The Accu-Chek Academy contains information specifically for healthcare professionals that have a keen interest in diabetes management.
Join now to receive information on diabetes related news, tools to enable structured self-monitoring of blood glucose, exclusive offers, and more! This section is for under 18's and contains a great interactive tool to help you and your family learn more about diabetes. Register now and receive additional benefits from Accu-Chek, including news, information, updates and more. The Accu-Chek Structured Self-Monitoring blood glucose Diary is designed to help people with diabetes and health care professionals focus on achieving quality results in their diabetes management1.The Accu-Chek blood glucose diary guides you to record your blood glucose in a structured manner helping you understand and manage your diabetes.
Watch the video series for more information on how structured self-monitoring can help guide you and your healthcare team to adjust the many parts of your therapy. Your blood glucose changes throughout the day depending on different factors, such as eating, exercise, medication or illness.
The diary has fields so you can record your blood glucose, insulin units, meal size and activity awareness.
By recording something like a meal size, it may assist you in understanding what caused a sudden rise or drop in your blood glucose levels. Step 5: Circle the number you think is right for the amount of physical activity you had been doing.
Step 6: Finally, in the comments column you can record any dietary changes, illness, type of hypos and note any significant changes to your body, your routine or the way you feel. In the second section of the Accu-Chek blood glucose diary, you have the opportunity to complete the Accu-Chek 360 View 3-day profile. Testing before you eat will tell you about the effect your medication has on your blood glucose, while testing 2 hours after you eat tells you about the effect of your meal.
To complete the Accu-Chek 360 View 3 day profile tool, it is very similar to the front section in the diary. Step 8: Graph your blood glucose level (from Step 3) by placing an X in the corresponding row of the chart. By self-monitoring your blood glucose you can measure how your body handles different types of food, exercise, medication, stress and illness. Watch the video series to see how the results of self-monitoring can help guide you and your healthcare team to adjust the many parts of your therapy. This website contains information on products which are targeted to a wide range of audiences and could contain product details or information otherwise not accessible or valid in your country. The amount of sugar you eat directly affects your insulin levels, because the body releases insulin based on the amount of sugar you ingest. Insulin is needed and necessary for the cells to receive the proper amount of sugar they need to burn for energy. Sugar upsets your gut flora (can lead to yeast and fungus), taxes the liver, affects the adrenals, burns protein (know as glycosylation of your protein), and so on.
Fructosamine Test: this test is also used to measure the during of glycosylation of protein, which is the burning of protein by sugar.
Sugars, also known as glucids or carbohydrates, are fundamental components of all living matter and are nutrients, just like proteins and lipids.
For a long time, complex and simple sugars were classified according to their chemical structure.
Turbinado Sugar: Unlike granulated sugar, turbinado sugar crystals are much larger and made at an earlier period in the sugar cane processing method. Stevia: (STEE-vee-uh) is a South American shrub whose leaves have been used for centuries by native peoples in Paraguay and Brazil to sweeten their beverages. Date Sugar: Is ground up from dehydrated dates, therefore is more a food than a sweetener- though dates as previously mentioned are HIGH on the glycemic index.
There is a bit of controversy over this- how it’s done and if you look on different sites it varies. Take chromium, biotin, magnesium and alpha lipoic acid (all of which most people greatly lack) to help ensure sugar is getting into your cells. I am forever fascinated, in awe and grateful when I think about how complex and wonderful our bodies are and how they take care of us. Eating a diet low in refined foods (white flour, juice, packaged foods) would be a great start. With regards to supplements, I always start with minerals, primarily Magnesium, Chromium and Vanadium.
Another supplement that is helpful with supporting healthy blood sugar levels is Alpha Lipoic Acid.
The previous supplements are on my top list of nutritional supplements for blood sugar control.


