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Recently diagnosed?  Where do you start? general info
Newly diagnosed with diabetes and unsure where to start?  Read on to learn about the steps you should take to control diabetes.

What is the difference between carbohydrate and sugar? nutrition
Sugar is a carbohydrate.  There are 3 main sources of calories your body can use for energy:  carbohydrates, fat, and protein.  Carbohydrates are your body’s favorite source of energy...

Weight loss & calories! general info
One pound of body weight is equal to 3500 calories.  Lose 1 pound of weight each week by reducing food consumed daily by 250 calories and increasing energy expended by 250 calories for a total daily calorie deficit of 500.

Where should blood sugar be to avoid complications? complications
Normalizing blood sugars is the main goal. Strive to get blood sugars close to that of a healthy person who does not have diabetes. Several organizations provide recommendations of blood sugar testing goals.

Pre-Diabetes affects an estimated 41 million people. pre-diabetes
By definition, pre-diabetes is a condition where one has fasting blood sugar levels above normal (blood sugar between 100-125 mg/dl) but the blood sugar levels are not high enough to diagnose diabetes (fasting blood sugar above 126 mg/dl).  

What's the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes? general info
Most people have heard of diabetes, but did you know there is more than one type?

Food Tips to Control Blood Sugar complications
Consider these tips when choosing foods to control blood sugar! Controlling blood sugars can delay or prevent diabetes complications.

Do I have to give up my glass of wine with dinner? nutrition
In a word... no.  Having diabetes does not mean you have to give up alcohol, so long as your alcohol consumption is in moderation.  Moderation in alcohol terms equates to having 1 or less alcoholic beverage each day if you are a woman and 2 or less alcoholic beverages each day if you are a man.

Reap the Benefits of Exercise exercise
Ok, you know exercise is a good idea for anyone.  Many have thought of all the excuses of why not to exercise - maybe due to time limitations or not knowing where to start or perhaps the idea of sweating.

Can I eat sugar? nutrition
In the past, when someone was diagnosed with diabetes, they were told they should not eat sugar.  The thinking was that sugar affected blood sugar more than complex carbohydrates (table sugar compared to a slice of bread).

The Ins & Outs of Heart Disease complications
Diabetes mellitus increases risk for heart disease.  What is heart disease?  What are the risks?  How can risks be reduced?  These might have come to mind if your doctor mentioned this heightened risk.  Consider the following to reduce your risk for heart disease.

Get a move on fitness! exercise
You have probably been told exercise is important.  It aids in weight loss & can help improve insulin effectiveness for those with Type 2 diabetes.  Where do you start?

Now that I have diabetes, will my children get it too? general info
You may have heard diabetes is genetic but genes are not the only risk factor for diabetes.  Lifestyle factors including obesity and physical inactivity leads to Type 2 diabetes.  These risks coupled with a genetic predisposition is the unpleasant recipe for Type 2 diabetes.

Diabetes Sick Days complications
Everyone gets the occasional flu or cold but if you have diabetes, more attention needs to be given to caring for yourself when you get sick.  Blood sugar can become elevated when you are sick even if you have not eaten because your body is stressed.  Follow these tips when feeling sick to better control blood sugar.

Medications for Diabetes... how do they work? pharmacy
Type 2 Diabetes is characterized by an inability to produce adequate insulin.  Insulin moves sugar from the blood into the cell.  Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes includes a healthy food plan, exercise, weight loss, and oral medications or insulin.  What's the difference between oral medications and insulin?

What’s so great about fiber? nutrition
Fiber is a type of carbohydrate found in fruits, vegetables, and grains.  Why is fiber such a big deal?  Not only do fibrous foods contain many vitamins and minerals, fiber also packs health benefits including:

What can a food label tell me? nutrition
The Food and Drug Administration has standardized the food label found on foods. These food labels provide the nutritional content of a food. Food labels include carbohydrates, fats, sodium, and portion size. Take a look at the following food label and read on to learn more!

What is the treatment for diabetes? general info
Those recently been diagnosed with diabetes, often ask "how will this change my life?" or "what is the treatment for diabetes?". Treatment depends on diabetes diagnosis.

Know your blood sugar numbers! pharmacy
Checking your blood sugar is the best way to know how well you are managing your diabetes.  Regular blood sugar checks are vital to making decisions on how to treat diabetes.

Sweeteners 101 nutrition
Artificial sweeteners can be used to substitute regular table sugar. Sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet) and saccharin (Sweet n Low) are concentrated in sweetness. One packet of these sweeteners is equivalent to the sweetness of 2 t. of table sugar.

Why is my doctor concerned that my blood sugars are high? complications
Poorly controlled blood sugar comes with risk and potential long term complications. When you have a high concentration of sugar in your blood, if affects your body's ability to do its job effectively. Damage can arise due to this increased concentration of sugar in your blood.

How did I get diabetes? general info
Type 2 diabetes (aka adult onset diabetes) is the most common type of diabetes, affecting 90% of all people with diabetes. Type 2 diabetes was considered the adult type of diabetes, but now children are being diagnosed as well. Genetics and lifestyle are the main factors contributing to type 2 diabetes.

What do the experts mean exercise 5 times a week? exercise
You may have heard the recommendation of exercising 5 times a week. What constitutes exercise 5 times a week? What type of exercise? What is the time commitment? Read on to learn the specifics of exercising 5 times a week.

Medication Checklist pharmacy
Understanding and planning to use medication is key in treating diabetes. Below is a checklist to help make the most of your diabetes medications.

Will I always have diabetes? general info
Yes. There is no cure for diabetes… but it can be treated. Those with well-controlled blood sugar levels and those maintaining normal bodyweight, can look forward to a healthy life. It takes planning… the most successful person with diabetes takes control of their diabetes and plans. Planning means:

Control Diabetes with Diet! nutrition
Diet makes a difference whether you are at risk for diabetes or have diabetes. Following a healthy diet and exercise plan are key to treating or preventing diabetes. Research proves it!

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