Ginger Vieira, Sr. Content Manager

 
Ginger VieiraGinger diagnosed herself with type 1 diabetes during the 7th-grade health fair when she was 13 years old — and nobody believed her for a week! She also lives with Celiac disease, fibromyalgia, and hypothyroidism.
Needless to say, her immune system has made some very questionable choices over the years, but she has spent her entire adult life creating content that helps people juggle the daily challenges of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
She’s authored a variety of books, including “When I Go Low” (for kids), “Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes,” and “Dealing with Diabetes Burnout.” Ginger’s also written for DiabetesMineHealthlineT1D ExchangeDiabetes Strong, Diathrive, and more! As a former competitive powerlifter, yoga teacher, and health coach, Ginger loves the never-ending experiment of managing type 1 diabetes around exercise.
In her free time, she is usually jumping rope, scootering with her daughters, or walking with her handsome fella and her amazing dog, Petey. (Find more articles by Ginger at Beyond Type 1.)

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All About Mounjaro: A New Medication for Type 2 Diabetes + Obesity


This new drug for type 2 diabetes and obesity is a once-weekly injection that may help you reach your A1c and weight loss goals and decrease insulin resistance.MORE
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Menopause + Type 2 Diabetes


The natural transition to menopause can have a big impact on your blood sugar levels and insulin needs. Here's what you need to know:MORE
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Using Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes: Benefits Beyond Your A1c


Using insulin to manage type 2 diabetes can positively impact more than just your A1c and blood sugar levels. MORE

Preventing + Treating Hypoglycemia in Older Adults with Diabetes


When it comes to low blood sugars, there are a few additional things to consider if you are over 60 years old. Let’s take a look… MORE
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6 Things Doctors Should Say to Patients with Diabetes


Every type of diabetes is demanding. Feeling heard, understood, and respected by your healthcare team is a critical part of reaching diabetes goals!MORE
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Promising New Drug Leads to 22.5% Weight Loss in Adults Living with Obesity


The latest study on a new drug is making headlines for its impressive ability to help patients lose weight.MORE
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My Experience Getting LASIK Eye Surgery as a Person with Diabetes


Ginger Vieira shares her experience getting LASIK eye surgery as a person with type 1 diabetes. Twelve years later, she's still so glad she did it.MORE
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Can People with Diabetes Get LASIK Eye Surgery?


Have you heard rumors that you can’t get LASIK while living with diabetes? SPOILER: They’re not true! Learn more about getting LASIK...MORE
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Getting Therapy as a Man with Diabetes: “Our pride gets the best of us.”


Asking for help is never easy—especially for a man in today’s world where mental health is often overlooked. Here, Keith shares why asking for help was worth it.MORE
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Hypoglycemia 101: What You Need to Know


Here are the need-to-know basics of managing hypoglycemia—also known as low blood sugar—if you live with diabetes.MORE
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Avoiding Lows While Drinking Alcohol


Did you know alcohol can actually lead to low blood sugars in the hours after you drink? Learn how to stay safe.MORE

What to Eat: Fast-Acting Carbs to Treat Low Blood Sugars


Learn what and how much to eat for your next low blood sugar with this easy fast-acting carbs chart.MORE

Diabetes Astrology: Snacks for Hypoglycemia Based on Your Zodiac Sign


What are the stars trying to tell you? Here's a little Astrological guidance on which fast-acting carbs to reach for during your next low.MORE
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Can People with Diabetes Donate Blood?


Does your diabetes diagnosis mean you cannot donate blood? Here's what you need to know...MORE

Why You Should Try a CGM Even if You’re Reluctant


Even if you’ve gotten used to pricking your finger, you’ll probably love using a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) to manage type 2 diabetes.MORE

Why Your CGM “Glucose” Level is Not the Same as Your “Blood Sugar” Level 


Frustrated when the number on your CGM doesn’t precisely match the number on your meter? There’s a really good explanation for this.MORE
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5 Tips to Stop Over-Treating Low Blood Sugars


