Diabetes Health: Doctors Using Technology to Help People With Diabetes

An online survey from Consumer Reports showed that the top complaint among 660 surveyed doctors was the failure of patients to follow advice or treatment recommendations. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes can be effectively managed in most patients through diet, exercise and (in some cases) medication. People with diabetes often struggle to follow the orders prescribed by their doctors. People with diabetes express that they

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Type 1: The Emotions That Come With Diabetes

Having diabetes can produce a whole series of feelings and emotions. Examining these “emotional aspects” will help us take care of ourselves both psychologically and physically. In this column, Daryn Stier addresses some of the issues that often arise among people with diabetes and their family and friends. How can I handle my insulin reactions without anybody’s help? Daryn: Being self-sufficient is the American ideal;

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Diabetes Health Type 1 & Type 2: Are You in?

If you frequent my site, then health is on the top of your list. Like me, you could be looking for inspiration or tips on how to manage your blood sugars, lose weight, fit exercise in or reach your A1c target. Every year I ask myself, how can I become the person I want to be? Are my goals realistic? Achievable? Which road should I

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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: 7 Behaviors You Need to Stop

Diabetes self-care is much more fun when I’m happy. It’s so much easier when I have a smile on my face. For a long time I thought negative emotions could be controlled or denied. I thought I could just put on a smile, and they would go away. But they didn’t. Then I ran across the work of David Reynolds Ph.D. In his book, “Pools

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Diabetes Health Tips for Taming Your Winter Allergies

By  Joan Lehach, MD As frigid temperatures and unusually snowy conditions over much of the nation continue to keep many Americans indoors, a veteran allergy expert reminds us that staying inside may keep us warm, but also gives us prolonged exposure to four powerful indoor allergens capable of triggering a variety of cold and flu-like symptoms. “If you experience more than nine days of continuing

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Diabetes Health Type 2 Diabetes: Staying Employed With Diabetes

Sometimes diabetes presents us with issues that can impact a lot more than our health. While most people think about improving their diet and exercise routine to stay healthy, I was motivated to improve my health so that I could stay employed. Being in the military required that I meet certain health standards and being diagnosed with diabetes presented me with a dilemma that I

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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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Type 2 Diabetes: What’s The Deal With Sugar-Free?

Have you ever stopped to compare the carbohydrate content of “sugar-free” products to regular sugared products? If you haven’t, you might be in for a surprise. While the word “sugar-free” sounds good and in-line with what we should be eating, I’ve found that words and numbers don’t always match. Many sugar-free products contain a sugar alcohol that consists of Malitol® and Sorbitol®, sugar substitutes. While

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