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Managing Your Diabetes

Diabetes is a complicated disease. It can affect many areas of your body as well as many areas of your life. What you eat, when you eat, treatments and medications, testing your blood glucose, exercising... all these play a role in successful management of diabetes. Your goal is to live a happy, healthy life with diabetes. My goal is to give you the resources to achieve your goal.
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Bret Michaels Diabetes – How Bret Michaels Rocks with Diabetes
Bret Michaels diabetes rock star. Learn how the former lead singer of Poison manages his life with diabetes with the right attitude and how he actually applies diabetes knowledge to management.

Diabetes and Valentines Day - Tips for Celebrating Valentines Day wit…
Celebrating Valentine's Day when you have type 2 diabetes, can be a challenge. Traditionally, Valentine's Day is all about candy, and romantic dinners, sinful desserts, and maybe a little wine, too. How do you maintain good blood sugar control when love... and chocolate... are in the air? What are your tips for a happy Valentine's Day?

Anthony Anderson Diabetes Transformation
Interview with Anthony Anderson. This actor, comedian and writer has Type 2 diabetes and has achieved a 40-pound weight loss. Learn the simple lifestyle changes he has made to gain better control over his diabetes.

How Do You Cope With Diabetes?
When you've had type 2 diabetes for a while, you know what to do. But sometimes the stress of dealing with diabetes management every day can cause a person to become "burned out." It helps to have some coping mechanisms in place to help you over the rough spots. How do you cope with your diabetes over the long haul?

Angie Stone Diabetes Diva
Interview with singer Angie Stone, diabetes diva. Angie stone has overcome many obstacles to get to where she is today and to gain control of her diabetes. Learn more about this diabetes powerhouse.

Coping with Type 2 Diabetes
Need some help coping with diabetes? When you've had type 2 diabetes for a while, you've got the daily planning, the lifestyle changes and the meds down pat. Diabetes management is something that always has to be dealt with, in most aspects of your life. But how do you cope for the long haul?

Check List for Diabetes Check Ups
People with diabetes should have follow-up exams and routine tests at regular intervals to protect against long-term complications and other health problems. Retinopathy, neuropathy and nephrostomy are long term complications but patients need to be aware of other health risks that go along with a diagnosis of diabetes, including heart disease and strokes.

Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms and Diagnosis: What to Look For and …
What are the symptoms of type 2 diabetes? How do you know you have it? How is diabetes diagnosed? Learn what to look for, and more importantly, what to do if you are diagnosed with diabetes.

Coping with Type 2 Diabetes - How to Cope With Type 2 Diabetes
Have you had type 2 diabetes for a while? Have you got your diabetes maintenance under control? What advice would you give someone who was just diagnosed?

Save Money on Health Care Costs
What can you do to save money on your health care costs? Diabetes can be a difficult disease to manage because so much of the care falls on the person who has it. But the flip side of this is that you also have a lot of control over how the disease affects you. And that can save you healthcare dollars in the long run.

Getting Started With Your Diabetes Management
Good diabetes management requires many different treatments and strategies in order to be effective. All these changes can seem overwhelming at first, but when all that information is broken down into easy to understand categories, you can begin to get a handle on it. Here's what you need to know.

The Ups and Downs of Blood Sugar
Blood glucose levels fluctuate all the time, depending on many factors. The trick is to keep them from going too low or too high. If you are aware of the kinds of things that can affect your blood sugar, it's easier to keep it under control.

To Lose Weight and Save Money, Cook at Home
One of the tools for managing Type 2 diabetes is a healthy diet. But staying on that diet can be hard if you eat at restaurants a lot. Cooking at home can really help you control your calories, carbs and fat grams. And now that the economy is spiraling, it's also wise to eat at home, just to save money.

How to Fit a Healthy Breakfast in to Your Busy Day
People are busy these days. Everybody has more than they can handle, juggling jobs, families, kids, etc. Convenience foods and fast food meals can be real time-savers -- but at what cost to your health? If you have type 2 diabetes, you owe it to yourself to eat healthy, nutritious meals, especially at breakfast time.