If you are looking to take control of balancing your blood sugar, then you need to be aware that poping a pill or pills is not the answer.
By monitoring in a structured manner, you can gain a clearer picture of how your blood glucose changes in response to those factors.
While using the Accu-Chek 360° View profiling tool you should test before and after breakfast, before and after lunch, before and after dinner, and once before you go to bed.
Your blood glucose result may prompt you to eat a snack, take more insulin or go for a walk.
Regularly testing your blood glucose helps measure the effectiveness of your meal plan, physical activity and medications.
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Insulin’s main function is to carry sugar, with the help of chromium and magnesium to the receptor sites. However, an overload of insulin wears out the pancreas and shuts off the insulin receptor sites. Too much sugar will also tire out your pancreas, which then may no longer respond to the body’s needs correctly. Specifically, the A1C test measures what percentage of your hemoglobin — a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen — is coated with sugar (glycated).
The difference is that the fructosamine test measures levels over a period of two to three weeks, rather than two or three months.
Sugars can be categorized as either simple or complex depending on their chemical structure, in other words the number of saccharides (glucids) they are composed of. Simple sugars were considered to be quick, rapidly absorbed sugars, while complex sugars were thought to be slow sugars. Despite its simple chemical structure, it does not trigger a rapid increase in blood insulin content. It is an informal term for a class of edible crystalline substances, mainly sucrose, lactose, and fructose characterized by a sweet flavor. Multiple washings are used, with some sugar refineries even bleaching their sugar to get it as white as possible.
Part of their chemical structure resembles sugar, and part of it resembles alcohol — hence the confusing name.
In the human body, it plays a major role in preventing the collection of fats in the liver, as well as promoting healthy hair growth. It is created through an intricate process that transforms cornstarch into a thick, clear liquid. I must confess as I began writing this post I had a mad craving for a decadent coconut cupcake, which I most likely will indulge in one day very soon. Alpha Lipoic Acid could end up being the big winner in the future for those with blood sugar control issues. Even if you subject yourself to the pharmaceutical answers to blood sugar control, you are not going to “cure” yourself of the problem without other lifestyle modifications. Monitoring before you eat (pre-meal) and 2 hours after your first bite (post-meal) can help you understand how what you eat affects your blood glucose. Self-monitoring can also alert you to a blood glucose level that is too high or too low, which requires special treatment.
There is another route into the cells known as the GLUT4 Vesicle with the help of biotin and alpha lipoic acid. With this excess insulin and shut off receptor sites results in extra storage of sugar as Fat. For the most part, we can agree that if a food is natural it is better for us especially in comparison to processed foods.
In food, sugar almost exclusively refers to sucrose, which primarily comes from sugar cane and sugar beet.
It also is considered by some to be “healthier” since it receives less processing than does white sugar. After the sugar has been sufficiently refined, it can be allowed to dry before it is packaged.
The presence of the nutrient also aids in efficient processing of nutrients into the conversion of energy, which in turn helps the body to maintain a healthy metabolism. However, there are questions that have arisen about it’s affect on reproduction, cancer and energy metabolism. Generally by how sweet things are I think you should be able to make a good decision for yourself.
My belief, as with most health conditions, is that we bring this on with our lifestyle choices.


The fiber alone from these foods can also have a stabilizing effect on your blood sugar levels. You don’t need to do hours of aerobics, but just 30 or so minutes a day of brisk walking, biking or weight lifting can assist your body in maintaining health blood sugar levels.
Processing takes out the good in most cases and often times companies “fortify” the foods to put back what they just processed out. Gymnema has been shown to improve the ability of insulin to lower blood sugar levels in both Type I and Type II diabetes. Most people greatly lack chromium, magnesium, biotin and alpha lipoic acid, which are necessary to carry out this very important function.
Additionally, excess insulin ages you, as it increases levels of cortisol while lowering levels of serotonin. However, even if you follow a strict au natural diet- you still need to carefully watch your sugar intake. It is not the sugar’s chemical structure that determines whether it is a complex sugar or a simple sugar, but rather how fast the rise in blood glucose is triggered by its ingestion.
Potatoes or rice, on the other hand, despite their complex chemical structure, cause a rapid increase in blood insulin content, and are therefore considered to be food with a high glycemic index. In both cases, the plants are crushed to exude their sweet juices, and the juice is allowed to crystallize into a loose crumble. Some of them are extracted from plants (sorbitol from corn syrup and mannitol from seaweed), but they are mostly manufactured from sugars and starches. Inositol also can be considered brain food, as the nutrient is necessary to properly nourish the brain.
Industry advocates for corn growers say that they are the same, but nutritional science studies say that there is a big difference between the two.
And this is not to add stress, rather it’s just a good reminder that there is no one rule for all.
Whether you have issues with Hypo- (low) or Hyper- (high) glycemia, proper diet, activity and supplementation can assist you in addressing this issue.
Recent research has shown that people with blood sugar control usually have low blood levels of these three key minerals.
It protects not only against the dysfunction that causes diabetes, but also against the damage caused by the disease.
Cinnamon (yes, the spice) extract is known to improve blood sugar levels and lipid levels in those with Type II diabetes. If you can get these two aspects under control, supplementing or taking prescribed medications will not be necessary in most cases.
Sugar alcohols are like sugar in some ways, but they are not completely absorbed by the body. Research from the 1900s showed that Chromium-rich Brewer’s yeast was helpful in restoring blood sugar levels.
L-carnitine is a popular dietary supplement because it has been shown to produce many health benefits, one of which is control blood sugar.
The extract of Maitake (Sx Fraction) has also been shown to be extremely helpful for those with interest in blood sugar control. The choice is yours, but in the meantime, you now have some tools to assist your body in overcoming your blood sugar issues. If sugar is unable to get into the cells the body will turn it into a triglyceride- storing the energy as fat.
As it is I think I listed too many, but if you are interested in finding out more- do your due diligence and research further. Because of this, the blood sugar impact of sugar alcohols is less and they provide fewer calories per gram. Current research shows that chromium supplementation with doses as high as 1000mcg per day has been helpful at improving glucose tolerance in those with Type II diabetes. L-Carnitine improves insulin sensitivity, increases glucose storage, and optimizes carbohydrate metabolism. Dates, bananas, and figs for example are HIGH in sugar and are best eaten with a green salad. Magnesium consumption has shown to improve insulin production in those with Type II Diabetes. Most people haven’t heard of this mineral yet research has shown that it helps improve glucose control in as little as 6 weeks.



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