Category: Mind

You Are Your Own Best Health Advocate

Excerpt: You Are Your Own Best Health Advocate

“I’ve learned a lot from living with type 2 diabetes, but no lesson rings truer than this: no one knows you better than you. “No one else understands what you are experiencing as you manage life with type 2 diabetes. Your medical team will go over your numbers. Friends and family might mention they’ve noticed changes. But 99.999% of the time, you are managing your diabetes on your own. That puts you in a unique–and powerful–position. …” Read the full article on Healthgrades.

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Diabetes Shouldn't Mean Giving Up Who You Are

Excerpt: Diabetes Shouldn’t Mean Giving Up Who You Are

“Right now, all over the world, there are people successfully managing life with type 2 diabetes. Regardless of our culture, race, or ethnicity, we are living full lives. But even though we have the same condition, we don’t all manage diabetes in the exact same way. Each of us has to find a way to care for ourselves within the context of our own lives, cultures, and values. “In diabetes care, some days it might feel like everything is about the numbers. How many grams of carbs have I eaten today? How many steps did I take? What’s my A1C? Hit the numbers and you’re a “good” diabetic—at least that’s what we’re told. “When I was first diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, more than a decade ago, I remember the doctor saying I’d need to drastically change my habits in specific ways to hit these numbers. But change is hard,

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Hitting the road. Is it even possible?

July 21, 2020 – Planning a Road Trip During COVID-19

My latest article on Type2Diabetes.com is all about that road trip you’re dreaming about. Summer is upon us. Is it time to hit the road? We are all simultaneously anxious to get out of the house after months of restrictions and still stay safe and healthy as we start venturing out. For those of us who live with type 2 diabetes and are at risk of worse outcomes from COVID-19, staying safe and healthy will take some extra thought and effort. Read more here: Planning a Road Trip During COVID-19

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June 15, 2020 – Is a Mask a Political Statement?

#MaskUp for everyone’s good health. Somehow, there’s a debate around whether or not to wear a mask to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some people make the argument that being required to wear a mask violates their constitutional rights. Other people make the argument that cloth masks are ineffective and so it doesn’t make sense to make people wear them. Personally, I’m most concerned about what cloth masks can do to stop the spread. Because, well, if you get sick and die you’re not going to be able to exercise your constitutional rights anyway. Several common misconceptions are getting in the way of people understanding how a mask can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep them healthy. Some people think that wearing a cloth mask doesn’t do anything. But woven cloth acts as a physical barrier, keeping droplets from coughs, sneezes, and just talking from spreading. the virus

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