources of this mineral. Today, many foods are fortified with calcium, including orange juice, soy milk, breads, and cereals. Other nondairy sources of calcium are canned salmon and sardines with bones, collard greens, broccoli, and almonds. If you find it difficult to get enough calcium from your diet, you can also take calcium and glucose supplements.
    Food for Type 2 Diabetes – Nutrition Mythbusters

    Myth #4: Meat, chicken, and fish are the best sources of protein.

    Foods with protein help your body build muscle and tissue, and provide diabetes vitamins and minerals. Animal sources—meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products–have what’s called complete protein, that is, they contain all the amino acids needed to build new proteins. Proteins from fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts are called incomplete proteins—they’re missing one or more amino acids. But animal sources of protein have their drawbacks: red meat and poultry skin are high in fat, especially saturated fat (a healthy diabetic diet plan should have less than 10% of calories from saturated fat). If you eat meat, stick to lean cuts, chicken with the skin removed, and fish. If you want to try vegetable sources of protein, try beans, nuts, and whole grains.

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