diabetes

After years of chronic pain, islet cell transplant changed this man’s life

Chronic pancreatitis can lead to debilitating, life-limiting pain. That pain routinely stopped David Wright in his tracks.  “I would literally double over and couldn’t move,” he said. Medication would sometimes reduce the attacks. Pain blocks administered by an advanced endoscopist at Baylor University Medical Center worked for a while, too. But the chronic pancreatitis pain …

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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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Are you prepared for a diabetes emergency?

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 …

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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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