Everyone has some stress. It’s a part of life. But if you’re one of the more than 34 million Americans living with diabetes, you’ll need to be aware of how stress affects your blood sugar status. Today on the blog we address the connection between diabetes and stress, including a condition known as diabetes distress.
If you have diabetes or pre-diabetes, you probably know that the knowledge your healthcare team provides is critical to managing your condition. These professionals are specially trained to talk with you about topics such as healthful eating, exercise, and how to manage your diabetes so you can keep your blood sugar in range and decrease the chance of developing complications.
It’s always exciting to receive an invitation to a holiday party, especially now that in-person gatherings are back on the calendar. But for many people who are “watching their health,” a little bit of anxiety may sneak in along with the anticipation. That’s because parties usually mean lots of food and alcohol, making it especially easy for people with diabetes (type 1 or type 2) or pre-diabetes to consume more than they intended.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus.” This phrase was coined to show that in many ways, men and women speak, act, and view the world differently. Did you know that those differences also extend to how the sexes experience health conditions, including type 2 diabetes? If you are a man with diabetes, or care about one, you’ll want to read this eye-opening post.
As we age, life definitely gets more complicated, especially when it comes to health. Remember those young, carefree days when your worst ailment was an occasional tummy ache from too much candy? Those days are long past for most people by the time they get to age 65. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 85% of older adults have at least one chronic health condition, and 60% have at least two chronic conditions.
Some people think of Thanksgiving as the best meal of the year. Not only are family and friends gathered together in a spirit of friendship and gratitude, but the food itself is amazing: sweet potato casserole, buttery stuffing, rich gravy, and pies, ah, those pies!
How’s your blood pressure? If you don’t know the answer to this question, you aren’t alone. It’s common for people to only find out their blood pressure during occasional doctor’s visits. However, blood pressure is one of the most important health metrics we have.
Millions of Americans are heading back to the office. For many people that means planning childcare, plotting out commutes, and (yikes!) wearing clothing that is more than pajamas.
While there are different opinions about where this quote comes from, these words of wisdom are hard to dispute. If you are the parent or caregiver to a child or adolescent with a chronic illness, including the approximately 210,000 Americans under age 20 estimated to have diagnosed diabetes, these words can be particularly meaningful.
Think about the hard stuff you’ve faced in your life—and we know there’s been plenty! Whatever you’ve gone through, you probably noticed that dealing with it was easier with the support of someone who understands, doesn’t judge, and finds ways to help.