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Staying healthy when you have diabetes is possible with careful blood glucose management – that’s the best way to reduce your risk of long-term health complications.

Higher blood sugar levels cause damage over time to blood vessels and nerves, which can affect your eyes, heart, kidneys, and other organs. It’s important to be aware of these diabetes-related health complications so that you can act now to avoid them or prevent them from progressing. 

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COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed in the United States and in many parts of the world. We’re here to answer questions for people with diabetes. Are the vaccines safe? How do the vaccines work and does it matter which one I get? What are the side effects, and how will the vaccine affect my blood sugar? What can I do after I am vaccinated? Continue Reading »

GLP-1 agonists are a class of drug recommended for people with type 2 diabetes to lower glucose and body weight, and for heart and stroke protection in those with heart disease. Learn more about these medicines, including their side effects, how they work, and their role in diabetes and heart health Continue Reading »

More people with diabetes are taking drugs like Jardiance and Farxiga, originally developed to lower glucose in people with type 2 diabetes, because the latest data confirms that these drugs can protect your kidneys. A therapy still under investigation, finerenone, has been developed to protect the kidneys of people with and without diabetes Continue Reading »

What’s it like to live at the intersection of type 2 diabetes and heart disease? diaTribe interviewed health advocate Jacqueline Alikhaani about her journey, the health strategies she’s found helpful, and advice she has for others Continue Reading »

SGLT-2 inhibitors can protect your heart! This type of medicine is recommended for people with type 2 diabetes who have heart disease or risk factors related to heart disease. Learn about the use of these medicines, including side effects, their effect on A1C, and their role in supporting heart health Continue Reading »

New SGLT-2 inhibitor and GLP-1 agonist diabetes medication recommendations for people with type 2 diabetes Continue Reading »

Chronic kidney disease is a major complication associated with diabetes that can lead to inaccurate A1C measurements. Here we explain why this is and what you can do to manage your blood sugars if you have kidney disease Continue Reading »

People with diabetes often receive a variety of lab tests to monitor their diabetes management and their risk of complications. Dr. Fran Kaufman breaks down the most common tests, what they measure, and what values you should aim to achieve Continue Reading »

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