Letting people know that you have diabetes can be difficult. I’ve never felt the need to hide my diabetes from anyone. I don’t make a point of telling everyone I meet, but if there is a need to say something or it comes up, I talk about it openly. My hope is that if a […]
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After I started taking insulin injections, I had several people–acquaintances, nurses, doctors–suggest that I may want to consider using an insulin pump. At the time, I thought that the pump was something people who could not manage their diabetes went to as a last resort.
As part of managing our diabetes, we all have to have our blood drawn regularly. For some of you, it’s probably not a big deal. For me? It’s a big deal! I have always been a “tough stick.” Even when I was little and in the hospital a couple of times, I remember the nurses having to […]
The answer? Yes, I can — and so can you! Generally, adult-onset diabetes is not treated immediately with insulin injections. I was no different. The metformin and dietary changes helped at first–my A1c went down dramatically in just a few months. But as the newness of the diagnosis wore off, so did my fired-up motivation […]
The best we can do is the best we can do. Does that make sense? Making a serious lifestyle change — and trying to find your way after being diagnosed with a chronic illness requires one if you want to be healthy and live a long life — is a challenge at best.
It was 12 years ago in the winter and I remember it very clearly. My home phone rang on a Sunday afternoon, it was my Internal Medicine doctor calling to let me know he had just read my blood work results from earlier that week.
How’s your daily veggie intake? The American Diabetes Association recommends eating at least 3-5 servings of vegetables per day (but more if you can!) A single serving is equal to a cup of raw vegetables or a half cup of cooked vegetables/vegetable juice. We recommend getting at 30-60 grams of carbohydrate per meal, and we’ve […]
Not all fats are created equal — we’re here to help you figure out which ones you should get more of. Two healthy fats are monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat. These fats are good for your heart and cholesterol, in addition they help to manage your moods, fight fatigue, and control your weight. Where you’ll […]
Gestational diabetes is unlike Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, as it develops during a woman’s pregnancy and often goes away after delivery. While any complications during pregnancy — such as gestational diabetes — can be concerning, there are things that you can do to help manage and cope with gestational diabetes.
Smoking can raise your risk for heart attack or stroke, in addition to raising your blood pressure and cholesterol which can make it increasingly difficult to manage your diabetes. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. If you are a smoker, we know that you have a difficult road ahead of you–but we encourage you to […]