Showing posts with label diabetes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label diabetes. Show all posts

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Official Fasting Glucose Levels May Be Too Stringent in The United States

In the US system, the 'normal' range for fasting glucose test (no food and only water for 8 hours prior) is 70 - 100 mg/dl.  

However, in Germany for example, the "normal range"  is much broader.   It is 55-115 mg/dl.

In the US system they generally refer to anything above 100 mg/ dl as Pre-Diabetes.    But one must ask the question:  Are these ranges accurate?

The label of Pre-Diabetes may be scary to some people.  Yet,  the question begs to be asked:  Is there really need for concern if your level is still below 115?  

Of course, this is a debate to take up with your physician.   I've noticed that the military does not seem to have a problem with a reading above 100 but below 110 for their entrance physical tests.  

Maybe the range is too restrictive?   The 'normal range' requirement was changed in the 1990s, in the US.  The range used to be much less restrictive.  

Should we be afraid if we are over 100 but below 115?

Share you thoughts on this topic below.  


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Monday, January 7, 2013

Diabetes' Relationship To Gum Disease

I found a nice, easy to understand explanation at Dr. Froum's website.   Because he made it easy, I think he deserves a reward with a link to his explanation.   Click here to read it.

Dr Froum is a cosmetic dentist with a penchant for periodontics and implants.   He is located in New York City and his phone number is:   (917) 338-0259 

I do prefer prevention over implants.   But it is good to understand that diabetics are at an increased risk for gum disease. They are more susceptible to infection.   Gum disease is, essentially a bacterial infection, but it is one that 'eats' the supporting tissue structure around each tooth.   

You definitely don't have to be diabetic to have gum disease.  In fact, gum disease is something that most people have, whether they know it or not.  But, that doesn't make it 'ok' to have gum disease.  
Dental professionals tell us that about 75% of people have this horrible problem.  And that is horrid.  

Yet, diabetics are even more at risk than the 'average' person.  So, it is in the interest of the diabetic to learn about the problem of gum disease and what he can do about it.   

I may be biased, but I think the book I wrote:  What You Should Know About Gum Disease: A Layman's Guide To Fighting Gum Disease is super to get the kind of information that could end up saving a person a lot through prevention.  

It sure is not all about brushing and flossing.   While those are good things to do and important.  If they worked for everyone, then I think we would not have a 75% incidence of gum disease!

Lost teeth, I'm pretty sure is something that everyone wants to avoid.   I like Dr. Froum's easy to understand explanation about the relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease.   Thanks Dr. Froum for sharing it. 


PS:  I wrote this free (with an email address) guide:  How To Stop Gum Disease In 4 Easy Steps 

And here is part of a video series on my book about gum disease: