Monday, January 25, 2016

What Helps Winnie Manage Her Diabetes

My thoughts on managing diabetes have really come to focus with my gypsy lifestyle of late, and I've realized that no matter where you find yourself, a daily ritual, no matter how small can really help. For me, I can see that beginning the day with focused breath, setting an intention of healthy eating (in my case, shooting for grain-free), stretches and two tall glasses of water really helps me to get started in the right direction. On the days when I did this, I felt more in control and usually found myself eating and hydrating well and doing some sort of exercise. On the days I missed it, my control was not there. Note: there is no one best way to eat when you have diabetes. Get help from your local Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist to make an eating plan that works for you!!

Monday, January 18, 2016

Need More Help Managing Your Diabetes – See Your Diabetes Educator



          Certified Diabetes Educators (CDEs) are uniquely trained to help people with diabetes learn more about diabetes and provide guidance and support in managing diabetes. Most work as part of Diabetes Self-Management Programs at U.P. hospitals.Studies have shown that the more time a person with diabetes spends with their diabetes educator, the better blood glucose control he or she will have.

          Diabetes self-management education is a yearly covered by Medicare and many insurance plans. Ask your doctor or health care provider for a referral to see your local diabetes educator.
You can find a link to diabetes education in your area on this web page, along with a variety of other diabetes educational handouts.




Monday, January 11, 2016

Keep your Eyes Healthy When You Have Diabetes

    
          Everyday 32 to 64 people living in the U.S. lose their eyesight due to diabetes related complications. Most of those cases of blindness could have been prevented. Here are some tips to keeping your eyes healthy when you live with diabetes:
·        Get a dilated eye exam once per year. Often there are no early signs of diabetes eye disease. That is why it is so important to get your eyes checked regularly.
·        Get laser treatment on your eyes, if you eye doctor says you need it.
·        Work with your health care team to keep your blood glucose and blood pressure at desirable levels. Good blood glucose and blood pressure control can lower your risk of having eye problems.


For more information about diabetes and eye concerns, click on this link: http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/complications/eye-complications/


Monday, January 4, 2016

What Helps Carol Live Well with Diabetes


The one thing that really helps me manage my diabetes these days is my continuous glucose monitor (CGM). I have lived with Type 1 diabetes for 40 years, and my ability to detect hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is spotty at best. My CGM measures my glucose (sugar) every few seconds, and puts a new value on my insulin pump screen every 5 minutes. I love being able to look at the graph on the insulin pump at any time of day or night to see the latest glucose value and to see what direction my blood glucose is going (up, down or holding steady). This lets me make safe decisions about food, exercise, driving and going to sleep! Carol, Yooper Living With Diabetes

You can read more about continuous glucose monitors at this link: