Karen's Diabetes Blog

Posted: October 8, 2011

Diabetes, Eyes and Malawi Africa

Due to the epidemic of HIV/AIDS and poor access to health care in Malawi, my son told me that many of the eye conditions were ones that you wouldn’t normally see in North America. For example, a lot of tumors and cancers of the eye…In Malawi they call diabetes “the sugars”. As in North America and other parts of the world, diabetes is increasing in Malawi…Wherever you live in the world the fight to reduce diabetes retinopathy depends on…

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Posted: October 5, 2011

I am underweight, how do I gain weight when I have diabetes?

Once you have diabetes and are underweight, eating can be a challenge. Restricting carbohydrate foods that increase your blood sugar, also restricts calories, so you need to rely more on proteins and fats to get your needed calories…many different ideas to boost calories…

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Posted: October 3, 2011

I have heard omega-3 fats are good for you, what foods should I eat?

Yes, omega-3 fat is healthy for your brain and eyes! …may lower your risk for heart attacks and stroke…The best source of omega-3’s is from fish and seafood…Here is “Seafood Chowder”, a great fish and seafood-based meal recipe from The Complete Diabetes Guide.

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Posted: October 1, 2011

Should I start jogging?

For most adults…I do not recommend jogging…When you jog, both feet land on the ground together…with a force of three or more times the weight of your body…you are at risk of foot problems…you can protect your feet and keep your feet for life.

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Posted: September 30, 2011

Insulin made my grandpa sicker so I do not want to go on the needle

Insulin does not make people sicker, but in your grandfather’s time, insulin was often not started until the blood sugar levels had been high for many years…often the sooner you start on diabetes medications or insulin, the sooner you can start getting your blood sugar under control.

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Posted: September 27, 2011

What is a Certified Diabetes Educator?

Your doctor has an important role in your health… To become a CDE the professional must work… their certification shows that their commitment to diabetes is strong…

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Posted: September 25, 2011

Diabetes, and socks, weather and walking

…the glorious season of Autumn…sometimes we are so busy, we do not enjoy the little things in life, a shower, new socks, a hike to enjoy nature…This all relates to diabetes…And check your feet carefully when you return from your nature hike or walk.

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Posted: September 24, 2011

Do dietitians ever eat junk food?

I regularly attend dietitian conferences…Hmmm, it’s not that I want to give away our trade secrets, but…

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Posted: September 22, 2011

Will losing weight help my diabetes?

If you are overweight, even a small loss can help…In the losing weight section of my book I talk about the importance of a “treat budget”…gives you immediate feedback on good choices you have made…

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Posted: September 21, 2011

Should I test my blood sugar at home?

There has been quite a flurry of controversy about this in the last few months. The Canadian Agency …

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