While a diabetes diagnosis is tough for the patient receiving the diagnosis, it can also be a downer for loved ones. No one wants to see their friends or family members struggle with a disease. If your loved one has been diagnosed, your first inclination is probably to help them. Here are some ways to go about that, because it can be a tricky situation.
Every pregnancy has risks, and diabetes does increase possible issues for both mother and baby. But by planning carefully, making good lifestyle choices and working closely with their medical teams, most women with diabetes are able to have successful pregnancies and healthy babies.
If you have Type 2 diabetes, you may feel you’re constantly denying yourself things you used to enjoy. But I’ve read two studies recently that suggest a glass of wine with dinner may be OK, and even beneficial – if you are otherwise healthy and clear it with your doctor.
I know a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes gives you a lot to think about. But I want to encourage you to keep your kidneys near the top of your checklist.
Friends and family care about you and your health – and that’s great. But I know their concern about how you handle diabetes can cross the line into unwanted advice or judgmental comments.
Metabolic syndrome, sometimes called Syndrome X, is not really a disease. It’s actually a cluster of risk factors. Taken together they can raise your chance for heart disease, diabetes and stroke. I have read recent research that the syndrome can double your chances of developing heart disease and increase five-fold the likelihood you will develop diabetes.
If you’re a woman who has diabetes and is beginning menopause, you may be in for some challenging days ahead. But I want you to keep one thought in mind as you grapple with this double whammy: There are things you can do to keep menopause symptoms and insulin levels in check. It just takes awareness, monitoring and action.