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  • The Gym and Type 2 Diabetes

    If you have type 2 diabetes, staying active is important. Exercise lowers your blood sugar. It also helps your cells use insulin, the hormone that helps your body process blood sugar. If you make exercise a regular part of your life, it can even lower your A1c. Any type of movement can help. Your doctor […]

  • Do Needles Make You Nervous? Try This

    You’ve never liked getting shots. They make you anxious. The sight of a needle alone is enough to make you squirm. If any of these describes you, being told you’ll have to start giving yourself shots might fill you with dread. Whether you need to give yourself insulin or some other drug, injecting yourself is […]

  • What Does a Diabetes Doctor Do?

    Endocrinologists are doctors who specialize in glands and the hormones they make. They deal with metabolism, or all the biochemical processes that make your body work, including how your body changes food into energy and how it grows. They may work with adults or kids. When they specialize in treating children, they’re called pediatric endocrinologists. […]

  • Meds That Can Spike Your Blood Sugar

    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 […]

  • How Sleep Affects Blood Sugar

    Your sleep habits can affect many things about your health — your weight, your immune system, even how well your brain works. But it also plays a key role in controlling your blood sugar (or glucose), which affects your chances of getting diabetes. What Happens to Blood Sugar While You Sleep? It’s tied to whether […]

  • How Do I Know if I Have Diabetes Complications?

    If you have diabetes, it’s important to watch out for complications that can cause problems in your feet, eyes, kidneys, and other spots in your body. Your doctor may suggest tests that can show if you’ve got signs of conditions like neuropathy, diabetic eye disease, or kidney damage. An early diagnosis can help you keep […]

  • What Is Fournier’s Gangrene?

    When many people hear the term “gangrene,” they may think of toes or fingers being affected by hypothermia, which means the person’s body temperature has dropped, and remained, below 95 degrees. But with Fournier’s gangrene, your genitals and the area around them are affected. And hypothermia doesn’t cause it. Gangrene happens when body tissue is […]

  • What Diabetes Supplies and Devices Do I Need?

    You’re back home from the doctor and the news is starting to sink in: You’ve got diabetes and need to get your blood sugar levels under control. As you wrap your mind around the changes you have to make, spend a little time scoping out the devices and supplies that help keep your disease in […]

  • Helping a Loved One With Diabetes

    Diabetes can be a demanding disease to manage. People who have the condition must constantly watch what they eat, check their blood sugar levels regularly, and take medication to keep those levels steady. If you’re close to someone who has diabetes, there are ways you can help. Learn about the disease. There are lots of […]

  • When Type 1 Diabetes Grows Up: What Adults Need to Know

    You might think of type 1 diabetes as a young person’s disease. It was once known as juvenile diabetes, and most people are diagnosed with it as children or teens. But about a quarter of people with type 1 aren’t diagnosed until they’re adults — some as late as age 80 or 90. There’s no […]

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