Products

Glucose Tablets

This was a very underused product for me until just a few years ago. Most of my life I treated my low blood sugars with food like crackers and peanut butter, or candy. These work so much more effectively because the body does not need to break down the food to get to the useable glucose it needs right away. It is already in a useable form, and will help to raise blood glucose almost immediately. In addition it is usually many less calories than other foods you might eat to raise glucose levels. They usually contain an enormous amount of fat, so you wind up ingesting more calories than necessary.

I have used the Glucose Tablets Dex 4 for quite a while. There are 4 grams of sugar in each tab, so it is easy to keep track of how many grams of sugar/carbs you have taken in to raise your sugar.  The cost is uaully around $5 for 50 tablets. Many stores, like Target, and pharmacies sell their own brands which I have found to be pretty similar. Dex 4 comes in different flavors like Raspberry, Grape, Orange, Tropical, and Watermelon.

 

 


GlucoLift is a product I found that does not have any artificial ingredients in it like flavors, or coloring. This is appealing to me as I prefer to use natural ingredients. The cost is about $10.99 per bottle, you can find it on amazon.com. It comes in Wildberry, Cherry, and Orange Cream flavors.

 

 

 

 

Electronics

Carelink USB wireless upload device. This is an amazing little tool. I use it to link with my insulin pump, but it will work with glucose sensors and glucose monitors as well. If you have ever wondered what percentage of the time your glucose is normal, high, or low, or what times of the day these patterns are happening, this neat little contraption can tell the whole story. I bought mine from Medtronic for about $100, but you can find them on ebay or Amazon for lesser prices. When you plug the Carelink into your computer it uses web-based software to upload the data from your device, or devices, and spits out numerous reports based on what you would like to see. You can look at data just for a day, a week, or up to 12 weeks at a time. One of my favorite reports is the “Modal Day Blood Glucose by Hour” because it shows a nice pie chart at the bottom telling you the percentage of time your blood sugars are within normal, high, or low ranges.  Many of the reports also show how much insulin I have used (comparing Basal and Bolus rates) and how many carbohydrates I have eaten. In addition it gives you averages for just about everything. It is a good way to monitor you glucose if you haven’t had an A1C Test taken, or even if you have and would like to know what times of day or days of the week you need to work harder to maintain good control.

This is the glucose meter I currently use. It is the One Touch Ultra Link monitor that works with my insulin pump. After each glucose test, this monitor “beams” the blood sugar reading into my insulin pump, where the data is stored. The nice thing is that the insulin pump knows if I use the “bolus wizard” feature to take more or less insulin based on my BG (blood glucose) reading.

 

 


Medtronic Paradigm 522 Insulin Pump. I have been using Medtronic’s insulin pumps for about 10 years and I have found them to be very reliable. Even in an emergency, Medtronic has sent me a new pump on the weekend. This pump is nice, as I said because it communicates with my glucose monitor and Carelink. It is also designed to be used with the “Real Time Glucose Monitoring System”. Although my pump is equipped for this, I am not a candidate according to my insurance company because I do not have serious problems controlling my BG, or complications due to Diabetes. I can opt to pay for supplies myself, but they are very expensive. Other people may be better candidates (by candidate I mean your insurance company will pay for supplies) for this constant glucose monitoring so you should check with your health care provider.