Low blood sugars are the worst—but what makes them even more miserable is the desperate urge to eat everything in sight. Here are a few tips to help you break this habit.MORE
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Guide: Asking Your Doctor About Using an Insulin Patch


The CeQur Simplicity insulin patch is so new that your doctor may not even know about it! Learn how to get the conversation started…MORE

Protecting Your Eyes as a Person of Color with Diabetes


Dr. Kristen Nwanyanwu is working to improve eye care and diabetes education provided to people of color with diabetes.MORE

All About Time-in-Range


Time-in-range (TIR) is a measurement that tells you what percentage of the day your blood sugars are in your goal range.MORE
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This Program Lets You Try the Freestyle Libre CGM for Free


You can try the Freestyle Libre continuous glucose monitor for two weeks at no cost with the My Freestyle program.MORE

Diabetes Care for U.S. Immigrants: Why Housing Stability and Food Access Must Come First


“If a patient is worried about having enough money for food or being evicted, telling them to count their carbs isn’t usually effective.”MORE

5 Things Diabetes Technology Can Do for You


When it comes to managing diabetes, many of the advances in technology have actually made life simpler and safer.MORE

Weight + Diabetes Complications: What’s the Connection?


Does your weight play a role in your risk of developing diabetes complications? Learn more about the potential link and what you can do.MORE

Frustrated with Your Diabetes Goals? Try This Approach Instead


If you’re frustrated with traditional diabetes goals like “lower my A1c” and “lose 15 pounds,” here’s a different way to approach goal-setting.MORE

All About the CeQur Simplicity Insulin Patch


This ultra-thin wearable insulin patch is a simple and convenient way to deliver your mealtime and correction dose insulin!MORE
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Losing Weight with Type 2 Diabetes: “You cannot hate yourself to wellness.”


Mary Van Doorn shares her weight loss journey over 20+ years with type 2 diabetes while facing the biggest obstacle—her emotional wellness.MORE
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If You Take Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes, Your Doctor Should Also Prescribe This…


If you take insulin as a person with type 2 diabetes, your healthcare provider should prescribe emergency glucagon, too. Here’s why…MORE
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The Most Recommended Tool for a Healthy Weight + A1c with Type 2 Diabetes


To help you get the ball rolling on your weight loss and A1c goals, experts recommend starting on this medication. Here’s what and why...MORE
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Emergency Glucagon for Type 2 Diabetes: “My blood sugar was 37 mg/dL…”


If you take insulin as a person with type 2 diabetes, emergency glucagon could save your life during a severe low blood sugar. Learn more…MORE
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Women with Diabetes Need Accessible Women’s Health Care


For a woman with diabetes, regular and affordable access to women’s health care is critical. In this guide, we explore information most women with diabetes are never told and dig into what’s being...MORE
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Insulin Pens vs. Insulin Pumps for Type 2 Diabetes


Using insulin to manage type 2 diabetes comes with options! Here are the pros and cons of insulin pens vs. pumps.MORE
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Managing Diabetes with a High-Deductible Insurance Plan


An increasingly common type of health insurance plan, HDHPs are marketed as lower-cost healthcare — but are often prohibitively expensive for anyone with chronic health conditions. Here’s what you...MORE
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11 Nutrition Tips to Help You Lose Weight with Diabetes


When it comes to losing weight, it’s the little things that make a big difference. Little decisions we make each day. Little habits. Little changes.MORE
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Losing Weight with Type 2 Diabetes: Things to Consider


Losing weight with type 2 diabetes isn’t as simple as many might think. Here are a few important details to keep in mind while working on your weight-loss goals as a person with T2D.MORE
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Guide: Talking to Your Doctor About Insulin for Type 2 Diabetes


Starting insulin therapy for Type 2 diabetes can be overwhelming – there’s a lot to learn! Here are some questions to ask your doctor to help you get started with using insulin.MORE
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Medication Options for Type 2 Diabetes


There are so many treatment options for Type 2 diabetes today—it can be a little overwhelming. But it’s really important to find what works for you!MORE
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What’s Coming in 2022 for Type 2 Diabetes Medications + Technology?


