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The Benefits of Diabetes Summer Camps

Now that the world is beginning to re-open and take us back to pre-pandemic times, we’re all trying to figure out how to take advantage of our renewed sense of freedom. If you have children, you’re probably starting to look at the calendar and figure out what summer camp options are available near you. CWD has you covered with a comprehensive list of diabetes camps all over the United States listed by state. Peer Support Matters1 Most of you reading this can probably remember the first time you met someone else that has diabetes or has a child with diabetes. […]

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Diabetes Can Be Complicated

Despite the significant advancements in type 1 diabetes care over the last ten years, along with having multiple different hybrid closed-loop systems available, most Americans are not achieving glycemic goals.1 Although it’s wonderful to celebrate the trend of decreasing occurrences of complications experienced by people with type 1 diabetes, it’s also important to understand the risks that are still present. Drs. Subramanian and Hirsch from the University of Washington published a recent article discussing the implications of the 30-year follow-up results from the landmark DCCT and EDIC trials, which provides really important insight for people with type 1 diabetes.2 The […]

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Overcoming Challenges for Women with Diabetes

In 2021, we published an article about needing more research on people with diabetes assigned female at birth that discussed a lack of research on common challenges that women with diabetes experience. In this article, we will present research articles published since the last article relating to women with diabetes. Please note, that when we are referring to “women” we are referring to anyone who has a uterus, as we will be discussing menstruation and menopause. Menstruation Research Updates Keeping your blood glucose levels in target range is not easy to do at baseline. When you add the changes in […]

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Mixing Alcohol and Diabetes

With the holiday season upon us, you may find yourself being offered more wine, beer, and mixed drinks than usual. If you have diabetes, there’s a bit more to consider than whether you prefer red or white wine. It’s important to understand how alcohol affects the body and what that means for your diabetes care. When alcohol is processed in the body, the liver stops sending out glucose into the blood stream as it normally does, and, therefore, the blood sugar can drop. In people without diabetes, the pancreas will then decrease the amount of insulin it’s sending out to […]

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Hypoglycemia Unawareness

Diabetes experts believe that around 25% of people living with type 1 diabetes have impaired awareness of hypoglycemia, or hypoglycemia unawareness.1 Given that there are very real acute risks of having hypoglycemia, being able to recognize when your blood sugar is either low or dropping can be lifesaving. In 2021, researchers in the Netherlands conducted a study on 509 people with type 1 diabetes over a three-year period to see if C-peptide levels and other variables are related to having hypoglycemic unawareness .2 Previous studies that have shown that C-peptide was protective against severe hypoglycemia, but C-peptide had not yet […]

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Bolusing for Fat and Protein

The era of continuous glucose monitoring has put a spotlight on the many fluctuations that a person with diabetes (PWD) has in a day, and even in an hour sometimes. With access to this data, it is understandable why PWD are looking to make the hills in their blood sugar roller coasters less steep. One way to help decrease the dreaded post-meal spike is to do what we can to match insulin to the food we’re eating. It’s not just about the pre-bolus; it is also about the types of food consumed and how quickly or slowly foods absorb in […]

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Financial Stress & Diabetes

Healthcare in the United States is something that has been a hot topic in the news in recent years. We have a unique system and when compared to other high-income countries, we spend more money, but we have a lower life expectancy.1 Diabetes is one of the most expensive conditions in the United States.  Here are some of the stats:2 Costing the US $237 billion in 2017 1 in 4 dollars spent in healthcare in U.S. are for diabetes Person with diabetes on average costs $16,752 each year In a study from January 2020, researchers looked at the estimated lifetime […]

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How to Fast Safely with Diabetes

Fasting, which is the practice of not eating or drinking for an extended period of time, is something that many people do for many different reasons. April marks the beginning of Ramadan, and with it brings challenges for people with diabetes who want to participate in the fasting tradition. Although people with diabetes are exempt from the fasting portion of Ramadan, it is something many desire to follow. No matter what those reasons are, we hope this this article helps people learn how to fast safely, with support from their healthcare team. Benefits of Intermittent Fasting:1-2 Flipping the “metabolic switch” […]

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