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: Doctors Using Technology to Help People With Diabetes

An online survey from Consumer Reports showed that the top complaint among 660 surveyed doctors was the failure of patients to follow advice or treatment recommendations. Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes can be effectively managed in most patients through diet, exercise and (in some cases) medication. People with diabetes often struggle to follow the orders prescribed by their doctors. People with diabetes express that they

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Type 2 Diabetes: Insulin as a First Resort

Here is a trend that could quickly go mainstream in the treatment of many type 2s: Insulin may become a first- rather than a last-resort drug. Traditionally the initial treatment for type 2 is a sulfonylurea and metformin. In most cases, this combination offers good control from increased insulin production (sulfonylurea) and decrease in liver-produced glucose (metformin). Inevitably, though, the drugs’ effectiveness begins to taper

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Diabetes Health: Get More Out of Your Doctor Visit

When you go to the doctor, it is important that you act as a good self-advocate by properly explaining your symptoms. However, since many people do not have medical training, it can sometimes be difficult to convey properly, exactly what we are feeling. This can sometimes result in you leaving your doctor’s office feeling frustrated and misunderstood. Fortunately, by learning how to communicate better, your

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Type 1: The Emotions That Come With Diabetes

Having diabetes can produce a whole series of feelings and emotions. Examining these “emotional aspects” will help us take care of ourselves both psychologically and physically. In this column, Daryn Stier addresses some of the issues that often arise among people with diabetes and their family and friends. How can I handle my insulin reactions without anybody’s help? Daryn: Being self-sufficient is the American ideal;

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Diabetes Health Type 2: Diabetes Diagnosis Forces Dance Champion to Focus on Health

Tony New was an eight-time country western dance champion before he lost his day job in 2012, starting a downward spiral that ultimately cost him the thing he loves most. “Losing the job meant less money, which meant fewer competitions, which meant less incentive to keep practicing, which meant increasing weight gain,” says the 52-year-old Texan. By summer 2014, weighing an all-time high of 332

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America’s Diabetes Challenge: One Celebrity’s Lesson About A1Cs

S. Epatha Merkerson is best known for her former role in the TV series Law and Order. Today you can see her on the popular show Chicago Med as the hospital administrator Sharon Goodwin. S. Epatha’s celebrity status does not take away from her passion in helping other people with diabetes learn more about their disease. She comes from a family with a history of

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My Lucky Day: An Offer to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

My eyes went directly to the advertisement, featuring a free gourmet meal and a promise to attendees to “discover the hidden secrets about how to potentially reverse your Type 2 diabetes.”  This was the most exciting thing I’d come across in some time and it was happening at a location near me.  Was this the answer?  I mean, who wants to pass up a free

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AskNadia: My Blood Sugar is 250 After Playing Hockey

Dear Nadia, My fasting blood sugar is 120.  After 30 minutes of playing hockey, it rises to 250. I am 52 years old. Should I continue playing hockey or not? Which exercise should I do to reduce my blood sugar level? Surinder Dear Surinder Only 39% of people with diabetes exercise. Congratulations on being part of the minority. Being active for 150 minutes a week

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