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Getting Educated On Diabetes

If you’re reading this, chances are you or someone close to you has recently been diagnosed with diabetes. First and foremost, great job with seeking information on diabetes. You’ve taken the first steps towards successful diabetes management.

Below you’ll find a collection of several blogs that will help you learn about the basics of diabetes and tips for proper management.

Diabetes Basics

The difference between type 1 and type 2.
In this blog, we breakdown the big differences between type 1 and type 2 diabetes. You’ll be introduced to terms such as blood glucose and insulin, as well as be introduced to some of the complications associated with diabetes. Click here to read the full blog.

The basics of A1C testing.
Here we give you a quick guide to understand A1C tests, as well as a reference chart for A1C levels. This will come in handy for understanding ongoing glucose testing. Check that out here.

What is Insulin?
Insulin will be a word you will hear often. It’s the hormone that helps regulate your body’s glucose. Understanding what it is and its importance will aid you in your diabetes management. Get the facts.

Healthy Eating For Diabetes

A quick guide to the plate method.
Healthy management is not only about what you eat but how much you eat as well. Having a strategy for quick portion control will make planning your meals so much easier. That’s where the plate method comes in. Check out this quick eating guide on the plate method.

Deciphering the food label.
Along with portion control, you also have to understand what is in the food you’re eating. That’s where the nutrition labels come in. However, these labels don’t come with instructions and can be overwhelming to read. We’ve put together a breakdown of how to read your food labels, and how these nutrients factor into your diet. Continuing reading.

“Healthy” foods that aren’t so healthy if you’re diabetic.
Armed with your new facts on reading nutrition labels and portion control, you may be asking yourself, “What about healthy snacks?”. We’ve put together a quick list of some common “health” foods that you will want to AVOID! But don’t worry, we also have a guide for foods to incorporate as well.

Foods to help maintain and lower your blood sugar.
Variety is the spice of life. That’s one of the things that makes eating so enjoyable. Dieting gets a bad rap for being boring, which can make it harder to stay disciplined. We’ve put together a shortlist of foods to incorporate into your healthy eating journey. The goal here is to give you a good starting point as this list is by no means exhaustive. Read to the end for some additional tips for lowering your blood sugar.

The Diabetes Community

Being diagnosed with diabetes can sometimes be scary and overwhelming in the beginning, and we understand that. At Diabetes Center of Wellness, our philosophy is that by focusing on healthy living as a whole, diabetes management will become easier for our patients. Your mental health is just as important as knowing your A1C number. Below you’ll find a few of our blogs on diabetes, stress and mental health.

May is Mental Health Month!
Individuals living with diabetes sometimes feel stressed or powerless about managing their diabetes. In this post about mental health month, we dive into diabetes distress and give you some strategies for stress management. Click here for more.

Get moving and active!
The benefits of exercise are numerous. A workout routine can aid in maintaining a healthy weight, increasing your energy, and reduce stress. Learn about some of the benefits of working out, and how it can lower your blood sugar, as well as some ideas on how often you should exercise.