Expert Advice

Low GI Summertime Fruits

July 3, 2017

Summer is here, along with all those sweet and juicy summer fruits at your local grocery store or farmers’ market. But what about the sugar in fruit? Won’t that cause your blood sugars to go too high? It doesn’t have to, if you choose lower glycemic index fruits. [...]

Seven Steps to Boost Heart Health

February 13, 2017

If you have diabetes, it’s important to take good care of your heart and blood vessels. According to the American Heart Association, adults with diabetes are two to four times more likely to die from heart disease than adults who don’t have diabetes. Don’t be part of this statistic! Take charge of your heart health with these simple steps. [...]

Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes, 2017: What’s New?

January 18, 2017

Every January, the American Diabetes Associations issues its Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes. These are guidelines that help your healthcare team provide you with the best diabetes care, and help you better manage your own diabetes. What’s new or different for 2017?  Let’s take a look. [...]

Staying on Track over the Holidays with Diabetes

December 19, 2016

Family dinners. Office parties. Cookie swaps. Homemade pies and cakes. How is it possible to survive the holidays? Managing your blood sugars and your weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can seem like an overwhelming challenge –you might feel like throwing up your hands and pouring [...]

New Exercise Guidelines to Help Manage Diabetes

November 6, 2016

Your health care provider has probably recommended that you stay active to keep your blood glucose levels stable.  This is because daily exercise helps your insulin work more effectively.  According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA),staying active most days of the week means better [...]

Think You Can’t Travel With Diabetes?

October 28, 2016

Sure, you can travel if you have diabetes! But you’ll need to plan, prepare and pack a bit differently than usual. As with managing diabetes in general, being ready is your key to success. [...]

Make Your Feet Last a Lifetime

October 28, 2016

Unfortunately, many people know firsthand that high blood glucose levels can cause serious foot problems. But, understanding how to prevent problems from starting in the first place is key to keeping your feet free from infection, gangrene and other complications. [...]

Calcium: Are You Getting Enough?

October 25, 2016

Calcium is necessary for strong bones, but it also plays other important roles in the body. To be sure you’re getting enough of this vital nutrient, here are the best food sources, and the amount you should eat, to achieve and maintain good health. Are you getting enough of it? [...]

Healthy Has a New Meaning

October 4, 2016

It seems everywhere you turn, the word “healthy” is used on food labels from granola bars to lunch meats and yogurt to pudding. “Healthy” is used so much the meaning has been lost. Nearly twenty years ago, low-fat was the craze, and foods low in fat were considered healthy. But now we know that some types of fat are actually good for us. So the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is changing the way healthy is defined in the food industry. [...]

Ten Good Reasons to Hate Blood Glucose Monitoring

September 21, 2016

Checking blood sugar is now so quick, easy, and relatively painless — and the information you can obtain is so valuable — that you would think everybody would be monitoring regularly. But this is far from true. If you don’t check your blood glucose as often as you should, you aren’t the [...]

Time for Turmeric!

September 19, 2016

One of the healthiest spices around is turmeric. If this golden spice isn’t in your cupboard yet, make sure to add it to your shopping list. Not only does turmeric lend color and flavor to curries, stews and rice dishes, it provides a number of health benefits that you won’t want to miss! [...]

Alcohol and Your Diabetes

July 19, 2016

  Summertime is here, and icy cold beer, frosty cocktails and chilled wine are very tempting refreshers. But should you drink alcohol if you have diabetes? And if it’s okay, how much and what type is best? Read on to learn how to safely include adult beverages in a healthy lifestyle. First [...]

Salt Sense: Which Type is Best to Use?

May 24, 2016

Our recommended daily intake of salt is one teaspoon, or less than 2300 milligrams (mg) of sodium. This comes from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. But most people eat much more than 2300 mg. In fact, the average intake is more than 3400 mg per day. Too much sodium raises the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. [...]

Americans getting enough fluid, but not much water

May 13, 2016

In addition to healthy eating and exercise, getting enough fluids is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, most Americans get their recommended amount of daily fluids, but about two-thirds of that does not come from plain water. How much fluid should [...]

Vitamin D: Are You Getting Enough?

May 7, 2016

Vitamin D has become very popular. Reports in the media claim that vitamin D can help with many conditions, such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis and asthma. Yet studies have yet to prove these claims. The reality, however, is that many people don’t get enough vitamin D and might be deficient. [...]
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