How Does Nicotine Affect Blood Sugar?
Nicotine can make your blood sugar level go up or down. The chemical alters the way your body can use glucose, the sugar in your blood that fuels your cells. It could raise your odds of getting type 2 diabetes, and it can make your diabetes worse. On the flip side, nicotine may cause severe […]
How Can I Improve My Mental/Emotional Health With Diabetes?
When you find out you have diabetes, you may focus on treating the body. That makes sense, since it’s the most pressing need. But the news also can trigger intense feelings. If you’ve had diabetes for a while, you know that’s just the start of an emotional journey. People with diabetes are more likely to […]
Do I Need a Nutritionist or Dietitian?
If you have diabetes, what you eat can have a big impact on your health. The right diet can help steady your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Eating well can also keep you at a healthy weight. But it’s more than just eating the right foods (fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, some dairy) and […]
Managing Your Child’s Type 2 Diabetes at Home and School
When you find out your child has type 2 diabetes, you’ll have a lot of information to take in. To get your head around it, it helps to break it down into smaller pieces. Managing diabetes comes down to four things: Keeping track of blood sugar levels Eating healthy Exercising every day Taking medication as directed How […]
Do I Need to Change My Type 2 Diabetes Medication?
Type 2 diabetes medications offer many options to manage your blood sugar (also known as blood glucose). But if your current treatment isn’t getting the job done or doesn’t feel right for you, talk to your doctor. She may tell you it’s time to change your treatment plan. High Blood Sugar It’s important to keep […]
Can a Home Health Aide Help You Manage Diabetes?
If you have type 2 diabetes, a home health aide can help you manage your condition and lend a hand with other health problems. It might be a good choice for you if you need someone to come to your house to assist you in things like taking your daily meds or doing some everyday […]
Do I Need a Diabetes Life Coach?
If managing your type 2 diabetes is starting to feel like a full-time job, a life coach could be for you. He can work with you to make lifestyle tweaks that can help bring your condition under control. The Difference Between a Diabetes Educator and a Life Coach You may have heard your doctor talk […]
Side Effects and Interactions of Diabetes Drugs
Diabetes drugs can be a great way to keep your blood sugar levels from getting out of whack. But they can sometimes cause side effects or may not mix well with other medicines you take. Talk to your doctor about what you need to watch out for. Side effects can range from an upset stomach […]
Type 2 Diabetes: How Does Race Make a Difference?
You may know that your chances of having diabetes go up if you’re overweight, don’t exercise, and have high blood pressure. But did you know your odds can also be tied to your race and ethnicity — even your family’s country of origin? Everyone is different, and there are many things that can affect your […]
Should I Apply for Disability If I Have Diabetes?
The effects of your type 2 diabetes can make you eligible for disability benefits if you’re not able to work. Not everyone who has diabetes qualifies. Even if you do, applying for benefits can be a long, complicated process. What Are Disability Benefits? There are two kinds: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This type provides […]