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Living with diabetes comes with its own share of challenges.  That’s where the Diabetes Village comes in!  As a diabetes coach, I’m excited to share my knowledge and experience to help people with diabetes live their life to the fullest.  Here on our blog, you’ll find tips and tricks for living with diabetes, and helpful information from someone who knows exactly what you’re going through.  So dig into the content here, and feel free to comment with any questions you may have!

Diabetes Telehealth: Making the Most of your Visit

Diabetes telehealth visits have been happening for a while, but there’s no doubt that the delivery of medical care has been transformed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Medical offices have opened up virtual visits as part of their normal operations, remote monitoring methods have been clarified, and restrictions on reimbursement for these services have been loosened. It’s a new day in healthcare.  Many physicians and medical providers now embrace telehealth, but what can you do as a patient to make the most of your diabetes telehealth visit?  What challenges can you expect? What are some advantages being experienced? Are there [...]

Diabetes and Coronavirus

People with diabetes should exercise caution and good judgment in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because people with diabetes are more likely to both become infected and develop serious complications from this illness, we must understand the risks, take preventive measures and know what to do in case symptoms appear. The American Diabetes Association, CDC, medical groups and healthcare systems across the country have made recommendations for preventing and managing diabetes and coronavirus. Diabetes and coronavirus risk Is there really any strong evidence that people with diabetes have a weakened immune system and are more susceptible to illness? [...]

Should I Invest in Diabetes Education?

How would you feel if you knew that you could improve your A1C, reduce the risk of complications, decrease the risk of diabetes-related distress and depression, reduce diabetes-related hospital admissions, and spend less money on diabetes through one action?   Would you be interested in finding this magical success formula? No, it’s not a medication or even that magical at all. These are the research-proven benefits of diabetes self-management education (DSME). Accepting the reality that diabetes is a self-managed disease is both empowering and burdensome. With diseases where medication alone is the primary treatment, the responsibility of your personal [...]

The Comprehensive Guide to Living with Diabetes

Shock, disbelief and outright denial are common responses to a new diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes (T2D). How did this happen?  What can I do about it? I feel fine….for the most part. Can diabetes be reversed? T2D is one of the most commonly-seen conditions in primary care medical offices and affects almost 10% of the US population or roughly 30 million Americans. Additionally, 79 million adults have impaired glucose tolerance or “pre-diabetes,” which is defined as elevated blood sugar that does not reach the mark for an outright diagnosis of diabetes. Read below for a comprehensive guide to [...]

How to fix high morning blood sugars

Q: I've had diabetes for 15 years and struggle with high fasting blood sugar. They are usually between 130 and 180. I'm on oral medications. I've tried everything to get it down and have not had any success so far. Getting fasting blood sugar under control can be especially challenging! High fasting blood glucose (BG) numbers tend to lead to overall higher BG levels throughout the day, so it's important to try to figure out and address the root cause.  But first, what goal blood sugar number are we targeting for the morning fasting time? In general, glucose values [...]

Best Doctor for Diabetes

  A question that I get asked often is, “Who is the best doctor for diabetes care?” What most people are really asking is, "Should I stay with my primary care physician (PCP), or should I see an endocrinologist?" Do I need a diabetes specialist? The answer is.... it depends on a variety of factors.  Let's state the obvious first. Primary care docs are well-trained to diagnose and manage diabetes. All physicians vary in their bedside manner, time spent with you, and how much they stay up to date with the fast-changing world of medicine. But PCPs know and [...]

Comprehensive Guide to Hypoglycemia

One of the biggest fears people with diabetes face is hypoglycemia, a blood sugar low. And rightfully so, because the most severe forms of hypoglycemia lead to seizures, coma and in the worst cases, death. Every person with diabetes (and under ideal circumstances, their family members) needs to know how to recognize and manage unpredictable hypoglycemic episodes. Let’s agree on some definitions first. What is hypoglycemia? Simply put, hypoglycemia is when your blood glucose (BG) dips below normal levels. Experts disagree on whether 60 or 70 defines a true low. It is very helpful to be aware of how [...]

How to Cut Costs and Save Money on Diabetes Drugs

The cost of brand name prescription medications in the United States is outrageously high.  To say the root of the problem and potential solutions is complex is an understatement! And regardless of the cost of drugs, diabetes is an expensive disease.  From frequent office visits to medications to supplies to labs and monitoring, the dollars add up quickly. In 2013, the ADA issued a statement estimating the cost of living with diabetes.   “People with diagnosed diabetes incur average medical expenditures of about $13,700 per year, of which about $7,900 is attributed to diabetes. People with diagnosed diabetes, on [...]

Choosing a Glucometer: Does it Really Matter?

For the newly diagnosed person, choosing a blood glucose meter is no simple task. If you walk down the glucometer aisle of any pharmacy, you’ll see at least 5 different brands and probably 20 different styles of glucose meters.  Knowing some basic features to use as a basis for comparison is helpful. Blood drop size, cost of meter and cost of strips definitely covers the basics, but there are also bells and whistle features (memory, syncing to a smartphone, downloading ability, etc.). In addition, some meters allow “alternate site testing,” meaning that you can use somewhere besides the fingertip (think [...]

Preventing Diabetes Complications Through Wellness Exams

If you’ve lived with diabetes for very long, you know that once a year you’ll have a comprehensive medical exam to get a big picture view of your health and stay on top of preventing diabetes complications.  While it may seem unnecessary to have all of those labs and other tests done, the annual office visits are actually quite important. They can identify early signs of organ damage and even head off complications before they start. Keeping the macrovascular (heart disease) and microvascular (kidneys, eyes, nerves) damage in check goes a long way toward ensuring you live well with [...]