For the 1.25 million Americans living with Type 1 diabetes, insulin therapy is a daily necessity. But, researchers are now getting close to changing that. By many accounts, the first recorded mention of diabetes was more than 3,500 years ago in 1552 BC. Despite this centuries-long presence, it was not until 1922 that doctors first … Continue reading An insulin shot-free future for Type 1 diabetics?
If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, you are likely aware you’re at risk of developing heart disease. But you may not realize how strongly the two are correlated — according to the American Diabetes Association, two out of every three people with diabetes die from heart disease or stroke. With those kinds of numbers, … Continue reading If you have diabetes, you need to protect your heart
Because I work on the social media team for Baylor Scott & White Health, I often have the opportunity to share people’s stories. Powerful stories, sad stories, inspiring stories, stories with a purpose. It’s always a privilege to write them. But this time, I have the opportunity to tell a different kind of story — … Continue reading Why I’m thankful for Type 1 diabetes
For a group of nurses at Scott & White Medical Center – Temple, a simple idea to improve patient care turned into something much bigger. Over a year ago, they were asked to share their thoughts on how to improve their unit. One need stood out above the rest — diabetes education. They kept seeing … Continue reading Nurses empower patients to take charge of diabetes care
Transitioning from summer break back into school can be difficult for any child, but for those with Type 1 diabetes, school presents additional challenges. Beyond gathering school supplies and picking out a first-day-of-school outfit, parents often stress about how to make sure their child will be safe and healthy while at school. Managing Type 1 … Continue reading Back to school with Type 1 diabetes
Many weight loss stories out there closely resemble fairy tales. The star reaches their weight loss goal and then the credits roll. Sure, the “happily ever after” is fun to read about. It may even motivate us for a few weeks. But for many, the weight loss fairy tale can turn into a recurring nightmare. … Continue reading A healthy lifestyle starts by changing behavior
Diabetes is a condition that can be detrimental to your feet. If you have diabetes, regular foot care is necessary to prevent serious problems. Giving special attention to your feet can help you prevent foot problems that could lead to the loss of a toe, foot or leg. Follow these 12 tips to take care of your … Continue reading 12 foot care tips for diabetics
November is Diabetes Month, and according to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. Diabetes Mellitus is a cardiovascular disease. When a person with diabetes mellitus has persistently elevated glucose levels above 180 mg/dl (Hemoglobin A1c at or greater than 8.0%), complications to the small blood … Continue reading 4 things to watch for if your diabetes goes unchecked
Dialysis and kidney transplantation are treatments for severe kidney failure. When kidneys are no longer working effectively, waste products and fluid build up in the blood. When they fail – often because of diabetes, high blood pressure or hereditary conditions – the damage can spread to other parts of the body. There is a shortage … Continue reading Dialysis or transplant? During kidney failure, know your options
Adjustments in your daily lifestyle can have a dramatic effect on risks and complications of heart disease and diabetes. This includes losing weight, quitting smoking, eating healthier and exercising. Reducing your body weight by 5 to 7 percent reduces long-term complications of heart disease and diabetes in every race and ethnicity. For diabetic patients, a … Continue reading Want to lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes?