CGM Watch Closer to Reality was reported by Sara Seitz for InsulinNation.com, 21 January 2020. PKvitality’s revolutionary glucose-sensing watch wins awards while the company makes big moves in anticipation of an upcoming product launch
The K’Watch CGM has these features:
- There no need for site rotation because the CGM works by “tasting” glucose levels just under the surface of the skin
- This means no giant insertion needles and no pain
- This system is more discrete than any other on the market
- It almost completely reduces the need for adhesive tape.
Let’s talk about flossing, ok?
“The scientific evidence for flossing is weak,” said Dr. Wayne Aldredge, president of the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP). However, he told the AP the benefits of flossing might be clearer if studies focused on people with the highest risk of gum disease, such as smokers and diabetics.
Flossing studies are conducted by flossing manufacturers. Two major floss producers, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson, have both said that flossing helps to remove plaque. Of course they’d say that.
Three years ago, the Associated Press published an article that appeared to discredit something most of us are told twice a year by our dentists. The article looked at 25 studies on flossing and determined they pretty much all failed to find solid scientific evidence that flossing provides any benefits over brushing alone. In other words, flossing isn’t essential.
It was the shot heard round the dental hygiene world. About two-thirds of Americans claim to floss in general and a bit less than half of them do it daily, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control survey. The remaining one-third likely feel guilty that they don’t, at least after visiting the dentist.
But do the AP findings, which reverberated widely through the mainstream media, really vindicate non-flossers, and free up several minutes of tedious nighttime habit for the rest of us?
Not according to dentists. “A lot of people hate doing it, but you have to floss,” says Timothy Hempton, DDS, an adjunct associate clinical professor at Tuft University’s dental school. “It’s the most effective way to remove the material between teeth that toothbrushes can’t reach.” The American Dental Association recommends cleaning between teeth with floss (or another interdental cleaner) once a day.
What to do? Ask your dentist … and maybe learn to improve your flossing technique.
FOR T1 WOMEN mostly but not only: Why Diabetes Increases Your Risk of Yeast Infections was written by Ginger Vieira for InsulinNation.com, 23 January 2020.
Also referred to as “vulvovaginal candidiasis,” a vaginal yeast infection is essentially an overgrowth of yeast, according to the Office of Women’s Health. While your vagina does need some yeast to maintain a healthy environment, too much yeast becomes very uncomfortable very quickly. Yeast infections are technically “fungal infections” because yeast is a type of fungus. Again, it’s a good fungus when it’s present in healthy amounts. There is such a thing as a “bacterial” yeast infection but those are rare.
When your blood sugar levels are high on a daily basis (generally above 250 mg/dL will do the trick), you’re excreting a lot of sugar through your urine. The presence of this sugar in your urine changes the chemical balance in your vagina and leads to an overgrowth of yeast. Blood sugars persistently over 300 mg/dL is almost a guarantee for recurring yeast infections. Of course, yeast infections can develop in those with or without diabetes unrelated to your blood sugar levels, too.
There are a few things you should do to reduce your risk of yeast infections.
- Drink a lot of water every day — this gives your body adequate fluid to flush out the excessive sugar in your system.
- Reduce your carbohydrate intake — if you’re taking these drugs and still consuming more than 300+ grams of carbohydrate per day, you’ll likely struggle with yeast infections.
- Combine your SGLT2 with another diabetes medication to help reduce your blood sugar levels.