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Diabetes Self-Management March/April 2020

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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editor’s note

Dear Readers, Tax time is looming, which means decisions about finances are front and center for many people. And if you’re living with diabetes, you know the impact the condition can have on your wallet. Between prescriptions, medical equipment and supplies, co-pays for doctor visits, healthy food and more, it can really add up. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to trim your budget while maintaining your health. Whether you’re looking for ways to save at the pharmacy counter (page 26), tips to reduce your outlay for common supplies and nutritious foods (page 42), or approaches to spend less for fitness (page 16), there’s something here for you. Beyond monetary considerations, avoiding complications—or effectively managing them if they occur—is another top concern. In “Managing Diabetic Kidney Disease” (page 34), learn about…

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Counting Carbohydrates Like a Pro When it comes to keeping blood glucose levels under control, carbohydrate counting works better than any other system. Here are four simple recommendations for counting carbohydrates accurately and easily. Diabetes and Sexual Health Did you know that diabetes-related issues can impact your sexual health? In this video, get three tips from Certified Diabetes Educator Alison Massey that can help. Tried and True Weight-Loss Techniques Are you resolved to lose weight—and keep it off? Then be sure to check out these strategies that have stood the test of time. Vibrant Veggies Want to make sure you’re getting plenty of vegetables in your meal plan? Download our free guide for eight fresh and seasonal recipes starring spring’s luscious harvest. Easy Lemon Chicken If you’re looking for a healthful meal that’s a cinch to prepare, you need…

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how sleep can affect diabetes: study

We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is important to our health, and that includes the health of people with diabetes. But exactly what does “a good night’s sleep” mean? Recently, researchers in the Netherlands investigated that very question and published the results in the journal Diabetes Care. The researchers collected data on 172 patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) who were receiving care from the Amsterdam University Medical Center. The researchers’ goal was to learn how different sleep measures affected the subjects’ HbA1c, which is a measure of a person’s average blood glucose (sugar) levels over the previous two to three months. The investigators looked not only at how long the patients slept but also at other sleep measures—sleep efficiency, sleep variability, midsleep time and subjective quality of sleep.…

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new gene regions linked to diabetic kidney disease in type 1

It’s well known that having poorly controlled or longstanding diabetes increases the risk of developing complications, including diabetic kidney disease (DKD)—a leading cause of disability in people with diabetes that can end in organ failure. That’s because elevated blood glucose levels cause damage to blood vessels over time, and the tiny blood vessels in your kidneys are especially prone to this type of damage. But blood glucose control and duration of diabetes aren’t the only factors in developing diabetic kidney disease. In a new study—the largest ever to look at the genetic factors behind this complication—researchers at University College Dublin (UCD) in Ireland have identified 16 areas of the human genome that contribute to diabetic kidney disease risk in people with type 1 diabetes. Scientists have long known that there are wide…

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fda testing metformin for carcinogen

Since its approval for marketing in the United States in 1994, metformin has become the first-line drug for treating type 2 diabetes. It’s no exaggeration to say that this medicine has revolutionized how type 2 is treated, since it lowers blood glucose levels without the significant risk of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose) associated with older classes of drugs for type 2. It also appears to have a range of secondary benefits, from weight loss to better heart health to improved cognition to reduced anxiety. But in the wake of warnings from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that low levels of the potentially cancer-causing contaminant N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) were found in the acid reflux drug Zantac (ranitidine), the agency has confirmed that it is testing samples of metformin for the same substance,…

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cutting costs for diabetes care

Good health is your wealth. But if you have diabetes, you know that the rising prices of medications, supplies and co-payments can deplete your bank account. How familiar are you with money-saving tips for cutting the costs of diabetes care? Test yourself with this quiz. 1. On average, people with diagnosed diabetes spend over four times more on their healthcare than those without diabetes. ○ True ○ False 2. Drugstore prices for identical medications can vary. ○ True ○ False 3. In comparing insurance plans, which of the following options should you consider to make cost-effective choices? ○ A Coverage for prescription medicines. ○ B Co-payments and deductibles. ○ C Coverage for medical supplies and devices. ○ D All of the above. 4. Which of the following is NOT a safe strategy to help you save money on diabetes care? ○ A Comparing…