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Managing your diabetes effectively requires some understanding of how to balance food intake, exercise, insulin and your reactions to stress. Learn important strategies here for keeping your blood glucose under control.

How to Check Your Blood Sugar
Checking your blood sugar (glucose) is the only way you can confidently know what your blood sugar level is at any given time. Fortunately, we now have many small, pocket-sized blood glucose monitoring devices that require only a very small blood sample.

Top 10 Diabetes Research Stories of 2010

There were many diabetes research stories in 2010 but here are arguably some of the most important of the year for those with type 1 diabetes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Hemoglobin and Diabetes
Hemoglobin and diabetes have an ongoing relationship. Glucose collects on hemoglobin in your red blood cells and stays there for up to 3 months. A test, called hemoglobin A1c, measures the average amount of glucose in your blood over that time period. This test is a vital part of your diabetes management.

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.

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.

Why Blood Glucose Drops After Exercise
Exercise causes your blood sugar to drop. Not only is this normal but it can also be used to help manage your blood sugar in a healthy way. But you must be mindful of how exercise acts on your body to reduce blood glucose in order to prevent low blood sugar levels during and especially following exercise.

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.

Modeling Lifestyle Behaviors for Your Child with Diabetes
The diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in a child can turn a parent’s world inside-out. Immediately following the diagnosis there is much to learn: how to do blood checks, insulin injections, measure food and a host of other tasks related to diabetes care. The goal in learning all of this is to meet our child’s ongoing health needs and eventually...

7 Diabetes Myths – The truth behind the misconceptions
There are a number of myths about diabetes that make it difficult for people living with type 1 diabetes to contend with. Here are seven common myths about diabetes and the truth about each one.

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.

Transferring Control of Diabetes Management to Your Teen
Every parent of a child with type 1 diabetes knows that a day will come when that child must take complete control over their diabetes management. This can be a scary thought for some parents. They see their teen more interested in the latest fashion and music than they are about possible future health problems from out-of-control blood sugars....

Family Transitions to Living with Type 1 Diabetes
When a child is diagnosed with diabetes, it is not just that one person who has to adjust to living with diabetes but the entire family. The transition to a lifestyle of being attentive to and managing blood sugar can be especially challenging for many families. But, with mutual cooperation and open communication it is possible to make this...

Managing the Diagnosis of Your Child with Type 1 Diabetes
>To learn that your child has type 1 diabetes can be quite a shock. The first response many parents have is bewilderment. How did my child get diabetes, you might ask? Other questions follow. What does this mean for my child’s future? How is this going to change our family? Am I going to be able to adequately care for my child’s needs? Here are...

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.

Teens and Diabetes - Helping Your Teen Manage Their Blood Sugar Without Drama
Being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes is difficult at any age. It is especially difficult for teenagers and their parents. But there are sound ways to navigate diabetes in the teen years that give proper attention to diabetes management and help keep your relationship with your teen intact. Here are three ways that may help achieve that balance.

Top 10 Diabetes Research Stories of 2010 - What are the Top 10 Diabetes...
Diabetes research is constantly evolving. Staying on top of the research could change your life and how you manage your diabetes.

Myths About Diabetes - Dispelling Myths About Diabetes
Living with type 1 diabetes is hard enough. But when you have to wade through all of the myths surrounding diabetes it can be challenging. What are some of the most common myths you are exposed to when you tell others you have diabetes and how do you respond?

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...

What is a Hemoglobin A1c Test?
A hemoglobin A1c test, sometimes referred to as just A1c, is a test used to measure your blood sugar (also called glucose) over the past 2 to 3 months. It is an important benchmark for people with diabetes because it gives you a way to gauge the levels of glucose in your bloodstream over a relatively long period of time.

Teens With Diabetes – Ways to Help Your Teen With Diabetes
Parenting a teen with diabetes is not an easy task. It can be as or even more challenging for parents than for the teen living with diabetes. It's pretty easy to figure out what doesn't work well, such as nagging, criticizing, micromanaging and threats. But what have you found that does work with your teen to foster more ownership of diabetes...

