Rhonda O'Brien MS RD CDE


Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is a life-threatening blood chemical (electrolyte) imbalance that develops in a person with diabetes when the cells do not get the sugar (glucose) they need for energy. As a result, the body breaks down fat instead of glucose and produces and releases substances called ketones into the…

Reading Food Labels When You Have Diabetes

When a food comes in a package, take a look at the Nutrition Facts label and ingredient list on the package. Start with the “% Daily Value” column on the food label. A food is considered low in a specific nutrient (such as fat, saturated fat, carbohydrate, or sodium) if it has 5% or less of the daily value. A food is…

Glycemic Index

Glycemic index refers to a food’s ability to raise blood sugar to a particular level within a given period of time. Glycemic index applies only to carbohydrate foods because they are the foods that most affect blood sugar levels. Some starchy foods have a high glycemic index. These foods may cause high blood sugar…

Choosing an Insulin Pump

Most insulin pumps have the same basic features: The ability to program more than one basal rate: for example, a rate for work days, a rate for days off, a rate for working the night shift. The ability to set a temporary basal rate: for example, you can tell your pump to give you less insulin while you go for a jog…