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 … Continue reading 12 strategies for managing diabetes during the holidays
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?
When we consider the rising prevalence of Type 2 diabetes, the numbers are sobering. Here’s a quick snapshot of Type 2 diabetes in America: 1.5 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year (90 percent of all diagnoses are Type 2 diabetes) Between 1990 and 2010, the number of Americans with diabetes more than tripled … Continue reading Breakthroughs in the fight against Type 2 diabetes and heart disease
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
You’ve heard of diabetes, but do you know about prediabetes? Prediabetes is when your blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not elevated to the point of diabetes. Prediabetes indicates a person has insulin resistance — meaning your cells are becoming resistant to insulin, the hormone our bodies use to regulate blood sugar. Insulin tells your body … Continue reading What is prediabetes and can you reverse it?
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
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
As a nurse, I have cared for many patients with diabetes, so a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) stating 9.3 percent of the U.S population (29.1 million people) has diabetes did not surprise me. What really got my attention is that a startling 8.1 million of those people are undiagnosed. That means more … Continue reading CDC: Millions have diabetes and don’t know it
This week, mega star Tom Hanks revealed he has type 2 diabetes on the Late Show with David Letterman. According to Hanks, he has had borderline high blood sugar levels since the age of 36 and finally “graduated” to full-blown type 2 diabetes. To look at Tom Hanks, he doesn’t seem like your average candidate … Continue reading Tom Hanks Reveals Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis
Do you have brothers or sisters? If so, you know all about sibling rivalry. At some point along the way, you probably realized that the oldest usually finds a way to come out on top. While being the first-born may have its perks, when it comes to your health, it also may have some big … Continue reading More to Sibling Rivalry: Greater Health Concerns Among First-borns