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31 Day of Counting Carbs Helpful Tips

October 3, 2015


All month long we’re talking about carbohydrates in celebration of our ’31 Days of Counting Carbs’ campaign on Facebook.

Carbohydrate is the body’s preferred source of energy. All carbs are broken down into glucose – essential fuel for the body, especially the brain. Carbohydrate can be classified in two main types:

  • Starchy carbs: foods like bread, pasta, potatoes, noodles, rice and cereals.
  • Sugars, such as: natural sugar, eg fruit sugar (fructose) and milk sugar (lactose), added sugar, which includes granulated sugar and honey.

Both the amount and type of carbs you eat and drink will have an effect on your post-meal blood glucose levels.

If you’re new at counting carbohydrates, Divabetic wants to help you every step of the way. Here are 3 quick tips to keep in mind as you begin to use carb counting as a tool for managing your diabetes.

  • Double-check the measurements of the food item.
  • What is the portion or serving size?
  • The carbohydrate you count is the ‘Total carbohydrate’ rather than the ‘Total sugars’.

Why not do some “carbohydrate homework”?  Record nine meals and blood glucose levels pre- and 90 minutes post-meal. (3 different breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners.) Write down the foods you eat, the amount, and if possible the total carbohydrate grams and the fat grams.  Once you see the connection between what you eat and the glycemic response, you can determine what your optimum meal plan should be.

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31 Days of Counting Carbs in October

September 24, 2015


Throughout the month of October Divabetic will be posting carb counts for some of our favorite fruits and vegetables daily. Our goal of presenting ’31 Days of Counting Carbs’ is to help you get past any feelings of overwhelm you might experience when counting carbohydrates so you can stay healthy with diabetes.

Believe it or not, once you learn how to count carbs, you’ll find it easier to fit a wide variety of foods into your meal plan. Many people with diabetes think carbohydrate counting is much easier than using a more traditional exchange meal plan.

What is Carb Counting?

Carbohydrate counting is a method of calculating grams of carbohydrate consumed at meals and snacks according to the Joslin Diabetes Center. Foods that contain carb have the greatest effect on blood glucose compared to foods that contain protein or fat.

Who Should Count Carbs?

Carbohydrate counting can be used by anyone with diabetes, not just people taking insulin. As a tool, carb counting,  can help you have tighter control over your blood glucose readings. Being as precise as possible with your carb intake and medication will help you better manage your blood glucose after meals.

Know Your Carbohydrates

Most of the carbohydrates we eat come from three food groups: starch, fruit and milk. Vegetables also contain some carbohydrates, but foods in the meat and fat groups contain very little carbohydrates

Counting carbohydrates allows flexibility in your meal plan, but you can’t abandon your meal plan and eat as many carbohydrates as you desire. Keep in mind your overall goals–to keep your carb intake at a certain amount each day, and keep your glucose as close to normal as possible–and you’ll do well. Remember to consult your healthcare team before making any of the changes discussed here.

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ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert Has Built-in Insulin Calculator

September 17, 2014
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Divabetic Product Reviews

Since our Divabetic community members already love the  ACCU-CHEK FastClix lancing device because it’s so easy to use and less painful so much, we decided to check to the new Roche ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert which claims you can enjoy a meal without worrying about the math!

Roche’s ACCU-CHEK® Aviva Expert system is the first and only blood glucose meter system with a built-in insulin calculator to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

This device represents a significant advancement in blood glucose meter technology for people with diabetes who take multiple daily insulin injections. The meter’s integrated bolus calculator provides easy-to-use and reliable dose recommendationsbased on automated calculations, eliminating the need for manual dosing calculations.

HOW IT WORKS: The ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert meter calculates an insulin dose and/or carbohydrate intake based on user-entered data. The ACCU-CHEK Bolus Advisor, as a component of the ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert meter provides insulin dose recommendations in response to blood glucose, health events, and carbohydrate input. The ACCU-CHEK Bolus Advisor provides insulin adjustment guidelines within the scope of a pre-planned treatment program from a healthcare professional. Before patient use, a healthcare professional must prescribe the ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert system and provide the patient-specific target blood glucose, insulin-to-carbohydrate ratio, and insulin sensitivity parameters to be programmed into the ACCU-CHEK Bolus Advisor.

A survey of ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert users found that 79% reported increased confidence with insulin dose calculation, and 52% reported a reduced fear of hypoglycemia.

“The availability of the ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert system marks an important, game-changing milestone in diabetes self-management by making the process of calculating insulin dosage easier and less susceptible to error,” said Dr. Bruce W. Bode, a clinical associate professor with Atlanta Diabetes Associates in Atlanta, GA. “One of the biggest barriers to optimal self-management is the ability to calculate bolus doses. My hope is that the device will become the standard of care for patients on multiple daily insulin injection therapy due to the simplicity of the built-in bolus calculator.”

