Health and Wellness

How to Support a Loved One Who Has Diabetes

Posted by Oliver Wu, M.D. on Jan 25, 2017 7:50:00 AM

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. 

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Topics: diabetes, supporting a loved one

Pregnancy and Diabetes: 5 Tips to Make it Work

Posted by Asma Ali, M.D. on Jan 13, 2016 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: diabetes, pregnancy, risks, diabetic, having a baby

Does Wine Benefit Type 2 Diabetes?

Posted by Linda Ly, M.D. on Dec 12, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: diabetes, diabetes and wine

Have Type 2 Diabetes? Show Your Kidneys Some Love

Posted by Leonardo Espitia, M.D. on Nov 25, 2015 8:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: diabetes, kidneys

Learn to Deal with the ‘Diabetes Police’

Posted by Linda Ly, M.D. on Nov 18, 2015 8:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: diabetes, type 2 diabetes

Uncontrolled Diabetes Can Damage the Eyes, Kidneys, Heart and Other Organs – So Get A Grip!

Posted by Tom Thomas, D.O. on Nov 11, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Diabetes requires a special level of attention and care, but did you know that if you have diabetes, blood sugar alone isn’t all that you should be monitoring? Having diabetes puts you at a higher risk of a number of potential complications. It’s important to know what these are so that you are seeing the correct physicians and checking for signs of potential problems.
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Topics: diabetes, type 2 diabetes, diabetes complications, kidneys, eyes, heart

Metabolic Syndrome: Do the Math

Posted by Steffanie Campbell, M.D. on Oct 17, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Add a few points to your cholesterol, increase your blood sugar levels a bit, let out your belt a few notches…no big deal, right? But multiply these numbers by others and you may have an equation for metabolic syndrome, which can add up to some pretty serious health problems.

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.

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Topics: diabetes, risk factors, heart disease, metabolic syndrome, syndrome x, stroke, prevention

Prediabetes Isn’t a Diabetes Sentence

Posted by Leonardo Espitia, M.D. on Aug 26, 2015 5:30:00 PM

No one wants to hear they’re prediabetic. But if your doctor recently diagnosed you as such, there are some things you need to take into consideration. First, understand what it means to be prediabetic. Then start working to turn it around.
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Topics: diabetes, prediabetes, prevent diabetes, reverse prediabetes, risk factors

Menopause and Diabetes: Overcoming a Double Whammy

Posted by Linda Ly, M.D. on Jul 4, 2015 9:30:00 AM

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.

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Topics: menopause, glucose, hot flashes, diabetes, blood glucose

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