Can Cinnamon Help Lower Blood Glucose and Cholesterol?
There has been a lot of talk these days about cinnamon. According to some studies, cinnamon may improve blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with Type 2 diabetes. Based on those studies, it seems that cinnamon may lower blood glucose, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in people with Type 2 diabetes.

Loving Valentine's Day Even with Type 2 Diabetes
If you have diabetes, Valentine's Day can be a double-edged sword. Who doesn't want to give and receive a big box of chocolates? What can you do to enjoy the holiday without falling head first in to a candy box? Bump up the romance and enjoy the holiday.

Real Life with Type 2 Diabetes
In the third installment of Real Life with Diabetes, Jim has decided that he needs to get serious about his health. Smoking, being overweight and not exercising are all detrimental to his health, especially since his diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. What are the signs of diabetes? How is Jim coping?

Real Life with Type 2 Diabetes
Meet Jim, a 61-year-old registered nurse who was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. We'll follow Jim for a year and document his story of living with diabetes. Jim shares his experiences, successes and setbacks, as he learns to manage his diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes in the Real World
Hearing about living with type 2 diabetes from people with type 2 diabetes themselves can help you better understand the disease. Meet Jim, a 61-year-old registered nurse who was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Type 2 Diabetes Toolbox
If you've been diagnosed with diabetes, then you know how overwhelming it can feel at first. There's a lot to do and a lot to learn. This toolbox will provide you with a good place to start as you learn about managing your diabetes.

What Should My Diabetes Goals Be?
People with diabetes or prediabetes are responsible for much of their care, which can be a daunting process. However, self-care can be made easier by setting diabetes goals for blood sugar levels, weight loss, exercise and for control of other health risks.

Using a Checklist to Manage Diabetes
Checklists are useful tools that help people with diabetes effectively manage their disease by keeping track of test results, general health goals, questions to ask a doctor and more.

Adjusting Your Insulin
Tight blood glucose control is essential to good diabetes management. The two basic tools for this goal are checking and recording a patient’s blood glucose levels, and then adjusting his or her insulin accordingly. These adjustments require knowledge and some expertise.

Insulin: Who Needs It and Who Doesn’t?
People with type 1 diabetes require supplemental insulin because their bodies can no longer produce insulin themselves. However, type 2 diabetes is different. Less than one third of those with type 2 diabetes take insulin. The CDC puts the number at about 28%.

Assembling Your Own Personal Healthcare Team
Diabetes is a disease with many faces. Diet and exercise, eye care and foot care, keeping track of blood glucose levels, medications and insulin: all of this has to be juggled by one person - you. Having a team of professionals to help you can make the whole thing a lot easier. Who do you need on your team?

5 Good Reasons To Check Your Blood Sugar
Managing diabetes is all about balance. People with diabetes have to balance food, medication and exercise to keep blood sugar levels in an acceptable range because their bodies can no longer do it for them. Regular self-monitoring of blood glucose levels (SMBG) gives you a handle on where your blood sugar levels are.

What To Do When You're Sick
When you're sick with a stomach bug or flu, it's hard to keep a good schedule for eating and taking medications, especially when you can't keep anything down. What's the best way to handle a sick day?

How Does Your Doctor Diagnose Type 2 Diabetes?
How do you find out that you have Type 2 diabetes? Often, because there may not be noticeable symptoms, the diagnosis is made during an annual physical or checkup.

What’s the Big Deal? Denying a Diagnosis of Diabetes
It’s not unusual for someone who has been diagnosed with diabetes or any chronic health condition to go through a period of denial. Psychologists say denial is a way for people to cope with something when they’re not quite ready to face it.

Dilated Eye Exam and Diabetes
Have you had a comprehensive dilated eye exam or planning to have one? Learn what happens during the exam and how this examination can help preserve your sight.

Don't Forget Your Diabetes Check-ups
Even if your diabetes is in total control, you can still have complications that may go unnoticed. That's why regular medical check-ups are imperative.

