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Diabetic Living

Diabetic Living Winter 2019

Diabetic Living helps people with diabetes take control now! See how to thrive—what to eat, how to lose weight, how to achieve good blood sugars, what to know about medications, how to avoid complications, and more. And yes, you still can enjoy your favorite foods! All recipes are tested in the Better Homes and Gardens Test Kitchen.

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3 min.
you know what’s not a good idea?

Trying to fit two holiday meals into one day. Yet for years, that’s what my husband and I did every Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve, and Christmas. After flying across the country to Virginia, where both our families live, we’d try to distribute holiday time evenly. So we’d sit down with one family for an early holiday meal, then hop in the car and drive 30 minutes to the other family to do it all over again. It was exhausting and hectic. And there was way too much food. After a few too many years of groaning at the sight of a second turkey, we wised up and went out on a limb: We invited our families to celebrate together. It took some uprooting of tradition and a few more leaves in…

1 min.
remake: your grocery list

the problem You spend so much time in the grocery store, but never bring home exactly what you need. the remake Use these tips to organize your list for maximum speed and minimum forgetfulness. GO WITH THE (STORE) FLOW Create several mini-lists that match the layout of your store. Divide a sheet of paper into six sections: produce, dairy, meat, dry goods, frozen foods, and personal/home items. At the store, you’ll be able to see everything you need in each section before moving on. CREATE A MASTER LIST Are there staples, such as milk, apples, or cereal, that you need almost every visit? Type up a master list of frequently bought items, print it out, then circle or highlight items to quickly mark what you need. ADD TO YOUR LIST EVERY DAY Keep your list in a handy spot…

1 min.
remake: your winter skin care

Diabetic LIVING APPROVED the problem You’re overwhelmed by the number of products that claim to be good for dry skin. And that makes it hard to choose—let alone make them part of your routine. the remake Simplify your skin care with this three-step routine that uses classic fragrance-free and dye-free products. STEP 1: CLEANSE Wash with warm—not hot—water using a mild soap or cleanser, suggests F. Clarissa Yang, M.D., dermatologist-in-chief at Tufts Medical Center. Aim to keep baths or showers under 10 minutes to lessen skin irritation. Pat dry with a soft towel, particularly between your toes. STEP 2: MOISTURIZE Apply a fragrance-free and dye-free moisturizer after bathing to lessen the chance of allergic reactions and itching. As you moisturize, inspect your skin for any cuts or blisters, says Nancy Wei, M.D., an endocrinologist at Massachusetts General Hospital. STEP…

3 min.
remake: your numbers

Gary Miller BRADFORD, VERMONT / AGE: 65 A1C January 2018: 9.2% A1C April 2018: 5.5% the problem You’re active on the weekends, but you can’t seem to make exercise a daily habit. the remake Use this man’s approach to find an activity that you enjoy making part of your routine. THE CRISIS For 12 years, Gary Miller tried to ignore his prediabetes. “I blew it off and figured I could make little changes and it would go away,” he says. He tried several diets, including Atkins and Weight Watchers, but had little success. Even though he was active on weekends—he loved to ride his bike on logging roads with his wife—his weight continued to creep up. He was still in denial when his A1C hit an all-time high of 9.2 percent and he received an official diabetes diagnosis in…

2 min.
remake: your support network

the problem Your family and friends have the best intentions, but they don’t always know how to support your diabetes management. the remake Try these four ways to grow your diabetes support team. FIND YOUR TRIBE “A community of people who have similar experiences and ‘get you’ can go a long way,” says Mark Heyman, Ph.D., CDE, director of the Center for Diabetes and Mental Health. Try attending a local meet-up through groups like JDRF, DiabetesSisters, or the College Diabetes Network. For kids, Beyond Type 1’s Snail Mail Club is a pen-pal program that connects kids with type 1 from around the world. CONNECT ONLINE It can be easier to bond with others when you take away the pressure of speaking face-to-face. Digital diabetes communities—like Beyond Type 1, Type2Diabetes.com, TuDiabetes.org, and Diabetes Daily—are a click away. Even…

2 min.
remake: your morning routine

the problem You dread getting out of bed every morning because of what lies ahead: finger pricks, medicine dosing, and other diabetes-care tasks. the remake Try these relaxing habits to transform your mornings from stressful to soothing. AWAKE TO SOOTHING SOUNDS Does your alarm sound like an air-raid siren? No wonder you hate mornings. “That type of alarm will engage your fight-or-flight adrenaline system,” says Darria Long Gillespie, M.D., an emergency department physician in Atlanta and author of Mom Hacks. Translation? Stress. Instead, replace that annoying alarm with something more pleasant like nature sounds or soothing music. STRETCH IT OUT Doing a stretch first thing can put your body—and mind—in a good place. Try a wide-kneed child’s pose, suggests Jessica Bellofatto, founder and director of JBYoga and SUP in the Hamptons, New York. Start by kneeling on…