Diabetes

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The Roles of Ethnicity, Genetics, and Age in Type 2 Diabetes

Ethnicity and genetics are associated to some degree, and both have a relationship to type 2 diabetes. There are genetic variations that increase the risk for, or make people susceptible to type 2 diabetes [more…]

The Potential Complications of Diabetes

The attention and effort you’re asked to give to managing blood glucose levels with medication, testing your blood, physical activity, and especially diet is to reduce your risk for complications associated [more…]

Getting Glucose In and Out of Your Blood

Glucose is a simple sugar that is extremely important to you as a source of energy. It’s the key ingredient in a biochemical recipe that produces a powerhouse molecule [more…]

Testing Blood Glucose at Home

Guessing about blood glucose levels is completely unnecessary. Now, it’s possible to draw a very small amount of blood from your finger or other location [more…]

Your Diabetic Health Care Team

You may be inclined to think you can’t actually choose a doctor or health care team to help you manage your diabetes, but like many other responsibilities for diabetes care, it’s up to you to know what’s [more…]

Why Diabetics Should See a Registered Dietitian

Adopting and sticking with eating habits that maximize blood glucose control and heart health is, perhaps, the biggest challenge diabetes presents. First, for most people this represents a significant [more…]

How to Start Managing Your Diabetes

If you've recently been diagnosed with diabetes, you have a new job. The good news is that it’s a high-level management position with lots of freedom, and the power to make important decisions daily. [more…]

Physical Activity as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle for Diabetics

Adopting a healthy lifestyle to help manage your diabetes isn’t about training for the Iron Man Triathlon. It’s about making small decisions that fit better choices into your other lifestyle. [more…]

The Importance of Reducing Stress for Diabetics

It’s not possible to eliminate all stress from your life — having diabetes is stressful, as are families, jobs, 24-7 news on television, travel, finances, and hundreds of other circumstances. [more…]

Diabetics Must Make a Commitment to Prioritize Their Health

There’s nothing about diabetes self-management that’s impossible for you to accomplish. In fact, it’s not terribly difficult, as really difficult things go. Inconvenient would be a better description. [more…]

How to Match Your Diabetic Medication and Food

It’s possible, with an early diagnosis and a strong commitment to lifestyle, to manage type 2 diabetes without medication. This course, however, isn’t commonly the case, and type1 diabetes can’t be managed [more…]

How to Keep Your A1C in Range

A1C, sometimes called hemoglobin A1C or HbA1C, is the A of the diabetes ABCs. Your doctor orders a lab test of your hemoglobin A1C periodically; diabetes professionals pay careful attention to this number [more…]

Diabetics Need to Normalize High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the B of the diabetes ABCs. Your circulatory system is something like the waterlines that run through your town or city, pushing water through large and small pipes with enough pressure [more…]

Lowering LDL Cholesterol to Manage Your Diabetes

Cholesterol is the C in the diabetes ABCs, but this subject can be a little complicated. Cholesterol is essential for a number of cellular functions, playing important roles in building and maintaining [more…]

Protein and Diabetes Management

Proteins are extraordinarily complex, and the blueprint for assembling all of the proteins you require is coded into your DNA. Protein molecules are primarily chains of amino acids, and the chains can [more…]

Amino Acids from Protein Help Manage Diabetes

Managing diabetes with diet includes getting an adequate intake of high quality protein in your diet to maintain important muscle mass, and to keep important metabolic functions humming along. The highest [more…]

Diabetics Need to Watch Out for Saturated Fat and Cholesterol

With diabetes, polyunsaturated fats have a favorable impact on insulin sensitivity, and trans fats are especially unfavorable. Saturated fats are carbon chains with no double bonds between the carbon atoms [more…]

Energizing with Carbohydrates — The Foundation of a Diabetes Diet

Your task after a diabetes diagnosis is to manage your intake of carbohydrates is a way that keeps those variations in blood glucose levels close to normal. [more…]

The Role Sugar Plays in Diabetes

Virtually everyone knows that sugar has something to do with diabetes — sugar diabetes, the sugar, or a touch of the sugar are all colloquial phrases that mean diabetes in some communities. [more…]

How Complex Carbohydrates Fit in a Diabetic Meal Plan

As the number of chained together molecules of simple sugars gets longer, the carbohydrate foods are sometimes called complex. Starches are where plants store their excess glucose, and the chemical bonds [more…]

The Importance of Fiber in a Diabetic Meal Plan

Fiber is the most complex of carbohydrates, often forming the structural elements of plants. Fiber is relatively indigestible by humans, but is still an extremely important part of your diet. Insoluble [more…]

The Importance of B Vitamins in Diabetes Management

The B vitamins are important in diabetes management for two reasons. First, all of the B vitamins participate in chemical reactions taking place in your cells to harvest the energy from fats, protein, [more…]

The Importance of Vitamin D in Diabetes Management

The relationship between low levels of vitamin D and metabolic syndrome (or type 2 diabetes) are confounded by the fact that fat cells tend to capture vitamin D, keeping blood levels depressed. Lower vitamin [more…]

Insulin and Zinc — Two Peas in a Pancreas

Zinc plays a very important role in your body’s production, storage, and use of insulin, the hormone that lowers high blood glucose levels. And, zinc is crucial to your immune system, it enhances your [more…]

Alpha Lipoic Acid and Neuropathy

Alpha lipoic acid has been examined in relation to diabetes from several different angles. Since many facets of diabetes, and the common complications of diabetes, have a foundation in oxidative stress [more…]

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