diabetes management

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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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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Sit less, move more: 5 ways to squeeze more physical activity into your day

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 …

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The 3 most important numbers for diabetics to watch

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, Type 1 or Type 2, you know how important numbers are. Your health comes down to just a few numbers that reveal how well your diabetes management plan is working and how healthy your body is functioning. But remembering what these different numbers mean, and what qualifies as a …

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How paramedics are improving patient outcomes through education

In 2014 Don Mashewske’s wife, Lona Re, had been hospitalized 11 times because of diabetes. Overcome with worry, Don’s weight dropped from 208 to 151 pounds. Both he and Lona Re needed help. Lona Re’s health care team at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – McKinney referred her to the McKinney Fire Department paramedics …

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Advice for Managing Diabetes During Holiday Festivities

The holidays always present us with a plethora of rich, hearty meals and parties that can lead to a stressful time for diabetics. Balancing food needs and choosing to eat healthy become an important daily health care decision. Today, diabetes affects nearly 1 in 10 Americans, while in the next 10 years experts predict 1 …

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