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New Articles for January 2012 - Type 1 Diabetes@about.com

By January 29, 2012

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With a new year comes a new batch of articles to help you better manage your diabetes.

I've been trying to add more content of late about family dynamics and diabetes. To that end I've developed two articles specifically for parents with children with type 1. The first addresses the often difficult topic of How to Talk with Your Child About Diabetes. I offer a number of tips on how to manage your child's diabetes without turning it into a nag fest.

The second article for parents concerns the issue of how to help siblings adjust to the diagnosis of diabetes by a brother or sister. With practice, these suggestions can quickly smooth out problems that may start to arise in the first year or so of a type 1 diagnosis.

Anyone old enough to manage their own blood sugar can learn a thing or two from the article entitled, Learning to Handle Diabetes Mistakes. Regardless of how long you've had diabetes, mistakes in management are inevitable. Learn how you can go easy on yourself and still learn from the error.

Want to get a better handle on your food intake? How about losing weight? If so, check out the new article called The Benefits of Keeping a Diabetes Food Journal for ways you can better manage your glucose and your overall health without much effort. There are a couple of great phone apps to check out here as well.

Continuing in my series of articles on health conditions common with diabetes, I've included three more this month. These include: Thyroid disease, Erectile dysfunction, and a lesser known but very serious condition called Hyperglycemic hyperosmolar nonketotic syndrome.

Finally, it is a fact that people with diabetes have more hospital stays over their lifetime than those without diabetes. But as you probably know, hospitals are not always as safe and healthy as they should be. This article on Ways to Stay Safe in the Hospital with Diabetes, will provide some practical tips on making sure your stay is safe and as short as it can be.

I'd love to hear any of your comments about these articles or others that you might like to see developed for this site. Post your comments below.

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