Tag Archives: Diabetes Management

Type 2 Diabetes: 89 Proves You’re Never Too Old to Take Control

Though she still has a few months to go, Jokie Schwartz has already started planning her 90th birthday party. This year she has extra cause for celebration: Her doctor told her recently that her blood sugar is back in the normal range. “He told me I could eat more sweets than I do now,” says … Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes: 89 Proves You’re Never Too Old to Take Control

Type 1 Diabetes: Are You Keeping Your Questions In Check?

How intrusive do people get with their health comments or questions to you? If you have had diabetes for any stretch of time, chances are, you’ve been on the receiving end of some inappropriate questions. It’s not easy, brushing off the unwanted inquiries. How do you politely and gently tell people to back off? I … Continue reading Type 1 Diabetes: Are You Keeping Your Questions In Check?

Diabetes Health Type 2: Your Meds and Your Love Life

Dear Diabetes Health, I am 62 years old. I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1997, and I am doing OK on metformin. My last A1c was 7.2 %. About a year ago, they put me on medicine for my blood pressure (which was 142/90) and for cholesterol.  I started having less interest in … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: Your Meds and Your Love Life

Diabetes Health Type 2: Being a Spokesman for Preventing Diabetes

I can remember hearing stories as a teenager of people having their toes, feet, and legs amputated, going blind, going on dialysis, and all sorts of other crazy things. The culprit? Diabetes. My typical response was, “I guess that it sucks to be them”. Quite honestly, it didn’t bother me one bit that people were … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: Being a Spokesman for Preventing Diabetes

Diabetes Health Type 1: The Best Intentions

I had a conversation with a friend whose father lives with type 1 diabetes and is in a nursing home. He has other health conditions that mean that he requires help to take care of his diabetes. My friend mentioned something that happened at the facility that really concerned and angered her. She said that … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1: The Best Intentions

Diabetes Health Type 2: Fighting the Diabetic Stigma

“Insulin dependent,” “sick,” “liability” and “on medicine” are just some of the words that come to mind when people hear the word “diabetic.” Tell someone you’re a diabetic, and the odds are that you may suddenly find yourself being viewed differently. But what if we don’t want to be seen in a disabled, or negative … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 2: Fighting the Diabetic Stigma

Diabetes Health Type 1 : Shopping Cart Confession

Do you find yourself indulging in treats when you feel down? I try not to but there are those days. I don’t want to admit what my shopping cart looked like on the 4th of July weekend. I don’t want to, but I will. I went a little crazy. I felt a little depressed about … Continue reading Diabetes Health Type 1 : Shopping Cart Confession

Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Parenting Style Impacts Control in Children

As a dad, do you tend to be authoritative and have high expectations of your child’s self control? Do you set clear limits and command respect, without bulldozing him or her? If so, you may be helping your child with type 1 diabetes stick to his or her treatment regimen. According to a recent study … Continue reading Living With Type 1 Diabetes: Parenting Style Impacts Control in Children

Living With Type 2 Diabetes: Exercise & Diabetes

How much do you exercise? If you’re like me, you’re probably saying “Not as much as I need to.” Studies have shown that regular exercise can significantly lower our A1C and help keep glucose numbers in check. But how much exercise is enough? Well, everyone’s body responds differently to exercise, but I’ve found that 45 … Continue reading Living With Type 2 Diabetes: Exercise & Diabetes

Type 2 Diabetes: Avoiding the Amputation

“Most of the amputations you see around here aren’t from the war; they are from diabetes.” These words still ring in my ears to this day, but I heard them more than a year ago by a military doctor. Amputations are just one of the serious consequences of diabetes but other than blindness; it is … Continue reading Type 2 Diabetes: Avoiding the Amputation