Is Being a Plus-size a Feminist Issue?

By Nadia Al-Samarrie I recently went on a 7.8-mile trek to a beautiful place in Hood Mountain, nestled in the hills of Santa Rosa California. Overlooking a breath-taking view of Kenwood, Napa and Sonoma County, I felt as if I was floating in the sky on a suspended rock, 2,100 feet above sea level. Gunsight Rock, a coveted observation lookout, only fits two sitting people

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Diabetes Health Type 2: This Man Says That Tennis Helps Him Control Type 2 Diabetes

Emil Backofen didn’t have any relatives with Type 2 diabetes so he wasn’t keenly aware of it. When he was traveling in Europe 29 years ago, he felt very thirsty and didn’t know why. He went from fast food place to fast food place getting some extra-large cold drinks and they still weren’t satisfying his thirst.   It was during a hospitalization on that trip

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AskNadia: Type 1 Son Coming from Saudi Arabia to America

Dear Nadia, My son was diagnosed with T1 when he was eight years old. He has been living in Saudi Arabia and getting excellent medical care from the time of his diagnosis. He started using an insulin pump at the age of 9. He is now going to Pomona, California and enrolling in intensive English courses. I would like your recommendations for an excellent T1

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12 Tips for Traveling With Diabetes

Are you ready for a challenge? Then let’s take a trip together–just me, you, and diabetes. Another travel season is upon us, with all of the challenges and frustrations that it entails for those with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. It might not simple or easy to manage, but it should be rewarding if we handle it right. Here are 12 tips to get

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Travel: Getting Comfortable Outside Your Comfort Zone

If there’s a common word people with diabetes use when their blood sugar drops or goes high, it’s “routine”–as in, “Whenever I get away from my routine, that’s when I get into trouble.” For most of us, traveling isn’t part of our routine, so here are some suggestions to find that sought-after balance between “getting away” and “staying OK.” Hiking There are 17,000 miles of

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Keeping Your Feet Fit for Travel

You’re at your destination and ready to see what there is to see. The real question is this: Are you ready to walk? For people with diabetes, this can be a complicated question. Those who’ve dealt with the disease for many years may have some sort of problem with their feet. It doesn’t have to be major–possibly some mild nerve damage or extra calluses–but such

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9 Safe Driving Tips

An estimated 34 million Americans will be on the road during Labor Day weekend, many of them with type 2 diabetes. Road travel can interfere with blood sugar management and lead to low blood sugar, which can cause serious complications, such as loss of consciousness, if not treated quickly. In fact, according to a recent survey by the American College of Endocrinology, 37 percent of

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