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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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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Diabetes Health Type 2: Bike Maintenance as Body Maintenance

When first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago, I was scared into a very rigid regime of diet and exercise. The first thing I did was register for the Tour de Cure – a bike ride sponsored by the American Diabetes Association. Establishing a goal served as an incentive to train and exercise daily. Six months later, I had lost 25 pounds and

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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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A DH Classic: Halloween Is More Than Scary for Parents of Trick-or-Treaters with Diabetes

(Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in October 2008. Laura Plunkett’s observations are timeless, and her comments elicited several interesting responses from readers.) I drift through the Halloween aisles getting angry. Did they make up this holiday just to torture kids with diabetes? What happened to apples, popcorn, tricks, and homemade treats? Halloween scares me. It scares me even after seven years of helping

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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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Ready for a Diabetes Drug Tune-Up?

People with diabetes know the score. We’ve all seen “revolutionary” drugs and treatments introduced with fanfare, and we know that that much of the time they’re evolutionary at best. But something has changed in the world of diabetes care. Over the last decade or so, an array of new drugs has arrived. Drugs that promise real improvements for both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

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