The September/October Issue of Diabetes Forecast (page 30) had an article about how important carb counting is when you are diabetic. Compared with protein and fat, carbs have the greatest effect on your blood glucose. By counting how many grams of carb you’ll be eating, you can more accurately dose mealtime insulin and keep your blood glucose level stable. Read the labels on prepared foods that you buy, many of them will already have this information.
Diabetes can cause a number of other medical problems. However, few people focus on the emotional distress which can be caused by managing the disease. In a survey of 8,918 people with diabetes, about one in five said they experienced a negative psychological impact “most or all of the time,” and that diabetes was “taking up too much of their daily life.” The same number also said they felt they needed a referral to a psychologist but haven’t been given one. Women were about twice as likely as men to feel the need for a psychologist. A great resource for this in Monterey County is CHOMP, which has a great diabetes management program.