Diabetes Pilot uses all the expected accessibility shortcuts and tab navigation but the use of color only to convey important information could be a problem for some users. The rest of the program is far more accessible than most software. I was able to perform all major functions without a mouse. There are a few very minor focus issues when using Alt + shortcuts, but nothing that blocked functionality. Overall I found Diabetes Pilot far more accessible than most software of this type.
Diabetes Pilot is intuitive to use. The developers have done a good job laying out the components of the software. It is easy to find what you need. The user interface is a little institutional in design but it works.
Under the File section you can choose to backup datasets per user for safe keeping or if you are migrating to a new computer. After several backups and imports of my data I had no issues. Diabetes Pilot periodically makes backups of your data and you can choose to restore your database from one of these backups.
The developers of the software have done a good job in providing built-in tools to repair the database and restore to earlier conditions. In conducting my review I pounded on this software and did things that break most databases. Not once did I have to restore the database from a backup.
Recent headlines about cinnamon are the result of an accidental finding in a Maryland USDA research center. Incredibly, the catalyst was as American as good old apple pie, flavored with -- what else -- cinnamon. Scientists were testing the effects of various foods on blood sugar (glucose) levels. They expected the classic pie to have an adverse effect, but instead they found it actually helped lower blood glucose levels.
The researchers then took their surprising discovery and tested it in a small 60 patient study conducted in Pakistan, reporting in the journal Diabetes Care. All the patients had been treated for type 2, adult onset diabetes for several years and were taking anti-diabetic drugs to increase their insulin output. But they were not yet taking insulin to help process their blood glucose. The subjects were given small doses of cinnamon ranging from as little as a quarter teaspoon to less than 2 teaspoons a day for 40 days.
In the next two articles we’re going to discuss the concept of "normal" blood sugar. I say concept and put normal in quotation marks because what passes for normal in mainstream medicine turns out to be anything but normal if optimal health and function are what you’re interested in.