Three Strategies for Heart Healthy Eating

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Constance Brown-Riggs Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RDN, CDCES, CDN, is a national speaker and author of several nutrition books for people with diabetes. ​Nutritionist and educator Constance Brown-Riggs, MSEd, RDN, CDCES, CDN, discusses the relationship between food and heart health, and how you can make eating choices […]

Hitting a Nerve: Introduction to Neuropathy

This content originally appeared on diaTribe. Republished with permission. By Cheryl Alkon Cheryl Alkon is a seasoned writer and the author of the book Balancing Pregnancy With Pre-Existing Diabetes: Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby. What is neuropathy? And more specifically, what is diabetic neuropathy? What are the symptoms and how can you prevent and treat neuropathy? When […]

This Is Your Brain on Diabetes (ADA 2021)

The brain affects diabetes, and diabetes affects the brain, a complex relationship that goes in both directions. For many patients, the brain-metabolism connection means challenges and health declines. Most people that have experienced hypo- and hyperglycemia are well aware of the way that blood sugar troubles can inflict brain fog and other minor short-term malfunctions. […]

Diabetes & Smoking: What You Need to Know

Most of us know that smoking is horrible for one’s health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, yet over 34 million Americans still smoke tobacco cigarettes nearly every day. Unsurprisingly, smoking is even worse for your health if […]

Managing My Anxiety of Possible Retinopathy

I remember feeling anxious. Sitting in the waiting room of the eye doctor in March of 2019, I knew this sensation all too well. It came from my experience of receiving “bad news” one too many times. I was nervous but quietly tried to connect with the inner knowing that I was not the only […]

Diabetes Complications: How They Affected My Body

I have a list of excuses as to why my diabetes was never really properly controlled. At 24 years old, I was diagnosed, but I was treated as a type 2. My doctor based it on my age. For 2 years that I was treated as a type 2, my sugars were never coming down, and […]

Marijuana as a Treatment for Neuropathy: Emerging Evidence

Marijuana, or cannabis, has a long history of human use. Although it remains federally illegal, many states have opened the door to medical, and even recreational use legislation. Notably, more and more research studies are being conducted on the medicinal properties of cannabis, and a growing body of evidence now supports the relevance and efficacy […]

Study Sheds Light on How High Blood Sugar Can Cause Complications Years Later

People with all types of diabetes are at a higher risk for numerous health complications, in particular for various vascular problems. While it is known that consistently tight glycemic management can greatly minimize these health risks, there are numerous factors which will determine long-term health outcomes. One interesting concept is that of “metabolic memory,” a […]

Unusual Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms Not to Ignore

Approximately 463 million people globally are living with type 2 diabetes and by 2045, this is supposed to rise to 700 million. Type 2 diabetes is largely caused by insulin resistance (IR) while the cause of IR can range from any number of genetic deficiencies to environmental causes. It’s important to look at both of […]