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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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: My Love-Hate Relationship With Food

I love carbohydrates, and sometimes, I hate carbohydrates. I think part of my love/hate relationship with food goes back to the days just before my diagnosis of type 1 as a teenager. At 18 years old, I was suddenly eating everything in sight as the hunger from my high blood sugar, due to undiagnosed diabetes, kicked in.  I lost more and more weight and became

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Diabetes Health Type 1: Running For The Olympics

Kate Hall is so close to the Olympics, and the track and field phenom is hoping that Iowa State University will be her ticket to the global playing field. Set to graduate from high school in May, Hall is both disciplined and determined, much of which comes from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes at age 10. Since she was one of the one in

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Stan Bush: Managing Type 2 Diabetes Without Drugs

Stan Bush wasn’t really surprised to find out he had type 2 diabetes. An unhealthy diet that regularly featured containers of ice cream before bed had left him primed for the disease. But how he handled the news was a surprise, at least to his doctor. Fittingly, the Georgia resident was about to embark on a personal empowerment program he called the “F words” (much

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You’ve Just Been Diagnosed With Type 2: Five Things to Keep in Mind

By Patrick Totty You’ve just been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It doesn’t matter whether your doctor looked you in the eyes with a kindly gaze when he dropped the bomb, or she just told you straight with no preliminaries: “you have diabetes.” If you’re feeling shell-shocked right now, it’s a perfectly normal reaction to news that has just turned your life upside down. Not

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: I Hear You, But I’m Not You

I’ve had type 1 diabetes for nearly 14 years. I have fallen off the wagon a few times, battled diabulimia, survived numerous insulin shock comas and ketoacidosis episodes, and struggled with acceptance: I have my scars. Despite these mistakes, I’ve picked myself up countless times and have prevailed. I’ve persevered with a disease that doesn’t take vacations for even a minute, and I’ve come out

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5 Tips for Not Dreading Teeth Cleaning

Despite incredible advances in dental technology over the past 50 years, many people still dread visits to the dentist-enough to put off going even when their teeth are throbbing with pain and their gums are oozing blood. That second condition, bleeding gums, is of particular importance to people who have diabetes. Because diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection and inflames tissues, gums can easily

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FDA Approves Two-In-One Diabetes Treatment For Type 2

By Brenda Neugent The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a two-in-one diabetes treatment that combines two type 2 treatments. Glyxambi combines empagliflozin, a sodium glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitor that blocks the absorption of excess glucose by the kidneys so it is released through urine, and linagliptin, a DPP-4 inhibitor that increases the production of insulin by the beta cells of the pancreas while reducing

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AskNadia: Five New Year’s Tips

This article is for all the people who have reached out to me about the holidays’ and the challenges they face during a festive season. My Reminder to You It’s tough enough to make it through the holidays without gaining weight. People with diabetes face a bigger challenge with holiday parties and family gatherings. An extra treat or carbohydrate food could-sky rocket a blood sugar

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