Interpreting the A1c Test
The A1c test measures your average glucose (blood sugar) levels over about a 3 month period of time. Everyone has some glucose attached to the hemoglobin in their blood. The question is how much? The higher the concentration, the more that is attached to the glucose. Learn how to read the result of this important diabetes test.

Disposing of Diabetes Needles - How Do You Dispose of Diabetes Needles
Diabetes sharps (syringe needles and lancets) need to be safely disposed of to reduce the risk of infection and injury. How we dispose of these sharps is important. What is your practice when it comes to disposing of these sharps?

Why Oral Care is So Important With Diabetes
Diabetes affects oral care far more than most people realize. Research has shown that people with diabetes are at greater risk for serious gum disease than those without diabetes. Why? Because high blood sugar levels can make you more susceptible to bacterial infections.

Health Care Reform and Diabetes
The new health care reform laws will definitely affect how diabetes is treated and paid for. Some consider these laws movement in the right direction while others think the laws are misguided. Every family with diabetes is affected. What are your concerns or supportive comments about how diabetes treatment and payment will affect you?

Health Care Reform and Diabetes
Health care reform is going to affect the way diabetes treatment is delivered and paid for. The new health care reform signed into law in March 2010 has some important points as it applies to diabetes. Here are highlights of the law that become effective in 2010 and others that take effect in 2014.

Diabetes Travel Kit - Having a Diabetes Travel Kit
Diabetes travel kits are important to have on hand whether you are going across the country or across town. Unfortunately, most people with diabetes do not have an adequate travel kit to deal with the range of diabetes-related situations they might confront.

Managing Holiday Stress for Better Blood Sugar Control
Managing holiday stress and diabetes is a challenging combination. Have you noticed that the more stress you feel, the more your blood sugar seems out of control? Blood sugar tends to rise when we feel anxious, worried or upset. For most people, the holidays add more responsibilities to your already busy life and give you less time to accomplish it all. It’s no wonder that many people feel stressed out this time of year.

Ketone Testing - Making it Part of Your Diabetes Management Plan
Ketone testing should be part of your diabetes management plan. Unfortunately, many people with type 1 diabetes do not check for ketones as often as they should. Some never do. Learn the importance of ketone testing and how it can help you stay healthy.

Why You Should Consider Wearing ID with Diabetes
Medical identification and diabetes go hand-in-hand. Some people are reluctant to use medical identification to avoid being seen as having diabetes, but it has been proven time and again that having medical ID saves lives. Learn why.

Managing Stress With Type 1 for Better Blood Sugar Control
Learning to manage stress with type 1 diabetes can improve your life. And how you manage the stress in your life will undoubtedly affect your blood glucose levels. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to keep stress from getting the upper hand in your life.

Stress and Diabetes - How Stress Affects Blood Sugar
Stress and diabetes are common partners. Contrary to popular belief, stress does affect blood sugar in a profound way. Learning to manage stress is one important way to manage blood sugar levels.

Treatment of Type 1 Diabetes
Treating diabetes is an ongoing process that requires sustained effort. But it can be done and done well if you learn to manage the key factors that help stabilize blood glucose levels.

The Ups and Downs of Glucose Control
The main challenge of diabetes is to keep blood glucose levels in a healthy range most of the time. When glucose is high (hyperglycemia) over a period of time it can lead to a number of health complications. When it goes too low (hypoglycemia)it can cause your body to shut down. Learn the symptoms of each and how to manage both ends of the spectrum in this lesson.

Staying Active With Type 1 Diabetes
You don't need to be an athlete to gain the many benefits of physical activity. In fact, regular physical activity needs to be a vital part of your diabetes management program. Learn how being active can help you manage your diabetes and find an activity that is right for you.

Know Your Diabetes Numbers
Want to know what the suggested treatment range for diabetes as far as blood glucose, cholesterol, A1c tests or blood pressure. The National Diabetes Education Program (NDEP)can help you cut through the maze of numbers with this helpful and easy to read fact sheet.

Eating and Diabetes
Many people with diabetes say that the hardest part of managing their daily routine is eating healthy food in the right proportion. This helpful brochure from the National Diabetes Education Program can get you started on the right track.

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