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. 
Instead, the sensor consists of multiple micro points that just barely penetrate the skin. In fact, the contact with your flesh is so shallow that the tiny needles won’t even cause bleeding or scarring. A small, soft adhesive pad is required and fits under the watch face. Best of all, the transmitter and receiver are integrated into one device, all in a watch with a band that holds it over the sensor. And, like most continuous monitoring systems, the watch provides you with continuous glucose readings as well as alarms for predicted high and low blood sugars.
Want one?  I do!!!  PKvitality is just wrapping up its preclinical trial phase and hopes to begin human trials on its new CGM system by mid-2020. While it may seem like a market launch is still far off, the company has made some moves in the last few months that not only show they are gearing up for a viable product, but that hint at a product that may just live up to the hype. While there is still a long way to go between now and FDA approval, the resources the company has gained since November have given them the confidence to set a launch window of early 2022.
Read more: CGM Watch Closer to Reality

 


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.

What to do?  Ask your dentist … and maybe learn to improve your flossing technique.

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Why Dental Floss Is a Marketing Scam

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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.

Read more:  Why Diabetes Increases Your Risk of Yeast Infections

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