A life in the day

8/27/2004

An answer leading to a new question

Filed under: — site admin @ 10:18 am

I noticed that the American Diabetes Association has an Ask the Pharmacist link, which is perhaps not what I really wanted for researching the infections/blood sugar link, but might help. It’s an excellent service, provided in fact by RiteAid, and available online. I asked about the mechanism by which infections raise blood sugar, and within an hour or so got this response:

Thank you for using Rite Aid Clinical Services. In reviewing our drug information resources we have found that an infection is a stress on the human body. To deal with stress, your body releases hormones to help fight the infection. These hormones can raise blood sugar levels directly, and interfere with insulin, which will also affect your blood sugar levels.

It’s a great service. I have to look for an online “Ask a physician” service.

Of course now I have to go looking to find out how stress and the related hormones affect blood sugar. But this is clear-cut progress.

A big thank you to RiteAid and the American Diabetes Association!

8/25/2004

Infections

Filed under: — site admin @ 1:40 pm

Back from vacation. A great time was had by all…

Actually, although the weather was better than last year, it was the second worse trip I remember weather-wise. We still had a lot of fun, and rainy days at Sebago are better than rainy days at home. I ended up with an ear infection, though. I got one last summer too, so I think I’m going to have to try something to prevent them.

Until I got that infection, my blood sugar was fantastic. The infection drove it up 35 points or so, to around 130. I’d like to learn more about the mechanism by which infections raise the blood glucose. But I still haven’t done the research into body mass index, so I don’t know when I’ll find time for a new topic. I’ve been home from vacation three days, and I still haven’t even found time to get through all my e-mail or snail-mail. Uggh!

I’ve got to write a little application for posting my blood sugars on my website, with some analysis and graphing tools, and stop typing all those silly

Blood sugar: Some pm: ###, Next am: ###.

lines. Soon. Real soon…

Right! As though I don’t have enough to do…

:-(

8/6/2004

Vacation

Filed under: — site admin @ 5:16 pm

Well, it’s off to heaven for me — two weeks at Maine’s Sebago Lake State Park!

I hope all my anxious readers can survive without me for that long…

:-)

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