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Why Diabetes Increases Your Risk of Yeast Infections

Why Diabetes Increases Your Risk of Yeast Infections

What is a yeast infection? Also referred to as “vulvovaginal candidiasis,” a vaginal yeast infection is essentially an overgrowth of yeast, according to the Office of Women’s Health. While your vagina does need some yeast to maintain a healthy environment,…
How to Break Your Habit of Negative Thinking Patterns

How to Break Your Habit of Negative Thinking Patterns

If you live with a non-stop disease like diabetes that requires constant health-related choices and effort, the habits of your thinking can have a big impact.  In fact, many argue that your thoughts are the first and most important factor…
How Drinking Plenty of Water Improves Your Diabetes Health

How Drinking Plenty of Water Improves Your Diabetes Health

An alarming number of Americans are “perpetually dehydrated” according to the Institute of Medicine. And if you’re one of them, chances are that dehydration is affecting your blood sugars and other more subtle aspects critical to your daily health. Water…
Diabetic Ketoacidosis vs. Nutritional Ketosis?

Diabetic Ketoacidosis vs. Nutritional Ketosis?

What’s the difference between diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) vs. nutritional ketosis? It’s actually quite simple: one is life-threatening and the other is not. With ketones becoming a very trendy word across mainstream media and mainstream dieting, it’s easy to confuse the…
The T1 Female Heart: Managing Your Heart Disease

The T1 Female Heart: Managing Your Heart Disease

If you are living with heart disease, know that you are not alone. Over 30 million Americans have been diagnosed with some form of heart disease. That is just over 12% of the adult population.  And if you are also…
The T1 Female Heart: Avoiding Heart Disease in Your Life

The T1 Female Heart: Avoiding Heart Disease in Your Life

Women living with type 1 diabetes have a five times greater risk for heart failure than nondiabetic women. This excess risk appears to be from a combination of factors, including the damage caused by type 1 diabetes and circumstances that…
The T1 Female Heart: Why Women’s Hearts Are at Greater Risk

The T1 Female Heart: Why Women’s Hearts Are at Greater Risk

As a whole, people living with type 1 diabetes experience heart disease far more than even those suffering from type 2 diabetes. This is true despite the fact that type 2 is a condition associated with all the major risk…
DiabetesSisters: Women Supporting Women with Diabetes

DiabetesSisters: Women Supporting Women with Diabetes

Everyone living with diabetes faces challenges. But women with diabetes are especially cursed with some unique obstacles. First and foremost, there are hormones.  These pesky chemicals influence blood sugars in ways that are often unpredictable. And, because they change throughout…
Type 1 Diabetes: How I Prepare for Flu & Stomach Bug Season

Type 1 Diabetes: How I Prepare for Flu & Stomach Bug Season

Stomach bugs (like Norovirus) and a real bout of the flu were never something I recall dealing with as an adult…until I was pregnant and had children. Suddenly, these viruses were being brought into my home thanks to my adorable…
Thanksgiving with Type 1 Diabetes: 3 Blood Sugar Management Tips

Thanksgiving with Type 1 Diabetes: 3 Blood Sugar Management Tips

It’s the holidays, and you should be able to enjoy the fun and yum that comes with the season. As people with type 1 diabetes, however, we have to plan ahead for a day that revolves around mashed potatoes, stuffing,…
Easy, Affordable Tool to Improve Site Rotation

Easy, Affordable Tool to Improve Site Rotation

We spoke with Amir Farzam, CEO of MontMed (website) about SiteSmart, a new color-based site rotation system for insulin pen users. Read his impressive bio at the end of the article. If you have type 1 diabetes are using insulin…
Gvoke: The FDA-Approved PreFilled Glucagon Syringe that Could Save Your Life

Gvoke: The FDA-Approved PreFilled Glucagon Syringe that Could Save Your Life

A glucagon pen can save your life if you are a person with type 1 or type 2 diabetes who takes insulin.  The only problem is traditional glucagon kits — made by Novo Nordisk or Eli Lilly and Company —…
Product Review: Chip Monk Cookies – Low Carb, Keto & Gluten-Free!

Product Review: Chip Monk Cookies – Low Carb, Keto & Gluten-Free!

Too often, “low-carb” cookie products are full of junk ingredients and they taste like a diet gone wrong. Bleh.  I’m happy to report that these cookies — from Chip Monk Baking (website) — are delicious! Here’s what you need to…
Adventures in T1D: Summiting Your Fears

Adventures in T1D: Summiting Your Fears

When I was in college, a coworker and I began planning for the ultimate hike. We wanted to climb Longs Peak, a fourteener located in the Colorado Rockies not far from where we lived. We were both avid hikers, but…
Big Picture Priority — Reduce your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Big Picture Priority — Reduce your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

As a diabetic, you make a thousand tiny decisions every day in the name of maintaining healthy, stable blood sugars. But, if you are an adult who has lived more than 20 years with this condition, it might be time…
Adults with Type 1 Diabetes Need More Support To Achieve Goals

Adults with Type 1 Diabetes Need More Support To Achieve Goals

For years, qualitative studies looking into the inherent challenges of achieving diabetes management goals have focused on children and adolescents. Until recently, the group that makes up the largest percentage of those living with type 1 diabetes — adults —…
Adventures in T1D: How to Camp With Diabetes

Adventures in T1D: How to Camp With Diabetes

Lifting the Shadow When you are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, it’s hard not to feel like a shadow has been cast over your life. Suddenly you’re exposed to the possibility of so many things going wrong. It can be…
Mental & Physical Health: Connecting the Dots

Mental & Physical Health: Connecting the Dots

Intuitively, we all know that mood impacts how we take care of our physical health.  But have you ever stopped to think seriously about how much your choices around food, exercise, and sleep impact not just your blood sugars but…
Why Skipping Breakfast Spikes Your Blood Sugar

Why Skipping Breakfast Spikes Your Blood Sugar

Ever skip breakfast thinking your blood sugar will just sit around the number you woke up at…only to find you’re well above 250 mg/dL by lunchtime? Skipping breakfast can easily spike your blood sugar, and there’s a good explanation for…
Adventures in T1D: How to Travel With Diabetes

Adventures in T1D: How to Travel With Diabetes

I have always loved to travel, whether it’s a road trip or a few weeks in a foreign country, I can’t get enough of seeing more of the world around me. As an adult who has lived with diabetes for…
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