I have Diabetes: What will Happen to Me

The first question that many people who are diagnosed with diabetes have is, “what is going to happen to me?” Perhaps you have a family member who had complications related to diabetes or you’re afraid that your vision will be damaged because of diabetes. Here’s the good news: the answer to this question is “Not…

Learning About Diabetes: My Tips

By: Cindy Lou, person living with type 2 diabetes D-Day, the day a person is diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, is a day most people with diabetes never forget.  I received my diagnosis on my birthday and I can tell you that I wasn’t in a very Happy Birthday mood as I left the Doctor’s…

The Dawn Phenomenon

Many people with diabetes observe that their numbers first thing in the morning are often higher than their target.  This condition is called “dawn phenomenon” and it can occur in people with type 2 diabetes. It’s best described as a high fasting blood sugar (FBS) number after waking in the morning. This puzzles and even…

What is a Healthy Pre-Diabetes Diet?

by Melinda D. Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDE If you’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes, you may feel confused about what you should eat now.  Don’t worry… a diet that’s healthy for pre-diabetes is easy to stick to once you know a few simple guidelines, which we outline below. What is pre-diabetes? Pre-diabetes is defined as a…

What is Type 2 Diabetes?

Today’s topic is a question that many people have… what is diabetes after all? Well, diabetes is a condition that makes it hard for your body to properly process sugar. Believe it or not, sugar (which is also called glucose) is the food that fuels all living things. Every cell in your body burns sugar…

Ask An Endo: Why Does My Blood Sugar Go Up in the Night

We received many questions about why blood glucose goes up during the night.  Here was Dr. Jackson’s response: “Your body never wants to run out of its main fuel, which is the glucose in your blood. So even when you aren’t eating, your liver keeps the glucose above 70 mg/dl by releasing glucose it has…

Why is My Blood Sugar High

by Cindy Lou Betz This is a question that I see often in our Diabetes- What To Know Facebook communities. Here’s the answer I like to give: First and foremost, you need to look at your food choices and how they are affecting you. Learn to test in pairs. A lot of us who are…

6 Ways to get the most out of your medical appointment

by Melinda D. Maryniuk, MEd, RD, CDCES 1) Be prepared. Come to the appointment with a clear idea of the issues you want your doctor to address. And since most people don’t get a lot of time with their physician, it’s best to prioritize your two most important questions or issues that you want to…

Resolutions Redux

It’s January and for most people that means that starting the New Year with goals for a healthier 2020.  The reality is that less than 8% of us will actually keep our health-related resolutions… that seems crazy so we did some research about what helps people actually achieve their goals.  Here are some suggestions for…

My Personal Diabetes Questionnaire

It can be challenging to remember which questions you want to address with your doctor when you’re at a doctor’s appointment. Diabetes is constantly changing and it’s easy to forget questions you’ve had in the past when you are actually in the office. To help you stay on top of everything, use this handy checklist…