Diabetes Connections Blog

Talking about all things related to preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes.

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How Sensor Technology can help Prevent or Reverse Type 2 Diabetes

By Karen Marschel

My professional and personal experience with continuous glucose monitoring. In my professional experience as a diabetes care and education specialist, CGM (continuous glucose monitoring) has been a game changer for many people trying to get control of their blood sugars. Unfortunately, the assumption has been that only people who are on diabetes medications, especially insulin,…

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10 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System AND Fight Diabetes

By Karen Marschel

Keeping your immune system strong is more important this winter than ever before. How do you do that? By having a healthy digestive tract! Did you know that your digestive tract is about 60% of your immune system? Here are 10 things you can do to help your body’s immune system get and stay healthy:…

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What Diabetes and Money Management have in Common

By Karen Marschel

Your diabetes management and money management may have more in common than you think! Are your money habits and food habits similar? Today I am reviewing my budget for Christmas spending.  Just like Thanksgiving dinner it’s too easy to go overboard when everything in front of you looks so tempting! And I am really good…

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What You Don’t Know About Diabetes CAN Hurt You

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

I often hear people refer to Type 1 Diabetes as “the really bad diabetes” because people have to take insulin. However, did you know that with Type 2 diabetes blood sugars start to go higher than normal up to 10 years before you are diagnosed? This means that for up to 10 years blood sugars…

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Diabetes Prevention Starter Carb Plan

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

If you are looking for a food plan with a little structure to get you jump started with blood sugar or weight management, this is a plan I have used. Here are some quick tips if you want to try this plan for yourself. 2-5-6 Plan 2-5-6 means that you eat 2 carbohydrate choices –…

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4 Ways to Get Your Mind Set to Fight Diabetes

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

“Motivation is a fire from within. If someone else tries to light that fire under you chances are it will burn very briefly.”    Stephen Covey This quote sums it up. The motivation for lifestyle change has to be yours.  You want to change not because your doctor tells you  . . . not because your…

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Controlling Diabetes is Like Taking a Road Trip

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

You need to map your destination for your Diabetes goals. When you take a road trip you need to figure out the best way to get there right? I was going to say you need to get out the map but now we just pull out our GPS and let it guide the way. Too…

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The Inflammation-Diabetes Connection

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

There is a connection between diabetes and inflammation and it’s hidden. What is Inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s reaction to infection or injury. Classic signs of inflammation are redness, swelling and pain. Living in Minnesota the example I think of is a mosquito bite, where you feel very little pain but you get the annoying…

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7 Starter Tips for Newly Diagnosed Diabetes

By Karen Marschel RDN LD CDE

Hearing that you have diabetes is a very emotional experience and many questions go through your mind. When I was told I had gestational diabetes 14 years ago I’m pretty sure I went home and cried, feeling the “why me”? reaction. Well all those emotions are perfectly normal and you really just need to let…

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