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Newly Diagnosed – Prevention? Part Two

Diabetes may be what I live with, but I remain me, the person I was before, with the same skills, strengths and frailties. So let’s go on and look at other aspects a newly diagnosed person would want to know about. Exercise: Since I can remember, we have heard about the three-pronged approach to treating […]

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Newly diagnosed? Can we help For Meal Plan? Part One

How is diabetes diagnosed? The ADA suggests that all people over 45 be tested for diabetes and, if they test normal, then be retested every 3 years. People from high risk ethnic groups should be tested routinely as should people with high risk medical conditions. You will be diagnosed with diabetes if you register a […]

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How to Treat Hypertension

If you read this article last month you know we shared information about kidney disease. In that article, experts stressed controlling blood glucose levels and hypertension to make sure that our kidneys remain healthy. There are many of these medications and here we will share their uses, side effects and reasons for prescribing each type. […]

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Resolutions You Will Want To Keep

Perhaps you’ll think we should have shared these with you last month, but we all know that those resolutions made on January 1 notoriously go by the wayside within a week or two. We have therefore given you a whole month to contemplate what you think you need to do to feel and live better […]

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What To Know About Cardiovascular Disease and Its Treatment

We as diabetics have a significant risk factor for developing cardiovascular complications of our condition. In fact we have a two to fourfold increase in this risk factor. You certainly could have blown me over with a feather two weeks before my 49th birthday when I was told that I needed quadruple bypass surgery. After […]

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Diabetes Medications And Side Effects

We are sharing with you a summary of an excellent article from The Medical Letter, Vol.1 issue 1 Sept 2002, which outlines all of these medications. One of the interesting aspects of this excellent review is a comparison of the costs of each medication that is based on retail cost for 30 days’ treatment with […]

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Take care of your feet; you only get one pair for life

When you visit the podiatrist, he will ask you about calluses, blisters, and minor infections, all of which can lead to ulcers. These are usually painless sores on the bottom of the foot. They can be under a corn, callus or blister. Sometimes neuropathy can cause an ulcer to develop without you knowing it because […]

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How to Treat Neuropathy

Those of you who read these monthly articles know that we have written about neuropathy before. You also know that I was given this diagnosis and treated with one of the medications we will mention in this article, to no avail. I finally saw a neurologist who diagnosed me with a degenerative spinal problem. A […]

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Stress Management In Diabetes Mellitus

This is not the first article I have written about stress and diabetes, but we continue to receive questions about how to cope with the extra stress that living with diabetes can add to our everyday lives. Although individual differences and other factors influence the way we experience stress, there are certain common events that […]

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Reducing Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes: What to do First

Many articles are written on cardiovascular disease and diabetes because we as a group are at high risk for morbidity and mortality from cardiovascular complications. How can it be that only 1/3 of diabetics realize this fact as reported in one of our abstracts this month? Complications of atherosclerosis are responsible for about 80% of […]