The Basics of a Healthy Diabetes Diet

If you have diabetes, the right foods can be an ally in your fight to keep your blood sugar levels in check. Talk to your doctor, a registered dietitian, or a diabetes educator about how to keep track of how many carbs you eat. That can affect your blood sugar. They may recommend that you...

How to Help Your Diabetes Medications Work Better

Want to get an extra boost from your meds? Healthy changes in your life may help the drugs you take to do a better job of bringing your type 2 diabetes under control, says Richard Siegel, MD, co-director of the Diabetes Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. You might even be able to...

What Medicines Can Make Your Blood Sugar Spike?

If you have diabetes or high blood sugar, you probably know some of the things that cause your glucose (another name for blood sugar) to go up. Like a meal with too many carbohydrates, or not enough exercise. But other medicines you might take to keep yourself healthy can cause a spike, too. Know Your Meds Medicines you get with a...

Diabetes and Anemia: What You Need to Know

If you have diabetes, you’ll need to have your blood checked regularly for anemia. It’s common for people with diabetes to also end up with this blood condition. It happens when your body’s red blood cells can’t deliver as much oxygen as your body needs. If you spot anemia early on, you can better...

The Ways My Little Dog, Noodle, Helped Me With My Diabetes

Our darling mini-schnauzer, Noodle Rush, passed away last week. Noodle was more than my first dog; she was my partner in diabetes care. Named after one of my favorite carbohydrates, from her very first snuffle into our lives she began to train me with regular walks and daily rituals that kept my sugars low and...

New Therapy Could Protect Diabetic Bones

A drug that can reverse diabetes and obesity in mice may have an unexpected benefit: strengthening bones. Experiments with a compound called TNP (2,4,6-trinitrophenol, which is also known as picric acid), which researchers often use to study obesity and diabetes, show that in mice the therapy can promote the formation of new bone. That’s...

Updates Recommendations for Managing Hypertension in Diabetes

Standing blood pressure (BP) should be measured in patients with diabetes at every routine clinic visit to assess both autonomic functions as well as potential volume depletion, according to new recommendations from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). There is "unequivocal evidence" that supports targeting BP goal to <140/90 mm Hg in most adults with diabetes,...

We are headed for diabetes, and we don’t even know it

Roughly one-third of Americans — or more than 84 million people — have prediabetes, and most have no idea. A simple blood test can detect prediabetes, a condition marked by higher-than-normal blood sugar. Changes in lifestyle — including eating and exercise habits — can often stop the onset of full-blown type 2 diabetes,...

Learn when to bolus and pre-bolus for your meals

In 2014, Reddit user Sideburnt requested help figuring out when to bolus for a meal. Redditors came back with a wide range of responses, reminding us that everybody’s body and everybody’s diabetes is a little bit different. We all react differently to food and boluses. So don’t get discouraged if you feel like you can’t get bolus...

Do You Speak Diabetes Slang?

Dead strips, bat belt, Carbonese. What do all of these strange words have in common? They are slang wordsinvented to describe different aspects of diabetes, its symptoms, and the tools and techniques used to treat it. In the quiz below, you’ll be given a variety of odd-sounding words and asked to match them to the proper definition....
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