Diabetes Health Type 2: Incorporating Exercise Into His Day Is Key for Daniel Gimple

By Claire Lynch   Daniel Gimple was having a dry mouth and wasn’t sure what was causing it. He stopped at an Urgent Care center after work one day last year and discovered some very high blood sugar levels. An ambulance was called and Daniel was hospitalized for five days.   He didn’t know his complete medical history because he was adopted. After being told

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Diabetes Health Type 2: This Creative Woman Makes Time for Exercise

Dawn Andrews suggests that anyone newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes check their blood sugar numbers often to get an idea of what foods they can tolerate and which ones create spikes. She always wrote them down in a log and analyzed what she had eaten. Dawn, 72, was diagnosed at age 50 by her physician during a routine physical. Her highest A1C was 7.1

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Losing Weight Is Key in Managing Type 2 Diabetes

When Donald “Buddy” Worrell was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago he wasn’t surprised. His doctor had been sending him for blood tests every three months because he was taking cholesterol-lowering statins and they saw his A1C creeping up.   Once it went over 6.5 his doctor said that he was diabetic and started him on Metformin. “He also encouraged me to start

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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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Diabetes Health Type 2: One Retired Nuclear Pipefitter Talks About His Diabetes

Francis “Frankie” Jacobs went to a routine checkup with his doctor three years ago and after the blood work came back his doctor told him that he had Type 2 diabetes. Surprised, Frankie says, “I had no idea that I was a diabetic. I had no warning symptoms and I didn’t have any family history of diabetes. The only exception I knew about in my

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AskNadia: High & Low Blood Sugars After Giving Birth

Dear Nadia: I’m having a lot of lows and highs that I can’t control. I just had a baby a little over 6 weeks ago and am wondering if that could be reason. Maribeth Dear Maribeth: The blood sugar fluctuations you are experiencing aren’t at all uncommon. Many new mothers experience blood glucose fluctuations. Your hormones could be all over the place, you’ve just finished

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Dancing to the Oldies for Health and Fitness

When Jacqueline “Jackie” Delts’ doctor told her in 2007 that she had Type 2 diabetes she made up her mind to manage it with medication and exercise. That’s exactly what she’s done for the last several years. Jackie, who is 65, volunteers at a senior center near her home and several times a week she takes exercise classes along with 15 other people. “I do

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Managing Diabetes After Retiring

Nine years ago I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. My internist had ordered some standard blood tests plus the a1c and when the results came back he was concerned about an elevated a1c. Three months later my a1c was even higher so he started me on Metformin. I didn’t tolerate Metformin well so my doctor switched me to Glimepiride each morning and Januvia after

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Francisco Zepeda’s Dog Helps Him Manage His Type 2 Diabetes

Francisco Zepeda is a 54-year-old native of El Salvador who owns an insurance agency in San Francisco.  Type 2 diabetes runs in his family. He says, “My grandmother lived with diabetes for about 30 years, and my father has it as well. I heard about diabetes all that time, but I never thought that it was going to happen to me. And I still hope

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Living With Type 1 Diabetes: A Rebellious Teenager Finds Team Type 1

I am excited to have this opportunity to write a diabetes-focused blog for Diabetes Health about living and thriving with type 1 diabetes. First of all, I am extremely passionate about racing road and mountain bicycles, running 5K runs and sprint triathlons, and doing other activities that I find to compete in for Team Type 1. But before I start blogging, I would like to

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