For Diabetics, Honesty is the Best Policy
People who lie to their health care providers do so for many reasons. Some patients lie so they’ll appear to be “good” patients. Some lie to avoid being judged. Some lie because they don’t want to admit a bad habit to themselves, let alone to their health care providers. Regardless of their motive, diabetics sometime forget that honesty and health go hand in hand.

Summer Time Tips and Diabetes
Summer is the time of year to enjoy being outdoors, but when summer arrives, so do high temperatures and humidity. People with chronic conditions have to be even more careful in the heat than usual, especially with diabetes.

Top 10 Foot Care Tips
People with diabetes have an increased risk for infections, expecially in their feet. Decreased circulation and changes in the blood vessels in the extremities can cause healing to be delayed. Complications can be devastating,

To Control Diabetes, Turn Off the TV
Diabetes risk increases 14% for every 2 hours a day spent watching TV, according to a 2003 study of women published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Smoking Cessation and Diabetes
Smoking-related cardiovascular problems include high blood pressure, heart attack, high cholesterol, and peripheral vascular disease (claudication). Smoking also causes insulin resistance in both diabetic and nondiabetic people.

Holiday Eating and Type 2 Diabetes
The holidays are here, and with their arrival comes a virtual onslaught of sugary, high calorie temptation. Thanksgiving Day can feel like the start of a horse race. The starter pistol fires and off we go, racing through an obstacle course of side dishes, gravies, sauces, pies, cookies, and candy. It's How can you keep your blood glucose levels out of the stratosphere and stay on your eating plan?

Alternative Treatments for Diabetes
People throughout the world have used indigenous plants and herbs to treat conditions like diabetes for centuries. Many of these remedies are now being scientifically tested to determine if they are, in fact, useful in treating diabetes.

Cross-Training for Diabetes
Cross-training is just a fancy term for adding variety to an exercise plan by doing different activities on different days. And people who have diabetes really can’t exercise just once in a while. To control blood sugar and reduce the risk of diabetes complications, people managing diabetes make exercise a regular part of their lifestyles.

Muffin Nation - Expanding Portion Sizes in America
Food is getting bigger. Americans are getting bigger, too, according to recent statistics. Is there a correlation? It seems like it to me. Back when I was a kid, a muffin was a smallish treat, usually home baked. A homemade blueberry muffin is about 100 calories and 6 grams of fat, depending on the recipe. Today's purchased muffins are twice or three times that size. Why is everything getting bigger?

Christopher Thomas, the Diabetic Rockstar
Christopher Thomas was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in May 2007. Since then, he's completely changed his life and started diabeticrockstar.com, a website for people with diabetes geared toward raising funds for those who can't afford their diabetes medication and supplies.

Can I Deduct My Medical Expenses?
Medical bills for a chronic disease like diabetes can really add up. What can you do if your bills are more than your insurance will cover? If your bills are more than 7.5% of your adjusted gross income, you can deduct many of your medical expenses off your taxes. Both medical and dental deductions are allowed.

Navigating the Buffet Line
Maintaining a healthy weight is a cornerstone of diabetes management. Weight loss is also the number one defense against insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome. Diets are one thing, but what if you want to eat out? It's not so easy to control what you eat in a restaurant.

HIPAA and Your Private Medical Information
HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). It means that your private health information is protected by federal law. You have rights regarding your personal information and it provides specific rules and regulations on who may have access to it.

The ADA asks, "Who's On Your Health Team?"
The American Diabetes Association helps diabetes patients assemble the best healthcare team possible to help manage the many aspects of their disease.

Making Sure You Get Quality Healthcare
How do you navigate the choppy waters of health insurance without going under? The Joslin Diabetes Center has great ideas to help you understand the changing healthcare scene.

Diabetes and Obesity
A verbal kick in the rear for taking control over your diabetes and obesity management...and resource links to helpful diabetic diet articles.

