Things I’ve Learned Living With Diabetes

By Madeleine Ortiz “I hope they warned you I’m a straight-shooter,” Cindy says about 20 minutes into her interview. I smile, because she says it like it might sometimes rub people the wrong way, but I’ve been refreshed by her openness and her uncanny ability to be both strong and humble at the same time.…

Living with Diabetes: What Matters Most?

by Melinda D. Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE Every person with diabetes is different when it comes to how diabetes fits into their lives. For some people, it’s front and center—a daily focus on blood sugar numbers, managing medicines, counting carbs, etc. For others, it’s so far in the background that there are times they completely…

How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy

Paula Diaque Ballesteros, RD, CDCES and Melinda Maryniuk The immune system is in charge of defending our body against infection, bacteria and viruses. The design of the immune system is complex and influenced by an ideal balance of many factors. There is not a single food (such as chicken soup), vitamin (such as vitamin C)…

Five Easy Ways To Develop Routines That Lead To Good Health

By: Madeleine Ortiz With most of us staying safe inside our homes 24/7, cancelled plans and closed places the days can feel long! Despite our wide open schedules and extra time for completing new and different tasks it is easy to feel overwhelmed, anxious and more stressed than ever before. Social media, usually a great…

8 Tips for Being Healthy While Staying at Home (and Forever!)

By Dr. Sasha High and Madeleine Ortiz Stores, restaurants and other businesses are slowly beginning to reopen, but our lives are still going to look a lot differently than they did at the beginning of 2019. Vacation plans have been cancelled, schools and summer camps are closed and many of us are still going to…

Emotional Hunger vs Physical Hunger

During stressful times, many of us are more likely to overeat to manage feelings of anxiety or uncertainty or even boredom. This can lead to feelings of guilt and shame, and some of us beat ourselves up… It’s time for a new approach. The first step for learning to manage this kind of eating is…

Caring for Diabetes When Sick

By: Melinda Maryniuk When a person with diabetes is not feeling well, blood glucose can go high even if they are eating less than they usually do.  It is important to have a plan in place so people can be prepared for any kind of day when they’re not feeling their best.  Here are examples…

How To Stay On Track With Healthy Habits

By Melinda Maryniuk For many of us, the uncertainty and change that has come with COVID-19 have upset our healthy habits and routines. We find ourselves eating more (particularly stress-eating more junk food), exercising less and then feeling anxious about gaining weight. Here are six strategies that may be helpful as we try to stay…

How to Handle COVID-19 With Diabetes

By: Melinda Maryniuk There is no doubt that living through the COVID-19 pandemic is stressful for everyone, but this is especially true for people with diabetes who are older as we are a higher-risk group.  The risks are also increased for people with hypertension and a history of heart disease, which is true for many…

Gastroparesis: What is it? What can be done about it?

By: Melinda Maryniuk High blood glucose caused by diabetes can damage our nerves over time.  You may have heard about neuropathy (or nerve damage) of the feet –stomach nerves can also be affected. Gastroparesis is a condition where the nerves of the stomach are damaged and it can affect how food is digested.  It is…