What You Need to Know If You've Just Been Diagnosed with Diabetes

My teenage daughter was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes five days before her tenth birthday back in January 2011. It was quite a shock, and our lives were totally thrown upside down and inside out. We now had to test her blood glucose multiple times each day and night, count carbohydrates, administer multiple injections, pack up a bag full of medical supplies each time we ventured out of the house, and were dealing with various highs and lows, both physical and emotional. ...more
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Diabetes AND depression? Your risk for cognitive decline is higher than most

You may have read the diabetes and depression each increase your risk of cognitive decline, but what happens when you have both?A new study from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle has found that people with comorbidity (i.e. the presence of two chronic diseases or disorders at once) have a much higher risk of dementia and Alzheimer's. The Danish study looked at data from 95,691 people who had depression and/or type 2 diabetes. They found: ...more

The Miracle of Cinnamon!

It's rare that we read about something that taste really good to find out that it's healthy for us, too. Cinnamon is both of these things....more
nanee123 I am so sorry to hear about the problems you and your niece are having in your ...more

All the Advice You'll Need to Get Through the Holiday Season with Diabetes

Ah the holidays! It’s that time of year for pumpkin pie, eggnog, mashed potatoes, and your Aunt Betty’s killer candied yams. And if you have diabetes, everything I just wrote made you think: "OMG. My blood sugars are screwed for the next two months." True, the holidays present some unique challenges for people with diabetes. Most specifically, there’s a ton of not-so-diabetes-friendly food around and very little time to sneak in some exercise. But they don’t have to be a total disaster (at least in the glucose department. As far as your crazy in-laws, I can’t help ya there). In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, here are some tips for navigating the holidays for folks that are new to the diabetes world from a person who knows a thing or two about it. ...more
Thanks for the article, I posted it on my Facebook group blog page and page for my fitness classes.more

Do you Shun the Sun?

I don't know what the weather was like where you are, but today where I live in Southern Ontario, we had a beautiful classic fall day.   Crisp, with lovely blue skies and lots of sunshine. I thought to myself, what a great day to get my dose of Vitamin D....more

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Weight Watchers Weekly Meeting Day

Today is my weekly Weight Watchers weigh in and weekly support group meeting day.  I actually look forward to this every week.  Even on days like today - when I gained 1.2 pounds.  I rejoined WW on August 21st and have been doing good but hit a snag this week.  I was not the best I could have been last week but know I can get back on track this week....more

Back-to-School Tips for Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes

With the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year, many parents experience anxieties concerning the safety and well-being of their children. And for parents of children living with type 1 diabetes, those fears and anxieties can be even more pronounced. Since children with diabetes need special care and considerations, many parents worry that their children's needs aren't being met. Full disclosure: My boyfriend was hyperglycemic since he was seven. He was almost diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It was an everyday struggle, but it was manageable. But just last week, it broke my heart that one of my best friends passed away from type 1 diabetes. Until she died, I didn't even know she had it! I felt betrayed - I know, it's selfish of me, but it was how I felt....more
RockyMountainMom Thank you, RockyMountainMom! I've seen a lot of misconceptions about diabetes - ...more

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