A diabetes diagnosis often comes with a costly list of supplies and medications to keep up with. Even before COVID-19, many wrestled with paying for insulin, oral medications or related supplies such as test strips, lancets, syringes and glucose tablets. Today, according to the American Diabetes Association, 1 in 4 are self-rationing medications, and 3 … Continue reading 6 ways to manage your diabetes medication costs
People with diabetes or prediabetes and their supporting families who’ve come through formal diabetes self-management education know to plan for emergencies. And concerns in a pandemic like COVID-19 are real. The main thing, I tell the people I see with diabetes, is to keep the main thing the main thing: control what you can control, which … Continue reading Managing diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic
If you’ve just been recently diagnosed with diabetes or prediabetes, consider looking for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support (DSMES) training near you. This will help you learn all about your diabetes and how to monitor and control your blood sugars day to day through self-care skills like healthy eating and being active. Decades of research … Continue reading 10 tips for navigating diabetes education
Be prepared. The classic Scout motto, and a pretty good one for anyone with Type 1 or 2 diabetes, too. It’s what we tell everyone who comes through our diabetes self-care training. Preparation reduces risks of costly diabetes-related complications, now and down the road. So, go ahead, take the short checklist survey below to find … Continue reading Are you prepared for a diabetes emergency?
Summer’s here. Your diabetes doesn’t take vacations, but that doesn’t mean you can’t. Here are seven tips — and associated tools — to help you get the most out of your time off, beat the heat and keep your diabetes in check all at the same time. Hydration is key. It’s nice outside, but it’s … Continue reading 7 tips for better blood sugar control this summer
Let’s talk about exercise. Maybe you love it, maybe you tolerate it, maybe the mere mention of it draws a cringe. We all know the value of exercise but turning that knowledge into action can be a challenge. But did you know that simply moving more throughout the day can actually improve your health? This … Continue reading Sit less, move more: 5 ways to squeeze more physical activity into your day
Vegetarian and vegan diets are growing in popularity and for many people, plant-based eating is a key component of their healthy lifestyle. But if you have diabetes, you might be wondering if a plant-based diet could work for you. I have good news — it can! Read on for seven reasons why you should talk … Continue reading 7 ways a plant-based diet can help you manage diabetes