In 2022, we expect to see a variety of new medication and technology options to help people manage life with Type 2 diabetes. Here’s a glimpse at what’s coming…MORE
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Checking Your Blood Sugar During Pregnancy with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes


Managing your blood sugars during pregnancy is not a simple task — especially if you’re taking insulin. Here’s what you need to know to keep your BG levels in a safe range.MORE
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Inhaled Insulin: Myths Vs. Facts


Inhaled insulin has been around for several years, but there are many myths about this zero-poke method of taking insulin.MORE
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Diabetes Denial: How can I face my diabetes diagnosis?


Struggling with denial that you've been diagnosed with diabetes? Here are a few ideas to help you move forward.MORE
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If type 2 diabetes runs in my family, can I prevent it?


Learn about the genetics of type 2 diabetes and what you can do to reduce your risk of developing it—even if it runs in your family.MORE
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What are 2 changes I can make in my diet for a big impact on my diabetes?


Here are two simple changes you can make in your diet for a big impact on your blood sugars and your overall diabetes health.MORE
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How 30 minutes of physical activity a day can help you manage diabetes


Learn how even just 30 minutes of daily physical activity can have a big impact on your blood sugars and overall diabetes health.MORE
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How are these medications helping my diabetes?


Learn exactly how each diabetes medication works to improve blood sugar levels and your overall health.MORE
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I need to take insulin but I’m scared of needles…


Are you struggling to take your insulin as prescribed because of a fear of needles? Learn more about needle phobia here...MORE
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How can I protect my toes, feet, and legs from amputation?


Learn how to protect your toes, feet, and legs from amputation as a person with Type 2 diabetes.MORE
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Using a CGM for My Type 2 Diabetes


Three people with Type 2 diabetes share how using a CGM has changed the way they manage their blood sugars—and how much safer they feel, too.MORE
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Getting a CGM for Type 2 Diabetes with Private Insurance


For people with Type 2 diabetes, getting a prescription and insurance coverage for a CGM can be a challenge. MORE
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Getting a CGM for Type 2 Diabetes on Medicare


For people with Type 2 diabetes, getting a prescription and insurance coverage for a CGM can be a challenge. Here's how to qualify on Medicare.MORE
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What is insulin resistance?


Insulin resistance is the root cause of type 2 diabetes. Learn what you can do to prevent or slow the progression of insulin resistance in your body.MORE
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What is diabetes remission?


What is the official definition of diabetes remission? We finally have a clear definition of "diabetes remission" and how it differs from "cure" and "reversal". MORE
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What are diabetes complications and what causes them?


For many people, diabetes complications develop as a result of persistently high blood glucose, high blood sugar.MORE
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Why do I need to check my blood sugar if my A1C is fine?


Your A1c result only offers you a glimpse into where your blood sugars have been over the past 3 months, but daily blood sugar checks can tell you much more...MORE
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Why does my body need insulin?


Without enough insulin the body feels as if it's starving, even though the sugar levels in your blood could be extremely high.MORE
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After Years of Denial, This Man Manages His Diabetes with Insulin


When Arvind Ramaswamy was diagnosed with MODY 1 diabetes at 25 years old in 1995, he was convinced the doctors had made a mistake.MORE
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“My doctor refused to put me on insulin for Type 2 diabetes, so I got a new doctor.”


Before Kate Cornell was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in 2005 at 50 years old, she had no idea anything was wrong. Today, she uses both metformin and insulin to manage her blood sugars.MORE
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“I stopped taking insulin in January 2021,” says Prince Blue


With an A1c of 17.6 percent at his diagnosis, Prince looks back and realizes he should’ve started insulin right away. But today, he’s no longer taking insulin and thriving.MORE

Medication Options for Type 2 Diabetes with Dr. Diana Isaacs


Which medication for Type 2 diabetes is right for you? There's so many options, it can be confusing! Watch this interview to learn how they each work and why your doctor started with metformin.MORE

Guide: Talking to Your Doctor About Medications for Type 2 Diabetes


With so many options available today, it’s important to talk to your doctor about what diabetes medications might be right for you and your goals.MORE

