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Can tidying up diabetes care be life-changing?

Many of us have wished we could be more organized—in our homes or our overall approach to living. Now, a recent best-seller has spurred a lot of talk about how decluttering and organizing can create joy in your life. Perhaps you've heard about The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo...

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Keep your kid cool, busy and in-range this summer

Summer diabetes care for kids can be a real roller coaster—literally and figuratively. They're often more active, doing things they don't get to do during the school year (like riding roller coasters!). Food and sleep routines may go out the window. So how can you help keep your child's numbers from...

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Work with your healthcare team to determine the right diabetes treatment for you.

If you've just been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be feeling a range of emotions right now—from frustration and anger to denial. The good news, however, is that diabetes can be managed. You may need to make some changes to your lifestyle, and you might begin taking medication, but ultimately, dia...

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Type 2 Diabetes

By far the most common type of diabetes, type 2 diabetes affects more than 27 million Americans—many of whom don't even know they have it yet. Type 2 diabetes used to be called "adult onset" diabetes, but now we know that it can affect children, too.1 When you have type 2 diabetes, your body doesn't produce enough of the hormone insulin, or doesn't use it properly.2 In a healthy body, food is turned into a type of sugar called glucose, which is carried through the blood to provide energy to your cells. However, the cells require insulin in order to draw that glucose from the blood. Without...

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Type 1 Diabetes

Previously known as "juvenile diabetes," because it primarily affects children, we now know that type 1 diabetes can affect people at any age. In type 1 diabetes, a person's pancreas stops producing insulin, a hormone necessary for the body to get energy from food. That energy, in the form of glu...

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What is diabetes?

Simply put, diabetes is a condition that occurs when your blood glucose, or blood sugar, is too high. But how does that happen, and what does it mean? How your body creates and uses blood sugar1 When you eat, your body converts food into glucose, a type of sugar that your body uses for ener...

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When life got overwhelming, Phyllisa took control of the one thing she could.

Of all the diagnosis stories we've heard, Phyllisa's is one of the most dramatic. That's one reason we're so impressed with where she's landed. The founder of Diagnosed Not Defeated talked with us about how she went from rock bottom to being a prominent advocate for people with diabetes. We hope you...

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How an insulin pump works

Like the pancreas of a person without diabetes, an insulin pump regularly releases small quantities of insulin into the body, 24 hours a day, as well as additional insulin when food is eaten. Multiple daily injection therapy aims to mirror this by providing long-acting insulin throughout the day, as well as bolus doses of fast-acting insulin at mealtimes. Insulin pump therapy takes this further, by providing a steady level of insulin, called basal insulin, at rates that better correspond to the body's needs throughout the day. At mealtimes, bolus doses of insulin can be precisely calculated...

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