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Living With Diabetes Secrets

Tips and ideas to eat well, exercise and live healthy while managing diabetes.

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Working through Denial

Knowing that you have diabetes is one thing, but accepting and working through the times of denial is another. It is very important that you talk with your physician as well as your dietitian and learn all about diabetes and how it will affect you.

- Submitted by JOANOFSPARK 6/30/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment

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EAT SMART

EAT SMART EXERCISE

- Submitted by SPARKY2025 6/29/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Rewarding yourself for good control.

In order to get myself to take a blood sugar before every meal I had to make a game out of it. I would give myself a reward, like planning for dessert if I was in really good control (less than 200) and if too high I would switch my favorite things (fruit) on the plate with a glass of water.

- Submitted by FAWKES219 6/28/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 3 Comments

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Keeping a Close Eye on Your Blood Glucose Level

Make sure that you test your blood glucose levels at least twice a day and preferably more. Just because it is low at one point during the day doesn't mean it will stay that way, especially if you have eaten several fruits.

- Submitted by JOANOFSPARK 6/27/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 5 Comments

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Many Diabetics Unaware of Hot Weather Hazards

MONDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Although diabetes raises the chances of developing heat illness, many people with the condition don't know how to reduce their risk,
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- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 6/22/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 16 Comments

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Help If You Have To Take A Ton Of Medications A Day

I have so many medications to take and have to take them at different times. I finally went out and bought 4 identical alarm clocks and set them for the different times that I need to take the medications. Then I went and got more to remind me to eat and when to take my blood sugars.

- Submitted by MSROBY 6/19/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 5 Comments

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Practice Practice Practice

Even living with diabetes takes practice in making healthy choices every day. I have succeeded in living with diabetes without medications (at one point I was taking 3 diabetes meds), and the only way I can stay off meds is to practice every day: 94 ounces of water, eating 6 small meals, and at

- Submitted by JANEXA 6/18/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 6 Comments

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Planning meals & eating more frequently

It has really helped me to plan my meals in advance and pack food to being with me to work. I eat 4 - 6 smaller meals thoughout the day rather than just a big lunch and dinner. The benefits? More control with my bs & successful weightloss!

- Submitted by JENN20BASS 6/17/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 4 Comments

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Team Support

Not only reading and responding to Team Blogs and Threads but DO Email and ask support of your Team Leader. They are qualified and Very Supportive...Thx Team Leaders.

- Submitted by GEMINI-SKY 6/17/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 0 Comments

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Space your low glycemic carbs out

Try to space your carbs out throughout the day to avoid blood sugar spikes. Choose carbs that are low on the glycemic index.

- Submitted by MORTICIAADDAMS 6/16/2010 in Living With Diabetes | 1 Comment
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