How a New Treatment for Painful Diabetic Neuropathy Changed This Man’s Life


Earl Arnold endured the pain of diabetic neuropathy for years before finding a treatment option that truly changed his life.MORE

Learn How to Recognize Painful Diabetic Neuropathy


Learn about the signs and symptoms of painful diabetic neuropathy — and how it’s different from other types of neuropathy.MORE

Treatment Options for People with Painful Diabetic Neuropathy


Struggling with painful diabetic neuropathy? Learn about treatment options to help reduce your pain and improve your day-to-day life.MORE
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Tips to Avoid Post-Meal Spikes in Your Blood Sugar


We've gotta eat! But managing those post-meal spikes can be tricky. Here are 3 tips that could help...MORE

Deep Dive: All of the Non-Drug Pain Treatment Options for Diabetic Neuropathy


Painful neuropathy can be disruptive, life-altering, and overwhelming. Don’t deal with it alone; learn about non-drug pain relief options.MORE

Diabetic Neuropathy: A Common Complication with a New Solution


Scary: talking about diabetes complications. Scarier: Keeping your pain to yourself when there are life-changing solutions available.MORE
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Best Times of Day to Check Your Blood Sugar


Here, we’ll look at the best times to check your blood sugar for the most information about your diabetes management!MORE
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All About Gvoke HypoPen®


Anyone who takes insulin and other medications that cause low blood sugar should know about the premixed insulin Gvoke HypoPen.MORE
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Low Blood Sugars + Anxiety While Returning to Your Busy Routine


Easing back into "regular" life can increase your anxiety about low blood sugars and diabetes management. Here are a few tips to help:MORE
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Save a Life: It’s Time to Learn About Glucagon


Easy as an EpiPen, learn how to save a life with glucagon — because someone you know can have severe hypoglycemia, even if you don't know it!MORE
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Research on Pancreas Transplants in Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes


Pancreas transplants are not an easy solution to type 1 or type 2 diabetes, but for some, they may be life-saving.MORE
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Anxiety in People with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes


Anxiety in people with diabetes may not be discussed very often, but research finds that it's very common.MORE
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The Impact of Blood Sugar Levels + DKA on Your Brain


Recent research suggests that DKA and prolonged high blood sugar levels cause the most injury to your brain.MORE
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Depression in People with Type 2 Diabetes: Prevalence + Treatment Strategies


Research on the relationship between type 2 diabetes and depression highlighting the true burden of daily management.MORE

How to Ask Your Primary Care Provider for Glucagon


Your doctor may not know about emergency glucagon, why you need it, and the newest types available. Here's how to ask for it...MORE

How to Get Emergency Glucagon: CoPay Cards + Insurance Denials


What to do if your health insurance denies your request for newer emergency glucagon treatment productsMORE
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Overcoming Denial: This Chef Lowered Her A1c from 9.5 to 5.9 Percent


Within 95 days, Genny lowered her A1c from 9.5 to 5.9 percent while still enjoying a diet full of real food and flavor.MORE
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COVID Pandemic Leads to a Sharp Drop in A1c Testing


"We started getting a lot of referrals with really high A1cs in the double-digits,” says Jennifer Okemah, MS, RD, BCADM, CDCES, CSSDMORE
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How to Get Labs + Tests Done for Telehealth Visits


Here are 3 ways to get those routine yet important lab tests done so you can discuss the results at your next telehealth appointment.MORE

The Continued Importance of A1C Tests for Diabetes Care


Regular A1c tests are one of the best ways to determine if your blood sugars have been in a safe and healthy range during the previous three months.MORE
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Preparing for a Telehealth Appointment: What to Know


Telehealth appointments aren't quite as simple as showing up at your doctor's office. Make sure you're prepared for your next telehealth appointment...MORE

Which Sunglasses are Best for People with Diabetes?


You probably know that UVA and UVB light can both damage your skin -- increasing your risk of skin cancer -- but it’s important to protect your eyes from UV light, too.MORE
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What does 20/20 vision mean?


