If you need insulin therapy to control your diabetes, one unfortunate side effect is weight gain. Try these practical tips as you work with your doctor to correct this problem.
We often look forward to changes of season, but if you have diabetes, you need to be extra careful when temperatures climb dramatically. Extreme heat can affect your blood sugar control. If you use insulin or if your treatment of blood sugars is inadequate, this can put you at higher risk. Often, worsening blood sugar … Read More
Some of my patients with diabetes ask me what’s the big deal if their blood sugar levels go up a little or they gain a few pounds over the holidays. They say they can always lose the weight afterward and get their sugar levels under control. To an extent, that could be true. If you’re … Read More
One in four people has pre-diabetes, or elevated blood glucose, that puts them at a higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. There are no clear symptoms of pre-diabetes. You may have it and not even know. To prevent diabetes, I recommend a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle. Exercise and following a … Read More
If you have any form of diabetes, even if it’s well-controlled, I strongly recommend you get the flu vaccine. Here’s why. Everyone has the chance to get the flu. If you have diabetes, your immune system is already weakened. Taking extra precautions is important because your overall risk for catching the flu is higher … Read More
These days, more people work night and rotating shifts, either in a primary job or in a second one. That’s tough enough. Tougher still is that recent studies suggest night shift work may increase your chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Studies also show you are at more risk if you are a rotating shift … Read More
Fatigue is one of the most common complaints I hear from my patients, and it’s also one of the hardest to treat. There can be so many reasons that people experience fatigue, ranging from medical conditions like sleep apnea to psychological problems like depression or simple lifestyle factors like not getting enough sleep. Sometimes there’s … Read More
Here are 4 of the most common questions I hear from my diabetes patients: 1. Why should I care about blood sugar if I’m going to end up on dialysis anyway? You can prevent or delay the progression of kidney disease and dialysis by controlling your blood sugar and blood pressure. Studies show that even … Read More