Today’s Health Awareness Topic – Women and Heart Disease

2020-07-29T16:51:39+00:00

February is heart health month. I am committed to helping women, especially women living with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, learn all they can to enhance their health and wellbeing. But I have found that a lot of women do not know the facts when it comes to heart disease. Only 54% of women know that heart disease kills more women than breast or lung cancer. According to the most recent statistics by the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States in women over the age of 35 years. Although the rate [...]

Today’s Health Awareness Topic – Women and Heart Disease2020-07-29T16:51:39+00:00

Today’s Health Awareness Topic: The relationship between your emotions and diabetes symptoms

2020-07-29T16:51:40+00:00

People living with diabetes  may experience a wide range of emotions on a day-to-day basis. These emotions may range from initial anger, resentment, disbelief, and even denial. At times these emotions can be very intense. Sometimes these negative emotions are inappropriately directed at the healthcare provider who gave the bad news of the diagnosis. Being diagnosed and living with type 2 diabetes does not have to be a stressful experience. Consider that contrary to popular opinion, being ‘stressed out’ does not have to be part of living with any chronic illness including type 2 diabetes. It is predictable that over time, [...]

Today’s Health Awareness Topic: The relationship between your emotions and diabetes symptoms2020-07-29T16:51:40+00:00

How fiber can help reach healthy blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes

2020-07-29T16:51:41+00:00

A friend of mine was recently sharing me how frustrated her husband was with his blood sugar levels. They seemed to fluctuate widely from high blood sugar levels to low blood sugar levels. He did not know how to react to this and had decided that he was not going to take his medications any longer. Naturally she was at her wits end when she reached out to me. How could she convince her husband that stopping his medications was not the way to deal with fluctuating blood sugars? Fluctuating blood sugars are not unusual in type 2 diabetes. Whether you [...]

How fiber can help reach healthy blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes2020-07-29T16:51:41+00:00

Seven Tips On How to Maintain Healthy Blood Sugars During The Holiday Season

2020-07-29T16:51:41+00:00

I recall a number of years ago, when a patient left my office based practice and sent me a very nasty note three months later. She expressed how disappointed she was that I was not a person of my word. I had assured her that due to the fact that her blood sugars were well controlled and her A1C was less than 7% that I would attempt to wean her off some, if not all her medications. The catch was that at the time that this discussion was going on, the holiday season was also upon us. I had made a [...]

Seven Tips On How to Maintain Healthy Blood Sugars During The Holiday Season2020-07-29T16:51:41+00:00

Blood Glucose Monitoring-Some Strategies to Check Blood Sugar Levels Once a Day

2016-09-16T18:45:26+00:00

Welcome back! Over the last few weeks I shared some of the lows and highs of living with type 2 diabetes. Namely hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia. According to American Diabetes Association guidelines, normal fasting blood sugar levels range between 80-130 mg/dL. Blood sugars should also be checked after eating. This is called postprandial blood sugars. The best time to check postprandial blood sugars is  two hours after a meal. Normal postprandial blood sugar levels should be below 180 mg/dL. In order to reduce diabetes complications, it is important to try and keep blood sugars within this range. Sometimes it may be necessary [...]

Blood Glucose Monitoring-Some Strategies to Check Blood Sugar Levels Once a Day2016-09-16T18:45:26+00:00

The Importance of Your Oral Health – Type 2 Diabetes Can Hurt the Teeth and Gums

2016-09-09T16:27:13+00:00

It is important for people living with type 2 diabetes to pay attention to all aspects of their health and wellbeing. Your oral health is a very important aspect of your overall health and wellbeing. Recent studies have shown an increased risk between poor oral health and heart disease. The risk for heart disease increases even more when you have 2 diabetes and poor oral health. This is because diabetes already puts you at twice the risk of heart disease than the general population. So when you add poor oral health to the mix you could more than double your risk. The [...]

The Importance of Your Oral Health – Type 2 Diabetes Can Hurt the Teeth and Gums2016-09-09T16:27:13+00:00

The relationship between obesity and increase in type 2 diabetes in teens

2016-07-14T19:40:39+00:00

The number of teenagers being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is rising.  About 3,700 teens are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every year. There was a time when only older people got type 2 diabetes. This used to be called ‘maturity onset diabetes’. However, with changes in our lifestyle, including the rising obesity epidemic, type 2 diabetes is now being diagnosed at much younger ages. Here are some of the reasons for the increase in type 2 diabetes in our teenage children Decreased levels of physical activity Let's face it, unless a teenager is actively involved in sports, they are less [...]

The relationship between obesity and increase in type 2 diabetes in teens2016-07-14T19:40:39+00:00

Is There a Link Between Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension?

2016-06-21T04:30:03+00:00

So you are living with type 2 diabetes. You are doing everything your healthcare provider has recommended. You are maintaining a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise. You are checking your blood sugars and they are within target range. Your A1C is less than 7%. You are scheduled to see your healthcare provider for your routine visit. You’re feeling good. “Everything looks good, it’s just that your blood pressure has been rising over the last few months”, you’re healthcare provider reports, “We are going to have to start you on blood pressure medications” You’re bewildered. How can this be? Everything seemed [...]

Is There a Link Between Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension?2016-06-21T04:30:03+00:00

Why Women living with type 2 diabetes need to build a support system?

2016-06-08T21:56:08+00:00

If you are a woman living with type 2 diabetes or caring for someone living with diabetes, you may notice that this can be a very stressful experience. Your life as you knew it seemed to change the instant you were diagnosed. And just like any other chronic illness, there is a lot to be learned. It may seem that there is no clear place to turn for help on learning about how to live with a chronic illness. Your healthcare providers may have very little time in their double-booked schedules to provide additional information on how to live with diabetes. [...]

Why Women living with type 2 diabetes need to build a support system?2016-06-08T21:56:08+00:00
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