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How to Stay Healthy in the Heat

Did you know that about 40 percent of diabetics leave their medication and supplies at home when they’re getting ready to go out and be in the heat? That’s not good. Pack your diabetes supplies and medication in a small cooler and bring them with you when you’re out and about this summer!

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Using Apps to Manage Diabetes

Are you tech-savvy and using apps to help manage your diabetes? Healthline’s Top Diabetes Apps of 2017 features 10 of the leading apps, but we would love to hear from you! Do you use any of these apps? If so, please share your feedback in our comments. The “mySugr: Diabetes logbook” review says it can produce a excel spreadsheet […]

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Diabetes Alert Day

March 27, 2018, is the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) National Alert Day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of the risk factors for Type 2 Diabetes. If you are involved in our support group, you are probably already aware of the risks and consequences of a life with diabetes. However, you probably […]

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Glucagon Failure

Glucagon has saved Rhodes’ life three times. Three times, in 34 years, his blood sugar has fallen so low, that glucagon was needed to bring him out of “diabetic shock.” One of those three times, I should have been the one to deliver the life-saving dose of Glucagon, but I wasn’t. Because I broke the needle. […]

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JDRF Gala 2018

Rhodes and I were thrilled to attend the Central Virginia chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. Hundreds of people gathered in Richmond to celebrate the work of our local chapter and raise funds for diabetes research to find a cure. Find your local chapter of JDRF and get involved!

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Diabetes and Depression

Studies cited by the American Diabetes Association say that people with diabetes have a greater risk of suffering from depression than people without diabetes. Perhaps the symptoms of diabetes and depression are themselves a vicious cycle, but regardless of the cause, we need to keep mental health on our radar. If you or someone you […]

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Say I Love You Without the Candy

When did Valentine’s Day become an excuse to binge eat candy and chocolates? It’s like Halloween but for adults. We don’t think $5 cards are the answer either, so our suggestion for this Valentine’s Day is to think outside the (chocolate) box. “Diabetic-friend” or “Sugar-Free” candy is not the answer. No candy is totally carb free, and […]

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Carb Counting Tips and Tricks

Ever since Rhodes was diagnosed 34 years ago, he has been carb counting. As a Type 1 diabetic, who produces zero insulin himself, he needs to take insulin to cover every bit of food or drink that goes in his mouth. His doctors have recommend carbohydrate counting in order to determine how much insulin to take with […]

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Tips to Curb Sugar Cravings

It can be tough to resist eating sweets! In this video, Alana offers her tips for curbing sugar cravings. She suggests being prepared with low-carb alternatives and always have a drink before you eat! Try downing an entire glass or can of sugar-free water, like the sparkling water La Croix, before you take that first bite of the […]

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Setting Goals for the New Year

Happy New Year! Got those resolutions ready? Time to re-commit to keeping a health journal, exercising regularly, eating better, drinking less? Guess what, online sources say that 80% of people fail to maintain their resolutions by February. That means most people only last a MONTH! We have some tips to help you keep your resolutions. We are […]

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