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  • March 24, 2015

    Tips for diabetes caregivers

    By Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.

    Diabetes caregiving can be a struggle for friends and family members. Tips include making sure you know the facts, work as a team and be patient.

    28 comments
  • Jan. 14, 2015

    Diabetes: Get the most from every stick

    By Sara J. Carlson, R.N., C.D.E.

    If you have diabetes and wonder whether your glucose test results are accurate at home, use these tips to obtain the most accurate results.

    28 comments
  • Jan. 23, 2014

    Education, motivation drive diabetes behavior change

    By Nancy Klobassa Davidson, R.N.

    Diabetes educators can't change your behavior. You have to want to change to improve health.

    38 comments
  • Nov. 10, 2012

    Is a calorie always a calorie?

    By Donald Hensrud, M.D. While studies continue to reveal new factors in weight gain, a healthy diet and physical activity are still the most important factors in managing weight.  7 comments
  • June 07, 2012

    Sugar is sugar — Don't be fooled

    By Jennifer K. Nelson, R.D., L.D. and Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. Whether sweetened with sugar or corn syrup, soda and other sugary drinks have been linked to poor diet, weight gain, obesity and diabetes. 60 comments
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