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Blood tests tell you and your doctor when your glucose levels are too high. But signs of uncontrolled diabetes can appear all over your body. High blood glucose can damage nerves, blood vessels, and organs, resulting in a wide array of symptoms. Talk with your doctor if you spot any of them, so you can stay in control of your diabetes and improve your quality of life.

It's likely you know someone diagnosed with diabetes, so it may not come as a surprise that diabetes affects more than 29 million Americans. But there's a lot about diabetes you might not know.

People with diabetes have specific concerns about the new coronavirus (COVID-19). We answer some of your most pressing questions.

Being born by cesarean section may have long-term health consequences, increasing your risk for obesity and type 2 diabetes as an adult, a study of more than 30,000 US women suggests. The research, published Monday in the journal JAMA Network Open, found that those women born by cesarean delivery were 11% more likely to be obese as adults and had a 46% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women born by vaginal delivery.

When you get diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you might assume that the next step to help you control your blood sugar levels is insulin. But it isn’t always the necessary first option. Depending on your condition, you may have other options, including medications—or a combination of options—that are better for you.

If your blood sugar is too high for too long, it can cause serious health problems. It’s something to be careful of whether you have diabetes or not.

How high is too high? Your doctor will tell you what your target range should be and what to do if your levels aren’t in that range. If you have diabetes, you'll need to check your blood sugar, also called glucose, to know if it’s too high, too low, or meets your goal.

The problems that high blood sugar can cause happen over time. The sooner you get your levels back in line, the better.

Looking to buy a new meter? How about the best insulin pump for your lifestyle? Whatever your diabetes device or medication needs, the Diabetes Forecast Consumer Guide can help. The charts below include key information on more than 240 tools for living well with diabetes.

If you take multiple daily doses of insulin and check your blood glucose several times a day, an insulin pump and/or continuous glucose monitor (CGM) can help you better manage your diabetes. With an insulin pump, you can adjust both long-acting basal and rapid-acting bolus doses to more precisely deliver insulin for your body’s needs.

With a CGM, you get a clear picture of glucose levels, patterns, and trends throughout the day—much clearer than you could ever get with finger-stick monitoring. Some combination pump–CGMs take it a step further by suspending insulin delivery if your blood glucose levels are predicted to drop dangerously low.

The process can seem daunting, but the following guide can get you from decision to device in five easy steps.

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On March 4, New Mexico became the third state in the nation to enact a co-pay cap on the life-saving medication. The legislation (HB 292) will cap monthly co-pays at $25—the lowest dollar amount for a co-pay cap to date.

Some fast facts about COVID-19, and what people with T1D need to know. JDRF provides this information in the interest of helping members of the T1D community make informed decisions regarding their health and well-being. If you still have concerns or questions, we strongly urge you to please contact your physician or healthcare provider. Your health and safety are of great importance.

As part of social distancing to limit the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), you’re trying to limit the number of times you leave the house. But you’ve still got to eat. Instead of making frequent trips to the supermarket, stock up on shelf-stable essentials that will last a week or two. (And consider buying online via grocery delivery services such as Peapod, Instacart, or Walmart Grocery.)

While making your grocery list, keep in mind: Balanced eating is important now more than ever.

Social distancing has likely affected your regular eating and exercise routine, which could make it more difficult to keep your blood glucose in goal range. Aim for a mix of protein, complex carbohydrates (think whole grains, sweet potatoes, and beans), and healthy fats (from sources such as olive oil, avocadoes, nuts, and seeds).

Be extra mindful of portion sizes and try to stock up on good-for-you snacks, such as celery with peanut butter and low-fat microwave popcorn. Skip the chips, cookies, and other junk food.

The cost of diabetes medications is skyrocketing. That can put a financial strain on people who live with the disease. Skipping your diabetes meds isn’t an option, but asking for help is. Diabetes Forecast has rounded up a list of cost-cutting programs (and some background on the cost of insulin):

When sickness hits, you don’t want to have to scramble to find the medications and supplies you need to manage your blood glucose. That’s where a sick day kit comes in. With the possibility of getting the new coronavirus (COVID-19), preparation is more important than ever. Plan ahead by making sure you have these crucial items on hand.

Everyone feels disconnected from time to time. But chronic loneliness—feeling isolated and lacking meaningful relationships for a long period of time—is altogether different.

Diabetes can heighten this effect. If you have dozens of social connections but don’t know anyone else with diabetes, you may feel isolated in your diagnosis. “One of the biggest complaints my clients have is that no one understands them,” says Eliot LeBow, LCSW, CDE, a psychotherapist and certified diabetes educator in New York City. “If you don’t live with diabetes, you don’t really understand the experience of it.”

People who get sick with the new coronavirus (COVID-19) are encouraged to isolate themselves for two weeks to prevent spreading the disease to others, including family. That may seem like a long time, but with a little bit of planning, you can spend those 14 days enjoying, say, your favorite TV shows instead of worrying about your diabetes management.

Peace of mind comes from planning ahead. Here’s what you need to do now, while you’re well, to ensure you’re prepared for illness:

COVID-19 is causing closures, quarantine, and “social distancing” protocols across the nation. For many, this means eating more meals at home, and possibly limited access to grocery stores. Eating healthy in this situation can be challenging, but it is possible! We’ve got tips on what to buy at the grocery store, and easy recipes that you can prepare with low cost groceries that you may already have in your pantry.

We'll be updating this article with more tips and recipes over the coming days, so please check back often. You can also visit the ADA's primary COVID-19 information page here to see FAQs, sick-day tips, and diabetes-related updates.

Chris Plourde liked the long-acting insulin that she took to manage her type 1 diabetes. She had been on it for about 14 years and saw no reason to switch to something else. Her health insurance provider had other ideas.

“Three to four years ago, they just stopped covering it,” says Plourde, 39. “They wanted to switch me to another insulin, but I was nervous trying something new because I had my A1C where I wanted it to be.”

For the next few years, she paid about $300 a month out of pocket for her preferred insulin, a steep hike from the $80 co-pay it cost when her insurance still covered it. Eventually the price was too much for Plourde. In 2018, she began to take the insulin her insurance provider preferred, the same type of insulin from a different brand.

After a diagnosis of diabetes, the first thought on many people’s minds might be: Do I have to inject myself with insulin? The truth is that there are many choices beyond injectable insulin. You might be able to take a pill instead. The answer mainly depends on what type of diabetes you have.

One in 10 coronavirus patients with diabetes died within the first seven days of hospitalization, and one in five needed a ventilator to breathe, according to a new study by French researchers. Diabetes is one of the underlying health conditions that health experts believe put people at greater risk for developing more severe symptoms of Covid-19 and the study, published in the journal Diabetologia Thursday, seems to confirm this.

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