The ACCU-CHEK Aviva Expert provides peace of mind for many people with type 1 diabetes.  They to feel confident that theyinjected the correct dose of insulin due to the ease of using the bolus calculator vs. making the calculations himself

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What’s Fresh! with Mr. Divabetic

May 25, 2014


Mr. Divabetic recaps the top stories in health and wellness, diabetes, entertainment and style in this week’s What’s Fresh! column.

Here’s what’s trending at Divabetic:

Two Meals Versus Six Small Meals Are Effective for Managing Type 2 Diabetes

New research published in a European Study of Diabetes found that eating two meals  instead of six small meals a day is helpful for managing weight and blood sugars.  A large breakfast and lunch eaten earlier in the day may help reduce body weight, liver fat content and fasting blood glucose levels for people with type 2 diabetes. What you eat makes a difference in your blood glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure and weight. Eating healthful foods doesn’t have to be difficult. Check with your doctor to find out if this type of meal plan would be right for you. A meal plan helps you decide on the kinds of food you can choose to eat at meals and snack times. 

The Dangers of Spring Cleaning

As the weather gets warmer, many people begin cleaning garages, cabins or other outbuildings that have been closed for the winter and infested with rodents Before you decide it’s time to clean up the Health Department wants you to aware of the dangers of hantavirus. A virus easily contracted from inhaling the fumes of mouse droppings.  Breathing small particles of mouse urine or droppings that have been stirred up into the air is the most common means of infection. The illness starts with fever, headache and muscle aches, and progresses rapidly to severe difficulty in breathing and, in some cases, death.  Make sure to take the necessary precautions:  Don’t sweep or use a vacuum instead you should wipe up any mouse droppings with a wet cloth and some bleach and wear a mask. Make sure to open windows and doors so there’s plenty of ventilation. Prevent rodents from entering the home by plugging or sealing all holes and gaps to the outside greater than 1/4-inch in diameter. Use steel wool, thick wire screen, metal flashing or cement to seal holes.

Gaining control over the clutter could help you take control of your health!

Why the Wolverine Needs Sunscreen

In Diva-licious News, X-Men star Hugh Jackman has been treated for skin cancer again. This is Hugh Jackman’s second battle with basal cell carcinoma. The most common form of cancer. The actor wants fans to know that the sun can do much more damage than simply give you a painful sunburn. It’s important to watch for the signs such as open sores, red patches with irregular borders (that sometimes crusts or bleeds) and bumps on areas of your skin that have been overexposed to sunlight. Basal cell carcinoma sometimes resembles noncancerous skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema. Only a trained physician, such as a specialist in diseases of the skin, can decide for sure. If you observe any of the warning signs or some other worrisome change in your skin, consult your physician immediately.

One of the best things you can do is cover up with a hat and wear plenty of sunscreen when you’re in the sun.

Keep up on the latest in health, wellness and beauty right here with What’s Fresh! with Mr. Divabetic and share your thoughts with me at Divabetic on Facebook.

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45 Years with Diabetes And Still Counting! by Catherine P. Lawrence

April 24, 2014
Catherine Lawrence

Catherine Lawrence

On June’s Diabetes Late Nite podcast, the happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic interviews Catherine Lawrence about living with diabetes for 45 years scheduled for Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 6 PM, EST.

Catherine shares her experiences and insights of living with diabetes for over four decades and the changes in self-care she has seen over the years:

Many things have changed since I was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9 in 1969. Most of the daily testing equipment and testing routines at that time are so archiac now that I will fast forward to the present.

I believe that the standard for me is the counting of carbohydrates, which I learned when I started to use an insulin pump over 12 years ago. It is truly a way of life that I have found to be easy and so effective. Counting carbs was a very good new approach because a majority of the information I need is on the food label. The transition fron counting calories to reading a label that lists so much, including carbs, is simple and more precise.

Another large factor in my diabetic routine is the testing of my blood sugar. When I compare using a test tube and dropper then going to a machine that was the size of a tape player early on in my diabetic life, testing my blood sugar today is a piece of cake (sugar free of course.) The fact that I can test at any time, any place has simplified my life. And, let me emphasize how very important it is to test. To be able to get that ever important number, at a moments notice, can be a life saver.

Add to all of this is the invention of the insulin pump. For me, it changed everything. I just could not believe that there were going to be no more daily injections; no more having to carry around a vial of insulin (and keep it cool) and finding a “private” place in which to take that injection. I also learned that diabetes DOES NOT have to be hidden and should NEVER be an embarassment. It was a big adjustment with a learning curve that was very attainable. Commitment and honesty were essential in getting on the pump. It is an accomplishment I am very proud of.

Last, but not least, I TALK WITH MY DOCTOR. I let him know what is going on in my life so adjustments can be made when necessary. He wants to help but sometimes I need to be my own advocate when sitting in his office.

Along with help from my doctor, Certified Diabetes Educator, a Registered Dietician and support from my spouse (my husband has a good understanding and gives me input) I can live very well with diabetes.

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SweetBee Plate Mate Makes Counting Carbs Easy!

