Diabetes Health Type 1: I am Like you Meagan When It Comes to The Cure

This guest post is by Mick, a diabeteshealth.com follower who is responding to How Do You Feel About All Those “Cures”, an article Meagan Esler wrote. Meagan, I’ve also been a type 1 diabetic for a number of years (36+ now) and well remember being told in about 1982-83 that a cure was “just around the corner”. Like yourself, I’m still waiting. (At that time

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Diabetes Health in The News Podcast: How Metformin Works in Gut Not Bloodstream

https://media.blubrry.com/diabeteshealthpodcast/p/www.diabeteshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Sep-8_-2015_-3_38_00-PM.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadClick here to listen to the audio version of   Diabetes Health In The News Researchers recently made a major breakthrough regarding metformin, the popular diabetes drug. In the past, researchers believed that this drug worked in the blood stream, but recent studies have found that it actually works in the gut. Clinical trials have determined that metformin works

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Illegally Sold Diabetes Treatments Are A Far-Reaching Problem

There are 26 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes, including about 7 million who are undiagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Millions more have pre-diabetes, meaning they have higher than normal blood sugar levels and can reduce their risks of developing diabetes through healthy lifestyle changes, including diet and exercise. “Products that promise an easy fix might be alluring,

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Actress S. Epatha Merkerson Brings Order to Her Diabetes

Award winning S. Epatha Merkerson, Television, film and stage actress, brings a new order to her diabetes management: Get to Your Goals Program, which encourages people with type 2 diabetes to know their A1C, set a goal and take action. 11 years ago Merkerson was at celebrity health event where good nutrition and exercise was demonstrated.  A medical team was also present.  They took her

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Diabetes Complications Worsen Outcomes in Foot, Ankle Surgery

Complications from diabetes increase the risk of infection after foot or ankle surgery, according to the results of a new study. Type 2 diabetes patients with complications including diabetic peripheral neuropathy or an A1C of 8 or higher were more likely to experience surgical site infections following foot or ankle surgery, researchers said. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and regional colleagues compared

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Transforming Your Suicidal Thoughts From Your Diabetes

Many people go through times when hopelessness takes them hostage. Drudgery and hardship engulf them on a daily basis. Suicidal thoughts start creeping in. The only relief they can imagine is ending their life, quickly. They feel they can no longer bear their imprisonment. Their mind drifts to family and friends; to the pain their suicide may cause. The question becomes, should they continue to

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CDC Reports Decline of Diabetes-Related Complications

While new cases of type 2 diabetes are rising rapidly, recent research shows that complications from the disease are on the decline.Research compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that over a 20-year period, rates of the five major complications associated with diabetes – heart attack, stroke, end-stage kidney failure, lower limb amputation and deaths from hyperglycemia – all saw drastic

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Dollars & Feet

A study published by the American Diabetes Association says Medicare pays an average of $11,170 for treatment of diabetic foot ulcers while private insurance doles out $16,883 for the same procedure. Diabetic foot ulcers are common complications as a result of high glucose levels impeding the immune system from doing its job of reaching the site of foot infections. This national study concludes a diabetic

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What Not to Say to the Newly Diagnosed

When I was first diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, I recall the numerous comments that people blurted out in an attempt to make me feel better about my situation.  But the truth was that I just needed to be treated like everyone else.  I was in the midst of a confusing, depressing, and life-altering diagnosis.  The last thing I needed was a pat on the

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My Greatest Diabetes Fear

When I think about my greatest diabetes-related fear, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t complications. It’s health benefits. It may seem funny that my fear of health problems is second to my concerns about health insurance, but without coverage my good health would be close to impossible to maintain. I’ve been without insurance three times in my seventeen years with type 1 diabetes.

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