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Tame Type 2 Diabetes in 30 Days

Tame Type 2 Diabetes in 30 Days

I believe people with diabetes can enjoy good food and good health without feeling ashamed of their bodies. Hello!  Welcome to Tame Type 2 Diabetes in 30 Days! I'm Julie Cunningham, a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. I didn't...

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Dying To Be Thin

Dying To Be Thin

She despised her body weight, and she disliked overweight in anyone else. The size of her body and everyone else’s was a continual topic of conversation. The message was mixed: Food is love, eat it up in large portions, but stay thin to be lovable.

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Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Managing Type 2 Diabetes

Does it feel like you manage your diabetes, or like your diabetes handles you? So often, I find that clients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes feel overwhelmed when it comes to their condition. This article will give you all the information you need about type 2 diabetes, from signs and symptoms to the best ways to get better blood sugars.

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The Myth of 10,000 Steps a Day

The Myth of 10,000 Steps a Day

  You've probably heard many times that you need to get 10,000 steps a day to achieve good health.  Maybe you wear a pedometer or a fitness watch that counts your steps for you— I do, too, and I like it.  But where did that 10,000 step goal come from?  Is 10,000...

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How to Send Your Inner Critic Packing

How to Send Your Inner Critic Packing

  Sometimes, that little voice inside your head isn't so little.  Your inner critic gets louder and louder, and she starts to take over your life.  That voice makes herself at home inside your mind, even though nobody invited her.  She barges in, dragging her...

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Where to Get Help for Diabetes

Where to Get Help for Diabetes

  Does your diabetes ever make you feel like you're going over the edge?  If your diabetes feels out of control, it's time to call in a pro.  There's absolutely no shame in saying "I need to get help for diabetes."  In fact, reaching out for help is the smart...

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Sleep and Diabetes Type 2

Sleep and Diabetes Type 2

  If you need an excuse to turn in early, here it is:  the quality and quantity of your sleep affects your chances of developing diabetes.  Studies have shown that people who report sleeping less than five hours per night are twice as likely to develop type 2...

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Using a Continuous Glucose Monitor for Type 2 Diabetes

Using a Continuous Glucose Monitor for Type 2 Diabetes

  Wondering if you can use a continuous glucose monitor for type 2 diabetes?  I don't blame you, I love these little devices! A few years ago, I worked in the wellness division of a hospital.  It was my team's job to screen over 12,000 employees for their...

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Your Teeth and Diabetes:  What’s the Connection?

Your Teeth and Diabetes: What’s the Connection?

  Do you ever wonder about your teeth and diabetes?  My guess is, probably not.  Most people with diabetes don't realize how much their blood sugar can affect their oral health, and why having poorly managed blood sugars can lead to dental infections and tooth...

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How to Slash the Outrageously High Price of Insulin

How to Slash the Outrageously High Price of Insulin

  I'm shocked and amazed at the price of insulin.  According to the American Diabetes Association, the average price of insulin nearly tripled between 2002 and 2013.  If you have trouble affording your insulin, you're not alone.  My patients tell me every day...

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How to Cut the Cost of Diabetes Medication

How to Cut the Cost of Diabetes Medication

  The cost of diabetes medications can be pretty cheap, or it can be outrageously high.  Your cost depends on your insurance plan (or lack thereof) as well as what kind of medication your doctor prescribes for you.  If money's tight, it's worth taking a look at...

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Cheap and Free Diabetes Supplies

Cheap and Free Diabetes Supplies

  Have you ever wished that free diabetes supplies would fall out of the sky?  It's no secret that the cost of healthcare, and especially the cost of insulin, is skyrocketing.  People are skipping tests, re-using needles, and under-dosing themselves with insulin...

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Diabetes and Alcohol

Diabetes and Alcohol

  First, before I write this post about diabetes and alcohol, I have to say that I'm almost a teetotaller, and I don't want to encourage anyone who doesn't drink to start.  There is almost no benefit to drinking alcohol and there are plenty of risks.  Having said...

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The Function of Insulin

The Function of Insulin

The main function of insulin is to help glucose (sugar) move from the bloodstream into the cells. In a person without diabetes, the pancreas releases insulin when it senses that the level of sugar in the bloodstream is rising. Insulin then "pairs up" with the sugar...

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Julie Cunningham

Julie Cunningham

MPH, RDN, LDN, CDCES, IBCLC

I believe people with diabetes can enjoy good food and good health without feeling ashamed of their bodies.