Rhonda O'Brien MS RD CDE


Diabetes and Alcohol

How does alcohol affect diabetes? When you have diabetes, you need to be careful with alcohol. If you take medicine for diabetes, drinking alcohol may cause low blood sugar. Too much alcohol can also affect your ability to know when your blood sugar is low and to treat it. Drinking alcohol can make you feel lightheaded…

Testing Tips From a Diabetes Educator

Taking charge of your type 2 diabetes means controlling your blood sugar. But to control your blood sugar, you have to test it, says Rhonda O’Brien, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator in Boise, Idaho. O’Brien coaches and guides people with diabetes so that they can manage their day-to-day care. A big…

Ketones

Ketones (also called ketone bodies) are substances produced by the body as it breaks down fats for energy, a process called ketosis. Normally the body obtains the energy it needs from sugars (carbohydrates). A person may begin to break down fats and produce ketones because of: Having too little insulin, which prevents…

Diabetic Hypoglycemia

Diabetic hypoglycemia (also called insulin shock or insulin reaction) is having an abnormally low amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood relative to the amount of insulin in the blood. A person with diabetes can become hypoglycemic by taking too much insulin or diabetes medicine or by skipping meals. Symptoms of…

Treating High Blood Sugar

If you have diabetes, your doctor will give you blood sugar goals and recommendations for treating high blood sugar. Here are some general guidelines. Mild to moderately high blood sugar Follow these steps if blood sugar is over the target range set by your doctor, for example, over 200 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL)…