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Diabetes Self-Management

Diabetes Self-Management July/August 2019

Diabetes Self-Management offers up-to-date, practical “how-to” information on nutrition, exercise, new drugs, medical advances, self-help, and the many other topics people need to know about to stay healthy.

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Leg pain and peripheral arterial disease Cramping, pain or tiredness in the legs when walking or climbing stairs—these can be signs of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a potentially serious condition. Learn about the connection between PAD and diabetes, warning signs, treatment options and more. The differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes You’ve no doubt heard diabetes referred to as either Type 1 or Type 2, but you may not know exactly what this means. We’re here to help. In our debut “Healthy Living With Diabetes” video, learn the basics of these two conditions and how they differ from one another. Summer BBQ basics If you are looking for summer cookout ideas, your search is over! Download our free guide for more than 25 recipes perfect for a backyard BBQ, including BBQ Pork Sandwiches…

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editor’s note

Dear Readers, I am excited to be the new editor of Diabetes Self-Management, and I look forward to learning and discovering with you as we serve up delicious recipes, find innovations in the diabetes world, and dive into pioneering research. My inaugural issue, which you are holding in your hands, focuses on one of my personal favorite themes: summer survival and all things dessert. In these pages, you will find a guide to managing diabetes in the summer from none other than Dr. Oz (page 18), a guide to camps for kids with Type 1 diabetes (page 22) and a piece on the benefits of kickboxing as a fun exercise (page 50). If you have a sweet tooth (and who doesn’t?), we have packed these pages with diabetes-friendly desserts that are low-carb, which…

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cigna, express scripts to cap insulin costs at $25 monthly

On April 3, health insurance company Cigna and its pharmacy benefits manager, Express Scripts, announced a health insurance plan that will cap insulin costs at $25 monthly. The move could affect 70,000 people, reducing the cost of insulin from $40 a month on average (and much higher for some). To qualify for the plan, which aims to increase access to and affordability of insulin, patients must have monthly out-of-pocket insulin costs of higher than $25 and must participate in a non-government-funded pharmacy plan managed by Express Scripts. An estimated 7.4 million Americans depend on insulin, and reports indicate that a quarter of insulin users have rationed the medicine due to costs. “For people with diabetes, insulin can be as essential as air. We need to ensure these individuals feel secure in their ability…

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type 1 diabetes risk linked to gut bacteria immune response

In recent years, scientists have discovered links between the gut microbiome—the bacteria that live in your digestive system—and various health conditions. The potential for gut bacteria to affect health outcomes has been demonstrated in a number of studies related to diabetes—both Type 1 and Type 2. As we noted a few years ago, the type of bacteria living in people’s intestines repeatedly has been shown to help predict Type 2 diabetes. And last year, Australian researchers found that both mice and humans with an increased genetic risk for Type 1 diabetes had a different makeup of gut bacteria from other mice or humans. Now, a study has found that the immune system reacts differently to gut bacteria in children with Type 1 diabetes or at risk for it, compared with other children. Specific bacteria…

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cbt reduces a1c in type 2 diabetes: study

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy originally developed to relieve depression. It helps patients become aware of faulty or negative thinking and then teaches skills to change these dysfunctional thought patterns. Since it was developed some 50 years ago, its use has been expanded to many other areas, such as addiction, phobias and weight loss. Now, according to a new study published in the journal Diabetes Care, CBT might have a role to play in the treatment of diabetes. According to Doyle Cummings, PharmD, one of the authors, “Prior literature suggests that comorbid behavioral problems such as depression or diabetes-related distress symptoms are common…New care strategies are needed for busy primary care settings where Type 2 diabetes is most commonly managed.” For their study, the researchers recruited 139 adults with…

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diabetes quiz

Questions Summer survival guide Ah, the summer months give us many reasons to smile—long, lazy days filled with fun in the sun, travel and outdoor activities. But having diabetes may give you another reason besides shielding your skin from the sun to reach for your summer hat: Diabetes can change the health and appearance of your hair. Take this quiz to see just how diabetes can affect your lustrous locks. 1. People who have diabetes may be more likely to have which of the following autoimmune conditions that causes hair loss? ○ A. Alopecia areata ○ B. Alopecia universalis ○ C. Alopecia gravis ○ D. Androgenic alopecia 2. People who have diabetes are more likely deficient in which vitamin(s) that can contribute to hair loss? More than one answer may be correct. ○ A. Vitamin A ○ B. Biotin ○ C.…