Diabetic Digest - May 25, 2016
One of the enemies of the diabetic, especially in the summertime, is none other than dehydration.
When humidity starts getting to me I noticed that my water intake increases quite a bit, but my urinary output becomes less frequent. What's going on?
In conditions such as this make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. I know I've said this before, but it's important to remember. You don't often feel dehydrated until it's too late. Make sure you keep cool, drink fluids frequently and keep a close eye on your blood sugar.
Just a little reminder. I don't want to sound like a nag, I want you to enjoy the summer. Just make sure that you are healthy and safe.
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Blood test detects undiagnosed diabetes in hospital patients
WASHINGTON - More than half of hospital patients with high blood sugar and no known history of diabetes were found to have the condition after being given a standard test for it, researchers found in a recent study.
Researchers at Touro University and Ohio University found a high rate of missed diabetes diagnoses were caught in the hospital, which they say suggests changes to hospital protocol and increased screening for the condition is necessary.
The HbA1C test is used to measure average blood glucose level over the previous 8 to 12 weeks. Often, it detects hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar -- which can be ascribed to physiologic stress, illness or medications.
Hyperglycemia is often detected in hospital patients during treatment for conditions such as sepsis or heart attack, and the recent study showing a high proportion of these patients having diabetes or prediabetes suggests there is more doctors can do.
"We are missing opportunities to detect diabetes and initiate treatment for those patients to help manage that disease, which can reduce their long-term cost of care and disease burden," Dr. Jay Shubrook, a researcher at Touro University California, said in a press release.
For the study, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, the researchers reviewed medical records for 348 hospital patients with hyperglycemia in the hospital.
Of the 50 that had no known history of diabetes, 31 were given HbA1c tests. Six patients had levels consistent with prediabetes and 18 had levels consistent with diabetes, with 17 -- more than half -- diagnosed with the condition before hospital discharge. Two patients not given an HbA1c test also were diagnosed with diabetes before discharge.
"From the osteopathic perspective of early detection equals better outcomes, it's easy to make a case for hospital protocols to trigger an HbA1C test when hyperglycemia is detected to distinguish between transient hyperglycemia and chronic disease," Shubrook said.
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WHITE SALSA DIPPER
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
juice from 3 limes
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 cups finely chopped cilantro
6-ounce can black olives (pitted), drained and chopped
1 1/2 cups green onions, finely chopped
5 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
pepper to taste
In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise and sour cream, mixing well. Add lime juice, garlic, cilantro, black olives, scallions, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings for personal preference. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving to allow flavors to blend. Serve with tortilla chips.
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