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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AskNadia: High & Low Blood Sugars After Giving Birth

Dear Nadia: I’m having a lot of lows and highs that I can’t control. I just had a baby a little over 6 weeks ago and am wondering if that could be reason. Maribeth Dear Maribeth: The blood sugar fluctuations you are experiencing aren’t at all uncommon. Many new mothers experience blood glucose fluctuations. Your hormones could be all over the place, you’ve just finished

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Dancing to the Oldies for Health and Fitness

When Jacqueline “Jackie” Delts’ doctor told her in 2007 that she had Type 2 diabetes she made up her mind to manage it with medication and exercise. That’s exactly what she’s done for the last several years. Jackie, who is 65, volunteers at a senior center near her home and several times a week she takes exercise classes along with 15 other people. “I do

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Managing Diabetes After Retiring

Nine years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. My internist had ordered some standard blood tests plus the a1c and when the results came back he was concerned about an elevated a1c. Three months later my a1c was even higher so he started me on Metformin. I didn’t tolerate Metformin well so my doctor switched me to Glimepiride each morning and Januvia after

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Francisco Zepeda’s Dog Helps Him Manage His Type 2 Diabetes

Francisco Zepeda is a 54-year-old native of El Salvador who owns an insurance agency in San Francisco.  Type 2 diabetes runs in his family. He says, “My grandmother lived with diabetes for about 30 years, and my father has it as well. I heard about diabetes all that time, but I never thought that it was going to happen to me. And I still hope

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: A Rebellious Teenager Finds Team Type 1

I am excited to have this opportunity to write a diabetes-focused blog for Diabetes Health about living and thriving with type 1 diabetes. First of all, I am extremely passionate about racing road and mountain bicycles, running 5K runs and sprint triathlons, and doing other activities that I find to compete in for Team Type 1. But before I start blogging, I would like to

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Diabetes Health Type 1: Dancer Doesn’t Let Diabetes Interfere With Her Dreams

Erin Stapley has dreamed of becoming a professional dancer ever since age 10 when she auditioned for and made the Anchorage Ballet Company in Alaska. Though the 14-year-old was stunned by last year’s discovery she has type 1 diabetes; Stapley refuses to let the disease interfere with her dreams. She continues to train up to five hours a day, six days a week, besides maintaining

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Diabetes Health Type 1: Taking It One Step At A Time

Like many young people diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, my family and I were shocked when I was diagnosed. Granted, I felt hungry and thirsty no matter how much I ate and drank (classic symptoms), but we had no family history of the disease. When most people think of diabetes, they don’t conjure the image of an active 13-year old who weighs about 65 pounds.

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Living With Type 2 Diabetes: Under Control Without Meds For 25 Years

When Bonny Damocles was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, he asked his doctor if he could try diet and exercise before starting the recommended medications. Granted a reprieve, he immediately began the most grueling workout he could think of: running stairs. Because his export business allowed him to work from his Midland, Michigan home where he served as the primary caregiver for a son with

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Study Connects High-Intensity Leisure-Time Activity with Lower Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Researchers from Spain’s University of Navarra recently studied the effects of leisure-time activity when it comes to cardiovascular disease risk. Analyzing data from middle-aged adults as part of the SUN cohort, they found that the intensity of leisure-time physical activity affects cardiovascular disease incidence regardless of energy expenditure. The findings were based on a study of over 18,000 middle-aged adults with a mean age of

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