To change the world is to change the family. -- psychologist Virginia Satir Aug. 2, 2004 -- The world changes for people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It means big changes for their families, too. How well families cope with these changes can mean the difference between rapidly worsening disea
If you don't smoke cigarettes, you greatly reduce your risk for lung cancer and emphysema. If you maintain a healthy weight, eat a moderate diet, and get regular exercise, you greatly increase the chance that you'll have a healthy heart. But if you're at risk for developing type 1 diabetes due to a
Every diabetic is familiar with fasting blood glucose tests. You don't eat for at least eight hours, you check your blood sugar, and by that, you establish what your baseline glucose is. This was at least the traditional idea of blood sugar testing. But given that most of us spend a lot of the day -
The traditional medical approach to diabetes is simply to manage it after it has been diagnosed. Because there isn't a cure, the emphasis is on keeping blood sugars as close to normal as possible -- usually with exercise and weight loss coupled with medication -- and dealing with complications as th
Although the name may conjure images of wind-swept outcroppings off the northern coast of Scotland, the islets of Langerhans, or "beta-islet cells of the pancreas" as they are more commonly called, are the body's natural store of insulin-secreting cells. It is these cells that are destroyed or sever
For millions of people with diabetes worldwide, life is a series of fingersticks, injections, and surges and dips in blood sugar levels. But with its promise of automatically regulating a person's blood sugar, the artificial pancreas could change all that. "The artificial pancreas will revolutionize
What's keeping you from losing weight successfully? Chances are, it's not just what you're eating and how much (or how little) you're exercising. For most people, a major part of the problem is how they think about their food, their exercise, and themselves.
Life's greatest stresses come from unmet
Brian (not his real name) had always been athletic in junior high and high school, but when he started to put on some weight in his mid-20s, he didn't worry too much about it. He didn't have time. Later, as a single man and small-business owner in his early 40s, Brian ate most of his meals in junk f
Alternative or complementary treatments spark the interest of many people with diabetes. The prospect of having better control over blood sugar levels or being less dependent on insulin injections by taking herbal supplements or vitamins is certainly attractive. But do any of the things often touted
For diabetics, the holiday season is fraught with temptations. Candy is everywhere. Your well-meaning co-workers bring in plates of cookies that taunt you from the break room. You've got invitations to party after party where it seems like the foods were chosen either to test your will or spite you.
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