Category: Educational

Individual Differences in Fasting Blood Glucose (FBG)

A fasting blood glucose (FBG) reading between 70-100 mg/dL is typically regarded as normal in people without diabetes1. While this range serves as a standard reference for assessing one’s glycemic status, inter-individual differences exist across the population. A better understanding of one’s own FBG range might provide a more actionable basis for reference. Mobile health  Continue Reading »

Trends, Insights and Revelations: Presenting the Annual Diabetes Data Report 2016

Following our merger with Diasend, we now have a joint database containing more than four billion diabetes data points! – which is a luxury for anyone interested in diving into trends and statistics. Diasend released their very first annual data benchmark review last year, and this Report continues with more data and more insights for  Continue Reading »

Artificial Sweeteners Part 2: Regulations

A few weeks ago, I explored the in-and-outs of Splenda and the artificial sweetener sucralose. If you missed it, you can read the full post here. In summary: Splenda raised my blood sugar (note: I don’t have diabetes ) Splenda is actually mixed with a considerable amount of sugar. After I posted Part 1, I got a lot of  Continue Reading »

Effective use of blood glucose readings for noninsulin treated patients with type 2 diabetes

A survey result from 7320 patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D), not on insulin, who monitored their blood sugar found that only 15.2% used their blood glucose readings to make adjustments to their medicine, diet or exercise. It also showed that their providers too did not review their blood glucose readings to optimize their treatment.  Continue Reading »

Artificial Sweeteners Aren’t Zero Calories

Part 1 Artificial sweeteners have become a staple of modern dining. We have a variety of diet sodas to choose from and little sweetener packets are available in every coffee house and diner. They’re so common that they’ve moved beyond our tables and into our stories: George Orwell used saccharin to symbolize the grey, artificial  Continue Reading »

Which Glucose Tabs Do People Like Best?

There is one particular Amazon purchase I’ve been making since the day I was diagnosed with diabetes, despite the lack of consumer reviews: glucose tablets. Glucose tablets are one of the recommended treatments of mild to moderate hypoglycemia. There are a number of cited benefits, including their rapid effect on blood glucose, easily customizable glucose  Continue Reading »

Remote Patient Monitoring : A Tool to Improve Patient Adherence

Adherence to long term therapy is defined as the extent to which a person’s behavior – taking medication, following a diet, and/or physical activity plan, corresponds with recommendations agreed upon with their health care provider. 1  Adherence to self management and medication is low among people with type 2 diabetes (PWD). Self monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG)  Continue Reading »

What Happened Over Thanksgiving?

Political arguments notwithstanding, we all love Thanksgiving. Some of us even approach the dinner table as gourmands, taking the enormous serving sizes as a personal challenge. However, for people with diabetes, food presents a different type of challenge. We were curious to find out how our users dealt with it. As a data scientist at  Continue Reading »

National Diabetes Awareness Month at Glooko

This month is National Diabetes Awareness Month. At Glooko, we eat, sleep and breathe diabetes everyday. Many of us either live with diabetes personally, or our close family members do. Diabetes is a personal passion at Glooko and making the lives of people with diabetes a little bit easier is something we strive to do  Continue Reading »

The Magical Overnight Control of the Artificial Pancreas

There’s no sugar-coating it – having Type 1 Diabetes is a daily grind. Almost all the T1’s that I get to meet and talk with echo my sentiment: it’s sort of like working full time on top of my full time job. I can never truly take a break from thinking about my insulin-to-carb ratio,  Continue Reading »

8 Studies that Prove the Value of Remote Monitoring for Diabetes

The mHealth industry is growing fast and for good reason. Mobile technology keeps getting better everyday. Did you know there are almost as many cellphone subscriptions (6.8 billion) as there are people on this earth (seven billion)?! With all of this information at their fingertips, people want more control and visibility to their health data. This constantly  Continue Reading »

Do People With Diabetes Test Their Blood Glucose More During the Week or Over the Weekend?

I had some hypotheses, but I wasn’t sure. I know for me, things are more structured during the week. I tend to wake up around the same time, eat the same things, go to bed at a reasonable hour. On the weekend, all bets are off in terms of a schedule. So I would assume  Continue Reading »