Life with Type 2: Big D, Meet Little D

When you are first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, all that you hear about it from your doctor is a standard description of what I call “Big Diabetes.” Big D is the classic list of symptoms, common to everybody who develops type 2: thirst, increased urination, blurred vision, fatigue, and so on. It’s an “everybody’s-in-the-same-boat” disease. But there’s another D that appears after a few

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Holiday Classic: A Diabetic Chihuahua Is a Child’s Christmas Angel

(Editor’s Note:This article originally ran in Diabetes Health on January 27, 2008.) Eight-year-old Olivia Miller asked for a Chihuahua for Christmas, but what she received was far more precious than just any pet. That’s because Olivia and her new little dog both have diabetes and today they comfort and encourage each other through the rigors of dealing with the disease. Olivia’s family adopted the special-needs

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Learn To Control Your Diabetes, Before It Controls You

A Diabetes Health Classic. This article originally was published on June 20, 2007. Late one evening while watching TV with my husband Phil, I reminded him to check his glucose level. His reply was the usual: “I’ll do it later.” Knowing him as I do, I was frustrated. He has the tendency to procrastinate, so I chose a different approach. “Why don’t you check mine,

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Type 2 Comedian Drew Carey Sheds 80 Pounds, Says No-Carb Diet Did It

Keep a close eye on this story. It has two elements necessary for creating a lot of buzz: a celebrity and his unconventional “cure” for a disease.  People magazine reports that comedian Drew Carey says he has stopped his type 2 diabetes – and the need to take any medications for it – by shedding 80 pounds through a diet in which he almost totally

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Q&A: How to Lower your Blood Sugar when it’s Over 200 mg/dl

Q: How do I lower my blood sugar when it goes over 200 mg/dl? I have Type 2 diabetes. A: An excellent question, but a complicated one to answer. Your doctor or nurse educator should be contacted any time your blood sugar runs consistently higher than 250 mg/dl for more than two days. When a person with Type 2 diabetes encounters a high blood sugar,

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Cutting Calories? Weight Loss Might Take Time

Your dietitian is misleading you. That’s the takeaway from an article published recently in the medical journal The Lancet. The rules of thumb that you’ve been given are wrong. And losing weight quickly and easily by cutting a few hundred calories a day just doesn’t happen, scientists say. Dieters are often told that if they cut 500 calories a day, they will lose a pound a

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