Adults with Type 1
Using Mindfulness for Diabetes Management
The practice of being mindful has the potential to transform your diabetes management. It is not a difficult concept to understand, but it might require you to be more attentive to certain aspects of your diabetes self-care. But the payoff could be well worth the effort.
Diabetes Discrimination at Work
Discrimination at work because of diabetes is more common that you might think. While there are laws that protect your rights at the workplace, these might not be known by your employer or adhered to. Have you or do you currently experience discrimination at the workplace due to your diabetes?
Becoming a Student of Diabetes
The cliche that knowledge is power holds true when it comes to learning about diabetes. The more you know about diabetes the greater your confidence in using the many resources available to you to live a full and satisfying life. Here are four ways you can begin building that confidence right away.
Learning to Handle Diabetes Mistakes
Living with diabetes means that you are not going to have perfect blood glucose control. That doesn't mean you give up but take a flexible attitude toward your diabetes management. Learn how to be conscientious about your diabetes but also how to learn from the inevitable mistakes you will make along the way.
Benefits of a Diabetes Support Group
Increasing numbers of people are turning to diabetes support groups, both locally and online, to find others that can relate with the difficulties of living with diabetes. Here are just five of the many benefits you might derive from being in a diabetes support group.
The Benefits of Keeping a Diabetes Food Journal
A diabetes food journal is a great way to stay aware of what you eat to better manage your blood sugar. But it is also a key to managing your weight; a major concern for many with diabetes. Learn several ways you can do this with minimal effort and time.
Guide to Important Diabetes Lab Tests and Exams
Every person with diabetes should have certain exams and lab tests on a regular basis to ensure that their diabetes management routine is working as planned. In addition, these exams and test are the best way to detect early signs of health problems that can often be treated before permanent damage occurs.
What Is LADA or Diabetes 1.5?
Latent autoimmune diabetes in adults, or simply LADA, is a relatively new type of diabetes that is just becoming known. LADA takes on characteristics of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes and is sometimes referred to as type 1.5 diabetes. But there are important distinctions that are unique to LADA that need to be understood so proper treatment can...
Unhelpful Motivation Techniques and How to Overcome Them
Anyone can benefit from some motivation now and then. But what passes as motivation, especially as it relates to diabetes management is often unhelpful and sometimes causes set-backs. Here are three of the biggest motivational mistakes and how to avoid them.
Supporting Loved Ones with Diabetes
People living with diabetes need ongoing encouragement and support, especially when this person is a member of your family. But it isn't always clear how to best support or encourage that family member. Here are some sound tips for supporting your loved one in a way that will make them feel cared for and motivate them to continue practicing good...
Ways to Stay Safe in the Hospital with Diabetes
People with diabetes are more likely to eventually have one or more stays in the hospital. To ensure that your stay is a safe and productive one, you need to be your own advocate. This requires you to be attentive to and engaged in the treatment process. If you are not able, a friend of family member could advocate on your behalf. Learn how you...
Your Diabetes Exercise Pre-Workout Checklist
Exercising is a great way to help manage your blood sugar. But, people with diabetes need to be mindful of how your exercise routine might affect your blood sugar. The key is being prepared.Here is a checklist to get you in shape and keep your blood sugar on track.
Changing Lifestyle Habits to Better Manage Your Diabetes
Diabetes requires most people to make some significant lifestyle changes. Not only are these changes very different from their previously lifestyle habits but the additional challenge is to make these changes permanent. Here are some ways to make these transitions easier.
Diabetes Foot Care
Diabetes can bring on foot problems because of restricted blood circulation to your feet. This can cause your nerves to be damaged and bring loss of sensitivity in your feet. When you practice good foot care you can possibly prevent some of these foot-related problems. Here are some sound ways to care for your feet when you have diabetes.
How Self-Beliefs Affect Diabetes Management
What you think about yourself has a huge effect on how you manage your diabetes. Your perception of your ability is a greater predictor of your behavior than your actual ability or knowledge. Find out how you can develop healthy self-beliefs that will help you better manage your diabetes.
Marriage Concerns While Caring for a Child with Diabetes
Having a child diagnosed with type 1 diabetes can be hard on a marriage, especially one that was fragile before the diagnosis. The presence of a chronic condition puts additional stress on a couple that can at times seem more than they can handle. Here are four ways you can stay connected to your spouse while you responsibly manage your child’s...
Helping Friends to Understand Diabetes - Answers to 9 Common Questions
Educating friends about your type 1 diabetes can be challenging. Many myths still exist about diabetes and you can do yourself a big favor by trying to replace those myths with accurate information. Here are nine of the most common questions your friends might be thinking and how you could answer them.
Driving with Type 1 Diabetes
Driving with type 1 diabetes doesn’t have to be scary as long as you take certain precautions. Of greatest concern when driving with type 1 is the possibility of a sudden low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) that could put you and others at risk of serious injury or even death. Learn how to be prepared in any situation.
Helping Friends to Understand Diabetes - How to Help Friends to Understand...
Educating your friends about diabetes is easier than you think. But, many of your friends, co-workers, neighbors and even family members still don't know much about diabetes. If you want them to understand you and what it's like to live with diabetes every day, you will have to help replace their misinformation with facts and your personal...