The vision test you’ve probably been doing since you were 3 years old is called “visual acuity testing” and it determines whether your vision is 20/20 or something else.MORE
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We Asked an Ophthalmologist: Who REALLY Needs Eye Exams?


Regardless of your A1c, Kevin Blinder, MD, ophthalmologist explains why everyone with diabetes needs an annual eye exam.MORE
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Floaters in Your Vision: When Should You Be Concerned?


Floaters are very common in people with diabetes who have developed diabetic retinopathy or diabetic macular edema.MORE
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All About Glaucoma in People with Diabetes


People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop glaucoma compared to the non-diabetic population, but you can take steps to reduce your risk.MORE
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All About Cataracts in People with Diabetes


For people with diabetes, chronically high blood sugar levels can affect the wellbeing of your lenses and lead to cataracts.MORE
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All About Diabetic Macular Edema


Diabetic macular edema (DME) is extremely common in people with diabetic retinopathy. These two eye conditions are the leading cause of blindness in developed countries across the globe.MORE
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All About Diabetic Retinopathy


Retinopathy is one of the most common and most serious diabetes-related eye complications. It’s actually the leading cause of preventable blindness.MORE
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All About “Dry Eye” with Diabetes


One of the most common yet rarely talked about eye conditions in people with diabetes is “dry eye,” it affects approximately 54 percent of people with diabetes.MORE
Patients Share: Treatments for Diabetes Eye Complications

Patients Share: Treatments for Diabetes Eye Complications


People with type 1 and type 2 diabetes share their experience receiving treatments for diabetes eye complications like retinopathy and macular edema, and how it’s helped save their vision. MORE
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Computer Screens + Blue Light: What Screen Time Can Do to Your Eyes


65% of Americans report experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain, also referred to as “computer vision syndrome”.MORE
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What’s the Difference: Ophthalmologist vs. Optometrist vs. Optician


Regular appointments with eye specialists are the best way to protect your eyes and your vision from diabetes complications.MORE
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What to Expect at Your Annual Diabetes Eye Exam


Painless and non-invasive, your annual diabetes eye exam will be looking for signs of these five eye conditions...MORE
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Why You Should Schedule Your Annual Diabetes Eye Exam


Your annual diabetes eye exam is the best way to protect your vision from diabetes-related eye complications.MORE
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How Diabetes Impacts Your Mood


Blood sugar fluctuations and constant stress means diabetes can easily impact your mood...MORE
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At-Home Workout: 15-Minute Dumbbell Routine for Beginners


Getting started with strength-training can be overwhelming and confusing. Keep it simple with this daily 15-minute beginner's dumbbell workout!MORE
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Moving Past Denial with Type 2 Diabetes


Denial is all too common for people newly diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, and for good reason. Let's take a closer look...MORE

Insulin + Temperature: Why It’s Really Important


Insulin is very sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. Even an hour in a hot car can spoil your insulin. Learn how to keep it safe...MORE

If a Strict Low-Carb Diet Doesn’t Work For You…


Instead of an extremely strict low-carb or ketogenic diet, try adding these low-carb tips to a more flexible way of eating.MORE

Making the Switch from Pens to a Pump: What to Know


Switching from multiple daily injections (MDI) with an insulin pen to an insulin pump is a very exciting decision! Here's what you need to know...MORE

Doctors Agree: They Need More Time with Type 2 Diabetes Patients


90% of doctors want more time with Type 2 diabetes patients and better communication between specialists regarding each patient.MORE
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3 Cardio Exercises That Are More Fun Than Jogging


If you hate jogging, it's okay! Here are 3 types of cardio exercise that'll get your heart pumping without the heavy (and boring) impact on your joints.MORE
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Yeast Infections + Diabetes: What You Need to Know


High blood sugar levels can feed the growth of yeast, leading to yeast infections. Here's what you need to know...MORE

How Your Menstrual Cycle Can Affect Your Diabetes


Frustrated by sudden swings in your blood sugar right before your period starts? Here, we’ll take a look at the specific hormones involved in your menstrual cycle, how they might impact your diabete...MORE