Maintaining Good Health with Diabetes

By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES The main thing every person with diabetes should know is: it’s possible to live a long, healthy life with diabetes. The key is being proactive, knowing your numbers, and taking action where needed. In addition to keeping track of usual numbers like A1c, cholesterol and blood pressure, we’re going…

Healthy Coping with Diabetes

By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES Living with diabetes can feel like a 24/7 job with no vacation. And when you add the challenges of diabetes to the normal stresses of life, it can feel downright overwhelming.  It is important to find healthy ways to cope so you don’t turn to harmful habits like overeating,…

Diabetes and Intimacy

By Melinda Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES High blood glucose over time can affect many different parts of the body, including sexual health and feelings of intimacy. About half of all adults with diabetes have some kind of sexual concern or problem.  Sexual health and diabetes: What’s the link? When blood glucose and A1C levels are…

Ask an Endo: Why does my blood glucose go up during the night?

We kick off our “Ask a Diabetes Specialist” series with a question that we hear from lots of people: “Why does my blood glucose go up during the night?” Dr. Jackson’s Answer: Your body never wants to run out of its main fuel, which is the glucose in your blood. So even when you aren’t…

Complications of Diabetes: Neuropathy

One of the most common complications of type 2 diabetes is a painful condition known as neuropathy, or diabetic nerve pain. About half of the people who have type 2 diabetes will have some form of neuropathy and although it can’t be cured, it can be managed. For this article, we will focus on peripheral…

Diabetes and Foot Care: What to Know

One of the most important things you can do to stay healthy with diabetes is to take good care of your feet. This article covers who needs to be especially careful with their feet and what’s important to know about foot care and diabetes. For some people with diabetes, paying attention to their feet is…

Eight Great ways to get moving to Lower blood Sugar

There’s a lot to learn when you’re diagnosed with type 2 diabetes: food choices, portion sizes, carbohydrate counts, and blood sugar numbers. It’s enough to make you want to flop down on the couch and take a nap! But there’s something else that will really help you manage your diabetes and it can be lots…

Emotional Eating and Type 2 Diabetes

By Robin Fein (Wright) L.C.S.W. When we have diabetes, our consumption of food is basic to survival.  It’s also intertwined with many complicated physiological and psychological issues. According to E.L.Morrison MS, RD, binge-eating is more common among women with type 2: “Women with Type 2 diabetes are more prone to developing binge-eating disorder…patients with diabetes…

Finding Diabetes Support Online

One of the most important things you can do for yourself if you have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is to find support. You have your doctor of course (and maybe a diabetes educator too), but having a group of people to share with can make a world of difference and help you stay…

How to Handle the Diabetes Food Police

by Melinda D. Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE Do any of these situations sound familiar? As you prepare to take a bite of dessert, your sister asks, “Are you sure you should be eating that?” Your husband reminds you before every meal to check your blood sugar… to a point where you feel on the verge…