Alcohol and Diabetes
People with diabetes can consume alcohol in moderation if they are mindful of how it might affect their blood sugar. Unfortunately, most people with diabetes don’t give enough attention to the interaction between alcohol and blood sugar.
Alcohol and Diabetes - What to Know About Alcohol and Diabetes
Having diabetes doesn't mean you can't drink alcohol. But it does mean you need to be mindful of what you are drinking, how much, and how it might be affecting your blood sugar. What concerns, if any, do you have about drinking alcohol and managing your blood sugar?
Diabetes Discrimination at Work
Discrimination at work because of diabetes is more common that you might think. Yet there are laws that protect your rights at the workplace. Here’s what you should know.
Interpreting the A1c Test - How to Interpret the A1c Test
The hemoglobin A1c test you gives results in percentages, which is different from the numbers you get when you check your blood with your daily glucose meter. Some people find it difficult or confusing to convert the percentage from the A1c text to numbers that correspond to their daily blood glucose meter.
Diabetes Healthcare Team - Get to Know the Professionals Caring For You
Your diabetes healthcare team is there to help you manage your diabetes. Fortunately, we live in a time when there are many specially trained diabetes professionals who act as lifelines. Learn who these team members are and how you can use them to your advantage.
Driving with type 1 - What's it like driving with type 1
Driving with type 1 diabetes can be scary, especially if you are prone to sudden drops in your blood sugar. What are you most fearful about, if anything, as it relates to driving with type 1? How do you manage those fears?
Diabetes and Mindful Eating - Biggest Obstacles to Mindful Eating with Diabetes
Mindful eating is a way for people with diabetes to engage with food in a new way. It emphasizes the use of your senses to be more aware and attentive to how you plan for, prepare and eat food. Long-held eating habits are hard to break. But, mindful eating principles can give you the tools you need to start feeling in control of your food...
What is prediabetes?
Prediabetes describes the middle ground between having normal blood glucose (sugar)levels and officially being diagnosed with diabetes.
Disposing of Diabetes Needles
Diabetes “needles,” as used here, refer to syringes used to deliver insulin as well as the lancets that gently puncture the skin for blood glucose checks. Proper disposal of these needles is very important to protect yourself and others from potential harm and infection.
Treating Depression for Better Diabetes Management
Treating your depression can significantly improve your diabetes management. Many people with diabetes believe that depression is a necessary part of living with a chronic condition. But that is not the case. Being knowledgeable about the best treatment options is a great way to combat depression.
Adult Depression Worksheet
Sometimes it is difficult to accurately assess whether you are experiencing depression or the periodic feeling of sadness or discouragement. Here is a brief questionnaire that might help you make that call.
Depression Triggers and Diabetes - Learning About Depression Triggers…
It is an understatement to say that living with diabetes can be challenging. Part of that challenge is fighting off feelings of depression that can be a common experience for those living with a chronic disease like diabetes. Depressive moods are often triggered by events such as high glucose readings, a discouraging lab report, the flare-up of...
Your Diabetes Care Team Members
You and your family are the primary members of your diabetes health care team. But type 1 diabetes is a complex disease and requires the help of many people includes several health care professionals knowledgeable about different aspects of diabetes. Do you regularly see an endocrinologist, ophthalmologist and dietician or used the services of a...
Depression and Diabetes
Depression and diabetes can be a difficult combination. Living with diabetes does not “cause” you to have depression but rather makes it more likely that you could experience periods of depression at some point in your life. Learn what the connection is between depression and diabetes and how you accurately assess depression.
Diabetes Burnout Questionnaire
The Diabetes Burnout Questionnaire is a simple tool to help you assess whether you are experiencing diabetes management burnout. It takes only a couple of minutes to get a read on whether you are in or headed for burnout.
Diabetes burnout is all too common among those with diabetes. But it can also strike those, like parents, who care for children with type 1 diabetes. Learn about diabetes burnout and what you can do to manage it.
Diabetes Burnout - 5 Ways to Beat It
Diabetes burnout is common but not inevitable. To avoid slipping into diabetes management burnout you need to practice some sound principles of self-care. Learn five practical ways you can beat diabetes burnout.
Depression and Type 1 Diabetes
Those with diabetes are at higher risk for bouts depression than those not living with the disease. Though depression is more common, it need not control your life. Learn to recognize the signs and how to treat it early.
Alcohol and Type 1
We know that drinking too much alcohol is not good for us, but can you drink in moderation with type 1 diabetes. Learn the facts in this article from the American Diabetes Association.
Traveling With Type 1
Traveling with diabetes doesn't have to be a hassle. It simply takes some planning. Learn some important travels tips that will help you effectively manage your diabetes on the road.
Diabetes in the Workplace: Your Rights
Many people with diabetes are afraid to disclose their condition to those they work with for fear that they will be discriminated against. Learn about your rights and how you can protect yourself from this report by the The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Celiac Disease and Type 1
Celiac disease is a condition where you are unable to digest products made with gluten, found in foods that contain wheat, barley, rye and oats. People with diabetes are at greater risk for developing celiac disease. Learn the symptoms and how to avoid the foods that can damage your intestine.
Famous People with Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes knows no bounds. It touches the lives of common people as well as the famous and well known. Celebrities often use their visibility and public position to speak out about issues that are important to them and in the process help encourage us. Here are nine famous people living with type 1 diabetes that are an inspiration and...