The Health Benefits of Almonds
The health benefits of almonds include reduced cholesterol levels and insulin sensitivity. Try these tips for adding almonds to your meal plan...

Counting Calories & Counting Carbs
While it is very important for type 2 diabetics, and people trying to lose weight, to have an awareness about both calories and carbs, there are also reasons why counting too much can derail well-intentioned diet plans.

Reader Reviews of Diabetes Phone Apps
Phone apps can make life a lot easier. Read reader reviews on diabetes phone apps that have been found to be handy or just duds. See submissions

How to Give Yourself a Diabetes Education
If you have Type 2 diabetes or at high risk, the best gift you can give yourself is a diabetes education. Here are some tips on how to educate yourself.

What is the eAG Test?
Wondering what the eAG Test is? Chances are, you are probably already very familiar with this test.

Quick HbA1c Facts
Quick facts about a hot topic among people with diabetes, the HbA1c test (also known as A1c). Find out the what, why, how, where, and when.

A1c to eAG Conversion Chart
Quick information and a handy A1c to eAG Conversion Chart.

Practical Everyday Tips for Diabetes
Practical everyday tips for diabetes to make life a little easier. Here are some of my favorite tips.

Practical Diabetes Tips - Practical Diabetes Tips from Readers
Readers share their practical diabetes tips, little things that make diabetes management and life a little easier.

Six Celebrities with Diabetes
A list of people with diabetes who have Type 2 diabetes and are some of the highest profile celebrities who have been public about their life with diabetes.

Dogs for Diabetes
Dogs really are man's best friend. They provide companionship and service. I'm sure you have heard of dogs for diabetes patients. Some are trained. Some have a natural ability and desire to sense when hypoglycemia is developing. This is my story of how my dog saved not only my life, but that of my unborn son when I was pregnant with diabetes.

Your Dogs for Diabetics Stories and Pictures
I have shared my story about my dog who had a natural ability to sense low blood sugar episodes. Now, I am asking for your stories of your own dogs for diabetics or trained service dogs for diabetes. Have another type of animal who has helped you? Please share your story and picture.

A Living with Diabetes Story - John Mares
From punk rocker to accountant, John Mares has had quite a life journey that includes living with diabetes. Read his diabetes story and how he went from depressed and angry to beating diabetes.

Diabetes Lifestyle Changes
The right diabetes lifestyle changes can make type 2 diabetes management easier and give you a better quality of life. These changes pack a much more powerful punch than medication alone. Learn effective strategies and also a little secret to overcoming the extra challenges diabetes may present.

Diabetes Scams to Avoid
As if having diabetes isn't challenging enough, you also have to worry about people taking advantage of it. Protect yourself by learning about diabetes scams.

What to Do If You Are Tired of Diabetes
Has diabetes got you down? So much that you don't want to take care of yourself? Here are some suggestions if you are tired of diabetes and want to take some baby steps in the right direction.

What is the Best Blood Sugar Meter
Looking for the best blood sugar meter? What makes a meter great or the top choice for you? Here are some tips for finding a meter you love.

Maintain Weight and Blood Sugars During the Holiday Season

Five Apps You Want to Know About if You Have Diabetes
Top five apps for diabetes, functions include: blood glucose control and logging, diabetic recipes, weight management, carbohydrate counting.

Diabetes Conversation Map Class
Diabetes Self Management Group Classes, Diabetes Conversation Map

Are You Avoiding Testing Your Sugar Because It's Painful?
Five tips for easy blood glucose monitoring. Learn how to test your blood sugars with ease and without pain.

Continuous Glucose Monitor
Continuous Glucose Monitors, how to recognize high and low blood sugars. Hypoglycemia unawareness.

What Is an Insulin Patch Pump?
The V-Go - a disposable insulin delivery system - no more pens, vials, or syringes.

Diabetes and Foot Care for Summer
How to keep feet looking healthy and pretty for summer. Why you should avoid nail salons and bare feet at the beach.

5 Benefits of Keeping a Log Book

How to Eat When on Vacation

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