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Twice each month we publish a podcast conversations between people living with Type 1 & Type 2 diabetes. The topics revolve around things that are important to people touched by diabetes and include interviews from our archive from experts in these fields.

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How can I be physically active safely if I have diabetes?

Be sure to drink water before, during, and after exercise to stay well hydrated. The following are some other tips for safe physical activity when you have diabetes. Plan ahead Talk with your health care team before you start a new physical activity routine, especially if you have other health problems. Your health care team […]

The A1C Test & Diabetes

What is the A1C test? The A1C test is a blood test that provides information about a person’s average levels of blood glucose, also called blood sugar, over the past 3 months. The A1C test is sometimes called the hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, or glycohemoglobin test. The A1C test is the primary test used for diabetes […]

Checks and Goals for Each Year

Once a Year Get a flu shot (October to mid-November), if you have not had negative side effects. Get a pneumonia shot (if you’ve never had one) and every 5 years. Get a dilated eye exam. Get a foot exam (including a check of circulation and nerves). Get a kidney test. Have your urine tested […]

6 Things To Know About Type 2 Diabetes and Dietary Supplements

Diabetes is a group of chronic diseases that affect metabolism—the way the body uses food for energy and growth. Millions of people have diabetes, which can lead to serious health problems if it is not managed well. Conventional medical treatments and following a healthy lifestyle, including watching your weight, can help you prevent, manage, and […]

Other treatment options for diabetes

When medicines and lifestyle changes are not enough to manage your diabetes, a less common treatment may be an option. Other treatments include bariatric surgery for certain people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes, and an "artificial pancreas" and pancreatic islet transplantation for some people with type 1 diabetes. Bariatric surgery Also called weight-loss surgery […]

What oral medicines treat type 2 diabetes? 

You may need medicines along with healthy eating and physical activity habits to manage your type 2 diabetes. You can take many diabetes medicines by mouth. These medicines are called oral medicines. Most people with type 2 diabetes start medical treatment with metformin  pills. Metformin also comes as a liquid. Metformin lowers the amount of glucose that […]

Non-insulin injectable medications

Besides insulin people with type 2 diabetes have other options, such as injectable drugs. GLP-1 Receptor Agonists- stimulate insulin production while suppressing the liver’s glucose output. They may decrease appetite and promote some weight loss. They can initially cause nausea, which may get better or go away with time. They generally do not cause hypoglycemia, though […]

What are the different types of insulin? 

Several types of insulin are available. Each type starts to work at a different speed, known as “onset,” and its effects last a different length of time, known as “duration.” Most types of insulin reach a peak, which is when they have the strongest effect. Then the effects of the insulin wear off over the […]

Insulin, Medicines, & Other Diabetes Treatments

Taking insulin or other diabetes medicines is often part of treating diabetes. Along with healthy food choices and physical activity, medicine can help you manage the disease. Some other treatment options are also available. What medicines might I take for diabetes? The medicine you take will vary by your type of diabetes and how well […]

Diabetes and dental disease

Because of high blood glucose, people with diabetes are more likely to have problems with their teeth and gums. There’s a lot you can do to take charge and prevent these problems. Caring for your teeth and gums every day can help keep them healthy. Keeping your blood glucose in a healthy range is also […]

Diabetes and foot problems

Nerve damage, circulation problems, and infections can cause serious foot problems for people with diabetes. There’s a lot you can do to prevent problems with your feet. Managing your blood glucose and not smoking or using tobacco can help protect your feet. You can also take some simple safeguards each day to care for and […]

Diabetes and nerve system

Diabetic nerve damage (also called diabetic neuropathy) is a problem for many people with diabetes. Over time, high blood glucose levels damage the delicate coating of nerves. This damage can cause many problems, such as pain in your feet. There’s a lot you can do to take charge and prevent nerve damage. A recent study […]

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