Type 1 & 2 Diabetes: Five Simple Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar

Diabetes can seem complicated and overwhelming, full of charts and devices and concerned-looking medical professionals. There’s talk of hormones and endocrine systems, of obscure organizations and dietary plans. It all comes down to this: What it’s really about-the one, single thing it’s about-is lowering that sky-high blood sugar number. That’s it. Everything follows from getting that blood sugar number down. It doesn’t matter how you

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Diabetes Evolutions: The Office Visit

The logbook was the thing. That little sheaf of pages, divided into box after box after box. Inside, filled-in blood glucose numbers from one day to the next, one time to the next. You would carry the logbook into your endocrinologist’s office. He or she would shuffle through the numbers, sometimes averaging them out with a pocket calculator. How accurate were those logbook numbers? They

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Low-carb, Vegan Diet Offers Benefits

The public perception of low-carbohydrate diets often involves mounds of bacon, piles of steaks and rivers of cheese. After all, when the Atkins Diet swept the country more than a decade ago, that was one of the ways people described it to their friends — and one of the ways that critics tried to define it. But the low-carb approach to food doesn’t have to

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12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes

Are you ready for a challenge? Then let’s take a trip together–just me, you, and diabetes. Another travel season is upon us, with all of the challenges and frustrations that it entails for those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It might not simple or easy to manage, but it should be rewarding if we handle it right. Here are 12 tips to get

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Diabetes Health Type 1: What People with Type 1 Diabetes Can Learn from Type 2s

Admit it, Type 1s. In weaker moments, you look down your noses at the Type 2 diabetics. You know that their disease can result from poor lifestyle choices. You know that their treatment regimen, compared with yours, is simple. And you’re really tired of folks telling you: “Oh, my grandfather had diabetes, too!” “It’s almost like sibling rivalry,” says diabetes educator and author Constance Brown-Riggs.

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Diabetes Health Type 1 Diabetes: Diabetes Self Management in Flu Season

The crowd in the small Boston theater laughed and clapped. The comedy show was a good one, and I was enjoying it from a cramped seat in the balcony. It was October 29, a Friday, and while it was brisk outside, winter hadn’t yet clamped down. But the date was more important than I thought. The viruses that attack during the winter flu season had

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