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Ask Joslin: Type 1 Diagnosis, No Family History

Why did my child get type 1 diabetes when there is no family history of it? You are not alone.  In fact, having someone in your family who has type 1 diabetes when you are diagnosed is the exception, rather … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: Dry Skin

Why does diabetes cause dry, itchy skin? Although simple dry skin may be a result of washing your hands with drying soap or alcohol based cleansers too frequently, it can also be a sign of high blood glucose. When glucose … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: Glucagon

What is glucagon and do I need to take it? We tend to think of diabetes as a disease related to insulin and it is. However, keeping your blood glucose in the target range is a function of two hormones: … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: Sexual Health

How does diabetes affect sexual health? Not much is known about female sexual dysfunction, for women with or without diabetes. We know that men with diabetes have high rates of erectile dysfunction and it is believed that women have similar … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

Can you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet when you have diabetes? Both vegetarian and vegan diets can be healthful diets and can be part of a dietary strategy to control blood glucose levels if you have diabetes.  There are … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: Morning Highs

What should I do about morning highs? The goal for the morning blood glucose is to be less than 130. High blood glucose levels in the morning can be caused by a number of factors, such as not taking enough … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: Insurance Questions

What questions should I ask my insurance company about diabetes coverage? Diabetic supplies and co-pays for appointments and prescriptions are probably the areas that cost people with diabetes the most. When shopping around for insurance it’s important to check with … Continue reading

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Diabetes and Your Brain: A Joslin Roundtable

When you think about diabetes complications, your mind usually goes to the heart, kidney, eyes, or vascular system. But one major organ is usually left off the list–the brain. In this Joslin Roundtable, Nora Saul, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., Manager of … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: About Insulin Part 2

Why do I need to prime an insulin pen every time before I use it? Priming your insulin pen lets you know that the pen is working properly before you inject your dose and it also makes sure that you … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: Varying Blood Sugar Readings

Why do I get such different blood sugar readings even though I eat the same thing for breakfast every day? Food intake, although a large component of blood glucose variability, is only one factor affecting your glycemic control. Exercise or … Continue reading

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