September 20, 2013
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Divabetic mhealth reviews

So many apps, so little time. Are you confused about what apps are really worth your time? The happy healthcare host, Mr. Divabetic  and his team of educators will be reviewing free mobile apps at this year’s ADA Expo in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, November 9, 2013.

Here’s one app that caught our eye:

The Sweetbee Plate Mate ® application, from Belgium shows in a simple and visual way what’s on your plate. You can keep track of your carbohydrate, calorie intake and your blood sugar levels. Set and realize that your own goals. With more than 200 food products you can make endless combinations and get healthy inspiration. In a few seconds your virtual meal is ready.

The screen features empty dinner and salad plates and a glass. You drag pictures of food items and beverages on to the plates and glass. You can resize food and drink items to fit your weight management goals. Once you create your virtual meal, the app totals the calories, carbohydrates and more.

This free app seems like it would be useful for anybody interested in weight management.

Mr Divabetic and his merry band of certified diabetes educators will be reviewing more free mobile apps at the upcoming ADA Expo in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, November 9, 2013. For more information go to:

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Carb Kitty Game Video debuts on dLifeTV

February 18, 2013
Carb Kitty - Meow with a wow!

Carb Kitty – Meow with a wow!

Last night dLifeTV  aired the first Carb Kitty video game in one of their episodes. Can we say, ‘MEOW with a WOW!’??

The Carb Kitty video game series was inspired by a mother of child living with type 1 diabetes who attended the Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conference & Health Fair in Tampa, FL. She asked me to create a video game about ‘carb counting.’ It’s exciting to share these videos with the dLifeTV community. I’m now working on developing Carb Kitty into diabetes app.

The goal of the videos is to spark interest in learning more about carbohydrate counting with a registered dietitian.  I want to thank Dr. Steve Edelman and the wonderful TCOYD team for inviting me to Tampa!

Eight years ago, dLifeTV launched the first ever television broadcast show bringing diabetes education and inspiration right into your home every Sunday. Hundreds of stories later, thousands of lives changed, dLife continues to bring you entertaining diabetes education, but now through a new channel—online.  It will be the same great show, same time, just in a different place.

GUESS WHAT? I started Divabetic in the basement of the dLife studios when they had live audiences eight years ago. I volunteered to entertain the studio audience prior to the tapings with Mama Rose Marie and Stan the Announcer Man. We had an incredible time working together with Howard and the team to create an entertaining and informative approach to diabetes education. It was at these tapings that I met two of the most fabulous ‘Divabetics’:  Mother Love and Nicole Johnson.

So tune in Sundays at 7pm ET / 4pm PT at for all new shows each week with the same people you know and love. You’ll find Jim Turner’s takes on life with diabetes in only the way he can; stories from real people struggling and achieving with diabetes just like you; and cooking tips from chef Michel Nischan in the dLife Kitchen.

Next Carb Kitty air dates are:  March 3, March 10 and March 17, 2013.

How To Make Every Carb Count!

June 14, 2012

Carbohydrates (“carbs”) can be counted 2 ways: by grams or by carb choices. Remember: 1 carb choice = 15 grams of carbohydrate. Mr. Divabetic’s educational game, Carb Kitty, makes counting carbs fun. See Mr. Divabetic perform live in these cities: Philadelphia, PA, American Diabetes Association (ADA) Expos – Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conferences & Health Fair – Washington, DC, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conference & Health Fairs – Raleigh, NC and special appearances in Los Angeles, CA, Philadelphia, PA and more! For more games, glucose inspiration and glamour go to:

Diabetes Saturday Morning Cartoons

June 9, 2012

Divabetic presents a unique new series on diabetes myths and misconceptions that we hope gets you to smile. Our newest Diabetes Myth Busters adds a Project Runway twist to learning about diabetes. There are many myths about diabetes that make it difficult for people to believe some of the hard facts — such as diabetes is a serious and potentially deadly disease. Get the facts and fight back. Keep your house a home!

Carbohydrates (“carbs”) can be counted 2 ways: by grams or by carb choices. Remember: 1 carb choice = 15 grams of carbohydrate. Mr. Divabetic’s educational game, Carb Kitty, makes counting carbs fun. See Mr. Divabetic perform live at: American Diabetes Association (ADA) Expos – Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY and Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) Conference & Health Fairs – Austin, TX a

From Divabetic’s free monthly podcasts, Diva TalkRadio – Diabetes Roundtable & Studio d to our videos and live stage show games we aim to help you learn to better manage your diabetes. Visit for more glitter, glucose and games.

Wednesday’s World Premiere Video: New Carb Kitty

May 9, 2012

Carbohydrates (“carbs”) can be counted 2 ways: by grams or by carb choices. Remember: 1 carb choice = 15 grams of carbohydrate. Mr. Divabetic’s educational game, Carb Kitty, makes counting carbs fun. See Mr. Divabetic perform live at: The American Diabetes Association (ADA) Expos – Pittsburgh, PA and New York, NY, Taking Control Of Your Diabetes (TCOYD) – Raleigh, NC and special appearances in Los Angeles, CA, Philadelphia, PA and more!

For more games, glucose inspiration and glamour go to:

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