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Complications

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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Aging can bring new challenges – and new opportunities – to diabetes management. Joslin Diabetes Center's Dr. Medha Munshi shares strategies for adapting your diabetes care plan or supporting loved ones with diabetes for better living. Continue Reading »

The virtual diabetes program Onduo provides individual coaching, technology, and other health tools for a range of conditions. The platform is available in Spanish, with culturally specific content and care. Continue Reading »

Chronic kidney disease is a serious condition that will affect almost 40% of people with diabetes. Actress and dance icon Debbie Allen is partnering with the National Kidney Foundation to raise awareness about this condition, encourage people to be proactive about their health, and prevent diabetes-related health complications. Continue Reading »

What is cholesterol, and when is it “good” or “bad?” What are the cholesterol recommendations for people with diabetes, and how can you keep up healthy cholesterol levels? Continue Reading »

The American Diabetes Association has lowered the A1C target for children to less than 7.0%, aiming to improve long-term health outcomes without increasing hypoglycemic events. Continue Reading »

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 »

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