In a perfect world, the answer to the question “should someone with diabetes take steroids?” would be a simple “no”. Of course, not only do we not live in a perfect world, there are also few simple answers for diabetics. Steroids can play havoc with blood sugar levels, but they can also be the best choice in treating some very serious conditions. So, perhaps the better answer would be “maybe” with the added caveat of making sure you are aware of the consequences and prepared to be proactive in managing them. (more…)
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), an estimated 1.5 million new cases of diabetes are being diagnosed among U.S. adults, aged 18 years or older, per year. A large percentage of these individuals, as well as the other 23 million adults already diagnosed, are employed outside the home. Depending on the stage and severity of the disease, many of these will require insulin during their work day, which will may mean giving themselves injections. For the newly diagnosed, this can create a fairly significant level of anxiety that is best dealt with sooner rather than later. Knowing one’s rights and best practices are the first step. (more…)
Weed. Pot. Mary Jane. Cannabis. Whatever you call marijuana and wherever you stand on its legalization, it is hard to imagine that there is anyone unaware of the controversy raging around this rather nondescript plant. In the United States, medical marijuana has been decriminalized in more than half of the states but is still classified as a federal crime.
If you are coming across this post, there is a good chance that you or someone you love has been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is by no means a death sentence, but it necessitates some pretty major lifestyle changes, so it is good to keep yourself informed of the best practices for avoiding type 2 diabetes.