Life With Type 2: Oh, Happy Surprises!

The other day, sitting in the shade and scratching my dog’s ears, I thought about some of the surprising developments over the past few in treating and managing type 2 diabetes. By surprising, I mean unexpected, unanticipated, serendipitous things that came out of research labs and hospitals from studies that started focused on one outcome but later were found to have some happy side effects.

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Type 1 Diabetes: Afraid of the Dark

One of the scariest moments of my diabetes life, so far, happened recently. Just a few months ago, after an intense cardio workout, I experienced something terrifying. It was so scary, it left me shaking, sobbing, and curled up like a baby in my husband’s arms. I lost vision in my left eye. The fact that I lost my vision was confusing, because my glucose

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Setting Diabetes Goals

A big part of managing your diabetes revolves around goal setting. Whether it be sticking to a healthier diet, staying on track with an exercise routine, or cutting back on carbs; everything must start with a goal. It’s almost impossible to quit something cold turkey without a “weaning off” period. It is often during this weaning period that we fly high or crash and burn

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Blinded By Diabetes

I will never forget the thought that ran through my head when a 40-something-year-old blind fisherman walked up and started fishing next to me on a North Carolina pier. Through talking to the guy, I learned that he had once been a Volkswagen mechanic but lost his sight and his job due to diabetes. He wasn’t just partially blind; he was totally blind and thought

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AskNadia: My Husband Wants Me to Ignore My Diabetes When on Vacation

Dear Nadia, I have Type 2 Diabetes. I have been trying to manage things with diet and exercise. I was doing very well until we went on vacation and my husband ragged on me about it. He wanted me to indulge in the “good stuff” with him. I came away from three weeks of indulgence to feeling like hell. I am now trying to get

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Research Report: Older Adults with Diabetes at Increased Risk for Memory Problems

https://media.blubrry.com/diabeteshealthpodcast/p/www.diabeteshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/DH-Wed-Sep-28_-2016_-1_17_44-PM.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadClick here to listen to today’s Diabetes Health in the News Podcast! New research has found that adults with diabetes could be at risk of episodic memory problems, especially when the disease is poorly controlled. Episodic memory loss involves problems with specific event recall, and it can affect both recent and long-term memories. This study examined memory tests completed

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Diabetes Health in The News: Congenital Heart Disease Increases Adult Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Researchers have recently found that patients over 30 years old with congenital heart disease are at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. This Danish study analyzed about 5,150 individuals born between 1963-1980 who lived with congenital heart disease until  30 years old. Findings from this study showed that adults with heart disease, in particular, cyanotic congenital heart disease, were at a higher risk

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Diabetes Health in The News: FDA Expands Coverage for Lilly, Boehringer Diabetes Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved an expanded form for Synjardy, a drug produced by Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly. Also known as empagliflozin/metformin hydrochloride, Synardy is now approved for use as an adjunctive treatment. When used along with exercise and an improved diet, it is believed that the drug can improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes who haven’t

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In the Trenches: Diabetes Dad

Unfair insurance practices. Fundraising for diabetes causes. New laws needed to protect the rights of people with T1D. Patients dying, or becoming seriously ill, because of the missed diagnosis of T1D. Schools not understanding their students facing T1D. Diabetes in third world countries. People unable to afford diabetes supplies. Supplies covered (or not covered) by Medicare/Medicaid. Meter accuracy. Camps. Diabetes education. The list is almost

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