Expert Advice

Check Your Blood Pressure at Home

February 8, 2014

All I have to do is sit in my doctor’s office and I know my blood pressure will be high,” a friend of mine says. “I’m a nervous wreck waiting for more bad news!” And it’s true—blood pressure can go up just because you are in your health care provider’s office. This condition is so common, it has a name—“white coat” high blood pressure. This is named after the white coats that some health care providers wear. [...]


February 8, 2014

If you think your blood pressure is okay because you’ve never before heard the words, “You have high blood pressure,” think again. Take some time to learn about the newest blood pressure guidelines from the government’s National High Blood Pressure Education Program. These guidelines define a new category for blood pressure that is higher than normal. It’s called "pre-hypertension." [...]

Go Green While Taking Care of Your Diabetes

February 8, 2014

Everywhere you turn, it seems, you hear or read about some aspect of “going green.” If you want to go green with your diabetes care, think about getting back to the basics while cutting down on things you don’t need. It also helps to recycling what you can. [...]

10 Easy Ways to Lower Stress

February 8, 2014

Do you get stressed easily? Many people do, and it can negatively impact your health. Here are 10 ways to help reduce your stress levels. [...]

What is a “Diabetes Complication”?

February 8, 2014

Untreated diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, can lead to a health problem, called a "complication". Such health problems include heart disease, eye problems, and nerve damage. Making sure your blood glucose level is in check can help you avoid complications. [...]

Managing High Blood Pressure

February 8, 2014

About half of all people with diabetes also have high blood pressure. Both high blood pressure and blood glucose play a role in the complications of diabetes, including heart disease and stroke. So, you and your healthcare provider need to take high blood pressure seriously in order to treat and control it. [...]

Peer Partners For Diabetes Care

February 8, 2014

As you know, your healthcare team can do a lot to help you manage your diabetes. But research shows working with others who have diabetes, or your peers, can also help with your self-care efforts. [...]

Even People with Diabetes Can Lose Weight!

February 6, 2014

Do you enjoy television reality shows? Many people tune in week after week to watch excited players complete challenges and win prizes. Part of the fun is when you see how they still win despite the efforts of other players to stop them. Your efforts to lose weight may have a lot in common with these popular programs. You also have a test and hope to win a great prize. This prize is to lose weight and become healthier. This is hard to do if those around you try to get in the way of your success. Here are a few examples of how friends and family make it harder for you to win and some good ways to respond... [...]

Watermelon & Viagra

February 6, 2014

Viagra and watermelon in the same sentence? Could it be that this lovely fruit, a staple of barbeques and picnics, has suddenly taken center stage in the world of romance? According to researchers at the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M University, College Station, the amino acid citrulline, which is found in both the rind and the fruit of watermelon, can relax and dilate blood vessels in a way that is similar to Viagra. [...]

What is A1C?

February 6, 2014

When you check your blood glucose, your home meter gives you a snapshot of your blood glucose level at that time. But it only tells you little about your control in general. There are other things your meter does not tell you. [...]

Diabetes in China

February 6, 2014

I just came back from an amazing, four-day trip to China. I was invited there by Diabetes New World, a Chinese diabetes magazine. They asked me to speak to educators and doctors about some of the methods American educators use to teach about diabetes. [...]

Discussing Diabetes With Your Magic Pencil

February 6, 2014

There is nothing more fulfilling then having a partner who understands you and helps you reach your life goals. This is especially true if your goals are diabetes-related, since having a partner can help keep you on track. However, sometimes life can get stressful and communication can break down. It is important to recognize that this is normal for any relationship. Here is a strategy that make help you and your partner discuss your diabetes-related issues, as well as any other issues you may be having. [...]

Diabetes Care at Costco

February 5, 2014

Costco has a seemingly endless array of foods, drinks, clothing, jewelry, home wares and health supplies. When it comes to diabetes care, Costco pharmacy provides low prices and bulk sizes of medical care products that can be bought in the warehouse or shipped to your home. Diabetes care supplies [...]

Keep Your Heart Healthy by Lowering Your Blood Pressure

January 11, 2014

Is your blood pressure at a healthy level? This is important to help prevent heart attacks, stroke, and other heart problems. New guidelines released by a group of experts present new ways for patients to manage high blood pressure, as well as ways for healthcare providers to treat patients with high blood pressure. [...]

Dear Diabetes

January 1, 2014

Do you sometimes feel angry and confused about dealing with diabetes? Write your diabetes a letter and tell it how you feel! I know that might sound a bit absurd, but letter writing is a creative form of Narrative Therapy, which can help you organize your thoughts and develop a clear, healthy [...]
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