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Is emotional support nearly as important as diabetes medication? See why one diabetes specialist says yes.

We enjoyed chatting with Michelle, an assistant professor and research scientist at the University of Utah College of Nursing, as well as a board-certified family nurse practitioner who works with adults with type 1 and type 2 diabetes. She talked with us about the value of peers providing diabetes...

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Choosing the right infusion set  

BY BEVERLY FOX HAWKINS RN, MS, CDE Infusion sets are designed to carry insulin from your insulin pump to your body as comfortably and effectively as possible. There are many different designs and combinations of cannulas and tubing lengths to accommodate a variety of body types, lifestyles an...

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Happy family of five moving briskly through a bustling airport

Ready for takeoff?

At long last. That vacation you've been dreaming about is finally here. As you plan your sightseeing excursions, hone your list of must-try restaurants and break in your new walking shoes, spend a little time planning for the flight itself. A few smart steps now can help you avoid any surprises in t...

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Feeling fine? It's the perfect day to create a sick day plan.

When you're feeling ill, you'd like nothing more than to lie in bed with a good book or a bad movie. Yet that's when you need to focus even more on diabetes self-care. The key to sick days with diabetes is doing all of the thinking ahead of time. That way, when you don't feel like concentrating, you can simply follow the plan.  Involve your diabetes care team in developing your sick day plan—ask them when you should call for help, how often you should check your blood glucose and ketones, what medicines to take and what to eat. At the first sign of illness Understanding how il...

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Hammock swaying peacefully from leafy tree over sandy beach overlooking a tranquil bay dotted with tiny islands

What would your perfect day look like?

By now, we hope everyone everywhere has realized that "perfect" isn't a thing. It's not a thing anyone can achieve, and it's not a worthwhile goal. Even those who look like they've achieved perfection will tell you they haven't. But that doesn't mean we can't imagine what One Perfect Day might lo...

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Bennet's type 2 diabetes treatment tips—gleaned from caring for his type 1 kids

Bennet's been active in the diabetes online community (DOC) since the early days, when two of his four children were diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. We talked to him about that experience, and how it guided his care when his own numbers began to rise. How did you first get involved in the DOC?...

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A steaming coffee cup and socked feet atop a coffee table in front of a cozy fireplace

Keeping it chill this holiday

The holidays are awesome. Well, except for the feeling that your to-do list is infinite, your time is not your own, and you may still be seated at the kids table in your 30s. Come to think of it, sometimes "awesomely stressful" is more like it.         ...

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Insulin? But I have type 2!

BY KAREN FLANAGAN, MA, RD, CDE With type 2 diabetes, many people think, "take a pill, watch your diet and all will be well." Right? Then, out of the blue, your doctor mentioned insulin. Insulin is secreted from a healthy-functioning pancreas in response to food or stress—whenever your body needs to get glucose into your muscle cells. In doing so, it helps keep a healthy level of glucose in your blood. Without a doubt, insulin is the most natural, easiest way to keep your blood sugar in an optimal range. Still, some physicians don't recommend insulin because they think that their patie...

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