Diabetes

Safe and effective use of insulin requires proper storage

Elena Toschi, MD

Contributor

If you have been prescribed insulin for diabetes, it’s important to properly store and care for the medication and associated supplies to ensure it remains safe and effective. These guidelines will help you do that.

Is tight blood sugar control right for older adults with diabetes?

Medha Munshi, MD

Contributor

Diabetes is a condition in which both high and low glucose levels are harmful to the body. In older individuals with multiple risk factors for hypoglycemia, the goal should be the best blood sugar control that can be achieved without putting the individual at risk for dangerously low blood sugar.

What’s a healthy breakfast?

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

It’s more than okay to skip the early-morning breakfast, but no matter what time of day you break your overnight fast, make your first meal a healthy one that won’t cause your blood sugar to spike.

Healthy lifestyle can prevent diabetes (and even reverse it)

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Twenty years of medical research confirms that it is possible to prevent diabetes through lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical activity. For some people diabetes medications can also help, and in fact medication and lifestyle changes work especially well together.

Rethinking A1c goals for type 2 diabetes

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

New guidance from the American College of Physicians updates the approach to controlling blood sugar in people with type 2 diabetes, with more emphasis on finding an appropriate goal for each individual patient, rather than just working toward a number without regard for a patient’s needs.

Racial and ethnic minority communities hit hard by type 2 diabetes: Here’s what we can do

As the number of people with diabetes continues to climb, the problem is especially acute for members of many ethnic and racial minority communities. Greater awareness of this situation is required to bring improved care and treatment to everyone who needs it.

Minorías raciales/étnicas seriamente afectadas por diabetes tipo 2: Esto es lo que podemos hacer

El número de personas con diabetes y sus complicaciones sigue en aumento, particularmente en las minorías étnicas/raciales. Hace falta más conciencia de la naturaleza de este problema para mejorar los servicios de salud que se ofrecen a estos grupos.

Can an online game really improve blood sugar control for people with diabetes?

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Participation in an online game could lead to better control of blood sugar in people with poorly controlled diabetes, according to newly published research.

Diabetes: Adding lifestyle changes to medication can deliver a knockout punch

Monique Tello, MD, MPH

Contributing Editor

Plenty of research supports the common-sense notion that a healthy lifestyle can prevent or treat many diseases. A diet high in fruits, veggies, whole grains, and plant protein and low in processed carbs, added sugars, saturated fats; regular physical activity; and emotional well-being are the potent treatments that can prevent the need for or even […]

Type 2 diabetes: Value of home blood sugar monitoring unclear

Robert H. Shmerling, MD

Faculty Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

A small study suggests that routine home testing of blood sugar may not improve control or quality of life. However, more and longer studies are needed to know whether the results apply to all individuals with type 2 diabetes.