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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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Ask Joslin: About Insulin

Where can I inject insulin? Insulin should be injected into fatty tissue.  Our bodies have a variety of places for fat storage, but only a few of these places have been investigated for safety and rate of insulin absorption.  The … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: Are Meal Replacement Drinks a Good Choice?

Is a canned drink better for you than having a sit-down breakfast made with real food? If your doctor or dietitian has suggested that you try a meal replacement (the formal name for the shake-in- a can advertised to people … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: Should You Snack?

Are bedtime snacks, or, for that matter, any snacks required if you have diabetes? Let’s tackle the question of the bedtime snack first. If you have diabetes and have ever been hospitalized, you are probably familiar with the often unrequested … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: Exercise Edition

Why will resistance training help me lose weight? Resistance training is a form of strength training where the muscles contract against a force.  The greater the force you are working against the more calories are expended and the more the … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: How Should I Time My Meals and My Type 2 Diabetes Medications?

People with type 2 diabetes may take up to three or four oral medications, insulin or an incretin to control their blood glucose levels.  Oral medications usually work through different pathways in the body and attack high glucose levels from … Continue reading

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Ask Joslin: When Should I Check My Blood Sugar?

The answer depends on the medications you are taking, your current level of control and what information you are looking for.  For example, people with type 1 diabetes who take insulin four times a day need to check at least … Continue reading

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Q&A With Joslin’s Suzanne Ghiloni on Diabetes and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is still one of the most challenging times for women with diabetes. A new book that we announced last week aims to address each of these challenges. Staying Healthy with Diabetes—Planning & Managing Your Pregnancy was authored by Suzanne … Continue reading

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