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Diabetes

6 ways to support your loved one with diabetes

About 1 in 10 people in the U.S. has diabetes and there is a good chance you have at least one friend or family member affected. Whether they are newly diagnosed or have had diabetes for years, they need your love, friendship and support. Successfully managing diabetes requires constant decision-making because so many factors impact …

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How diabetes is connected to your bone and joint health

Often, people with diabetes don’t learn about the effects of their condition on bone health until they seek care for an orthopedic issue. Most have heard about caring for their kidneys, eyes or heart. But, when it comes to orthopedic health and diabetes, they’re surprised to find out there’s a connection there, too.  From an increased risk …

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Diabetes distress: Coping with the emotional toll of diabetes

In this day and age, most people are familiar with diabetes. Diabetes is an autoimmune condition that is related to either the dysfunction of insulin or insulin resistance (Type 2) or a complete lack of insulin production (Type 1). What most people don’t think about with diabetes is the extreme mental and physical toll the disease itself …

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6 ways to manage your diabetes medication costs

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 …

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Managing diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic

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 …

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My daughter’s journey with Down Syndrome and Type 1 diabetes

Our world changed on June 2, 2015, at 9:28 p.m. when Charlotte Grace Keilty was born six weeks early in Weiden, Germany. Within a couple hours of Charlotte’s arrival, the doctors informed us that they believed Charlotte had Down Syndrome. Although the official test took a week, she exhibited all of the physical traits, including a space between her big and …

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12 strategies for managing diabetes during the holidays

As wonderful and joyful as they are, the holidays also bring on a monster of things to worry about, including food. This time of year can be especially stressful if you have a chronic condition like Type 1 or 2 diabetes. There is already so much guilt surrounding holiday food and so many opinions on …

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10 tips for navigating diabetes education

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 …

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