Jeff O’Connell is the author of “Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America’s Deadliest Habit and the Simple Way to Beat It.” I discovered his book while browsing the shelves of my local library, and I could hardly put it down. Though I have type I diabetes and O’Connell’s book focuses on type 2, I … Continue reading Is It Possible to Tame Type 2 Diabetes?
I have never been one to make New Year’s resolutions. This probably stems from my life experiences. Every year at my fitness club, the place is flooded with new faces from January until late February. Then, as the days tick by, the club becomes less and less crowded. Likewise, at the beginning of each semester … Continue reading Resolutions vs. Changes: Make 2018 Count!
Burnout is common among people with diabetes, especially those who have had the disease for years, even decades. Diabetes management can be exhausting, confusing, and frustrating, particularly when you think you are doing everything right but your blood sugars still fail to cooperate. We’ve all heard the saying, “When the going gets tough, the tough … Continue reading Five Ways to Get Back on Track When You’re Burned Out
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I’ve had type 1 diabetes for six years, and it never fails that during the dreaded “time of the month,” I become increasingly insulin-resistant. Just looking at a carbohydrate makes my sugar skyrocket. I’m exhausted, and my mood goes from my usual positive to cranky and sensitive. Many women struggle with their diabetes management during … Continue reading Women and Diabetes: Adjusting Your Management Plan to Match Hormonal Changes
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Warmer temperatures bring the opportunity to put on our walking shoes and step outside for our workouts. But if you, like me, have been walking for many years, you may find yourself bored with the same old routine. To avoid burnout, try these five ways to rev up your walk. Take a new route If … Continue reading Five Ways to Rev Up Your Walking Routine
It seems that every few months, we hear about a new diet that, like all the others, promises to yield fast and tempting results. Is the raw food diet any different, and, if so, how? I started researching the raw food diet a few years ago. The basic premise is that you consume only raw … Continue reading The Raw Food Diet: Should You Try It?
As a woman with diabetes, you may have noticed that you face unique challenges, from where to place your insulin pump, to pregnancy, to hormone fluctuations. Many diabetes books offer general diabetes advice, but few focus on women beyond just a short chapter. That is, until now. Amy Mercer is a forty-year-old woman who has … Continue reading Women and Diabetes: A New Book with Fresh Insight
When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I recall the numerous comments that people blurted out in an attempt to make me feel better about my situation. But the truth was that I just needed to be treated like everyone else. I was in the midst of a confusing, depressing, and life-altering diagnosis. … Continue reading What Not to Say to the Newly Diagnosed