Is Pump Therapy Right for You?

For the best results, you should meet the following criteria before starting insulin pump therapy:

You should be strongly motivated to improve your blood glucose control.
You should be willing to work with your health-care provider as an active member of your diabetes-care team.
You should be willing to assume substantial responsibility for your day-to-day care.
You should understand and demonstrate correct use of the insulin pump.
You should be willing and able to frequently perform blood glucose self-monitoring.
You should know how to adjust your self-care routine based on your blood glucose self-monitoring results.
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Article of the Week: Urinary Incontinence

Sometimes diabetes, gynecological issues (such as those Jan Chait writes about in her blog entry this week), and urinary problems go hand in hand. In fact, women with diabetes have a 70% higher chance of developing urinary incontinence (the involuntary loss of urine) than those without. This article describes the different types of incontinence and several methods of treatment, including bladder retraining, drug therapy, and inserted devices.

Click here to read the article.

And remember that articles on a wide variety of diabetes topics are always available in our magazine archives section!

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New Guidelines for Lowering Women’s Heart and Stroke Risks

The American Heart Association released updated guidelines this week for preventing cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke) in women. The guidelines, which were published in a special issue of the journal Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, provide new information on how aspirin, hormone therapy, and supplements should (or should not) be used in women for cardiovascular disease prevention. Read More “New Guidelines for Lowering Women’s Heart and Stroke Risks”

What Were Reading: Diabetes and Disordered Eating

This week, we’d like to direct your attention to this post at entitled “Eating Disorders in Teens with Type 1 Diabetes.” The post examines a new study that shows that eating disorders are twice as common in teenage girls with Type 1 diabetes than in their peers who don’t have diabetes. It includes information on warning signs for eating disorders and the dangers of insulin dose manipulation for weight control.

The About Diabetes blog is written by Debra Manzella, a writer and practicing nurse. Read More “What Were Reading: Diabetes and Disordered Eating”

Women’s Sexual Health

It’s been a number of weeks since I wrote about sexual health, and I was reminded that my first blog entry on the topic was primarily about men. Someone commented that women have sexual problems too, but often seem to be left out of these discussions. Historically, this has been true, but over the past few years women’s sexual health has started to receive more attention. Read More “Women’s Sexual Health”


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