3 takeaways about diabetes: KDF public forum

Summary: We are thrilled to be part of the few booths sharing about diabetes at the Kidney Dialysis Foundation (KDF) Public Forum 2016! 3 takeaways from our booth experience:

  • Checking your blood glucose levels will always give you more insights to your health and/or diabetes.
  • Come talk to us to get exclusive rewards – freebies!
  • There will always be someone there to support you in your health journey – let us be the one to help you achieve your goals effectively and efficiently.

What did we have?

 Let me share more about our booth so that you get insights from this post even if you haven’t been to the forum!

If you’re wondering what our booth offered, we had:

  • Free blood glucose testing
  • Chats with our dietitians
  • Free 2 weeks of full access to Glyco app!

We also gave away World Diabetes Day pins and our GlycoLeap socks if you registered for an account on the spot.

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If you missed our booth, no worries!  

Here’s a snippet of what people received after testing their blood glucose with us!

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If you are living with diabetes:

The ideal ranges that would warrant a tick in the green section are:

  • Before meal: 4 – 7 mmol/L
  • 2h after meal: < 10 mmol/L

The ranges that would warrant a tick in the red section are:

  • Before meal: > 7 mmol/L
  • 2h after meal: > 10 mmol/L

Note that readings < 4 mmol/L is dangerous too – it suggests that you are experiencing a hypo and should treat it with 15g of fast-acting carbs. Some carb examples are:

  • 1/2 can of sugary soft drink
  • 1 tbsp of sugar / honey
  • 3-4 glucose tablets

Recheck your sugar levels 15 minutes later. If your sugar levels have not increased after 2 treatments, seek medical advice.

If you are not living with diabetes:

Any random blood glucose check that would warrant a tick in the green section is:

  • < 11.1 mmol/L

Any random blood glucose check that would warrant a tick in the red section is:

  • > 11.1 mmol/L

What do our dietitians on duty during the forum think?

Hannah:

It was exciting to be part of this wonderful event to raise awareness of diabetes and kidney disease. It was fantastic to be able to reach out to so many people who want to learn more about diabetes and also for us to learn from their experiences.

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Bonnie:

As a dietitian, it was cool being able to test blood sugar levels of different people. Usually in the hospital or clinic, that’s the nurse’s role. I have a slight phobia of needles so it was a bit stressful at first but I overcame that and it was a fun day in the end.

It was interesting because we could ask some of the people who had higher readings what they ate for breakfast, or whether they forgot their medications; like an instant counselling session (although just a super brief one as there was a long queue!).

I enjoyed sharing about the Glyco app, and actually seeing them use it for the free trial while I was doing health coaching. And it was nice to see good blood glucose results for people who were anxious to know whether they had diabetes or not, and reassure their worries (although random blood glucose with fingerprick testing is not the gold standard test used so I still encouraged them to do health screening with a fasting test at the doctor’s clinic).

Concluding thoughts

It’s always great and insightful to meet people face-to-face, learn more about their challenges, health motivations and attitudes towards diabetes.

It’s a privilege to get in touch with those at the event, and share how GlycoLeap can help them and hopefully make a positive difference in their lives.

I hope to get to meet you in person someday, learn about your concerns and goals, help you gain better understanding of yourself and support you towards your health goals.

If you want to learn more about our future events, of GlycoLeap, or to get our World Diabetes Day pin, contact me at support@glycoleap.com!