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Can Stress Raise Blood Sugar? | A Guide to Managing Stress and Diabetes

If you suspect stress may be affecting your ability to manage your diabetes, you’re not alone. Medical professionals have looked into possible connections between stress and diabetes since the 17th century. Today, scientific research indicates there may very well be a direct link between these two issues. Anyone who’s wondered “can stress and anxiety cause…

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The Link Between Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease: What You Need to Know

Maintaining optimal cardiovascular health is paramount for individuals navigating life with diabetes. It’s a reality that those managing diabetes face an increased likelihood of developing cardiovascular diseases (CVD), such as heart disease and stroke. In fact, CVD accounts for a significant portion of mortality among individuals with type 2 diabetes, comprising two-thirds of all deaths…

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How to Care for Diabetes: A Guide for Families and Caregivers

Navigating the journey of diabetes care can be complex, but with the right knowledge and support, managing diabetes becomes more manageable. At US MED, we’re dedicated to empowering families and caregivers with essential insights on how to care for diabetes, especially for aging loved ones who face unique challenges with their condition. No matter who…

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The Future of Diabetes Management: Why CGM and GLP-1s are a Symbiotic Pair

As a leader in the diabetes supplies industry, I have a front-row seat to the evolving landscape of care. One prominent discussion centers on the rise of GLP-1 semaglutide for type 2 diabetes. While some may see this as a threat to continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) technology, I believe the opposite is true: GLP-1s and CGM…

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Best Blood Glucose Meters for 2024 | A Curated Guide

For people with diabetes, blood glucose meters aren’t just helpful—these devices are an essential component of any worthwhile diabetes management strategy. Still, some glucometers are better than others, so we’re here to shine a light on the best glucose meters on the market. And since you’ll be using your meter so often, it’s wise to…

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Having a Social Life and Navigating Events with Diabetes

Having a Social Life and Navigating Events with Diabetes

Managing diabetes can be difficult enough as it is. This is US MED’s guide on how to balance diabetes management and still have a fun time.

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Traveling with Diabetes: Tips for a Smooth Journey and Blood Sugar Control

Planning a trip is stressful, but managing your diabetes makes it even more challenging. US MED has all the tips you need, so you can get into vacation mode.

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Going Back to School with Diabetes

Back-to-school season can be stressful for any parent, and there’s even more to worry about if your child has diabetes. This comprehensive guide from US MED can help make sure your prepared.

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What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

Find out more about Diabetic Neuropathy, including the causes, symptoms, and ways to avoid and treat this well-known diabetes complication.

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Shoes, Diabetes, and Foot Health

Foot problems are common in people with diabetes, and wearing the right shoes is a great way to keep your feet safe. Learn more with US MED.

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Mushrooms and Diabetes: How Can Mushrooms Help with Blood Sugar Levels?

Learn more with US MED’s guide to adding mushrooms to your diabetes diet and discover how this food can help keep your blood sugar in check. 

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Tips for People Newly Diagnosed with Diabetes

When you have newly diagnosed diabetes, knowing your next steps is crucial. Here are US MED’s tips for living with diabetes.

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Diabetes Support Groups: Why Are They Important?

If you’re curious about diabetes support groups but don’t know how to get started, US MED can help. Here, you’ll find our comprehensive overview. 

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How Does Diabetes Affect Sleep?

Are you wondering “how does diabetes affect your sleep?”. This is US MED’s overview of how sleep and diabetes type 2/type 1 intersect. 

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Being a Parent with Diabetes

When you know how to deal with diabetes, you’ll find it easier than ever to live with diabetes and raise your kids along the way. Here, you’ll find US MED’s advice for parents with diabetes. 

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How to Handle an Insulin Overdose

If you’re asking yourself “can you overdose on insulin?,” you should know this is a real possibility. Here’s the US MED guide to handling an insulin overdose.

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Managing Diabetes While in College

 Are you wondering how to manage diabetes as a new college student? If so, keep reading for valuable diabetes/college advice. You’ll find US MED’s complete guide to living with diabetes in college right here. 

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Dexcom G7 Release Date, Features & Cost Insights

Are you interested in learning more about the Dexcom G7 and what distinguishes it from other CGMs available today? If so, you’re in luck. Take a look at our complete overview of this exciting new product!

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Know Your Diabetes ABCs | US MED

Learning essential diabetes management steps can make managing this disease far simpler. Learn the ABCs of diabetes with US MED.

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Dexcom G6 vs. Dexcom G7: What You Need to Know

Learn about the latest news on Dexcom G7, how it compares to the Dexcom G6, and how to get through US MED.

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How To Apply a Continuous Glucose Monitor

It’s no secret that continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) are popular among people with diabetes these days. If you’re wondering, “how is CGM inserted?,” keep reading for a complete guide to CGM installation and more. 

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Does Diabetes Cause High Blood Pressure?: Understanding Between High Blood Pressure and Diabetes

If you’re wondering, “can diabetes cause high blood pressure?” or “how can I control high blood pressure with diabetes?,” read on for all the answers you need.

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Diabetes Sweating Connection: Why Does Diabetes Make You Sweat?

Diabetes may cause you to sweat more than usual. Learn more on how diabetes and sweating are connected in the article below.

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Gestational Diabetes : What Should You Eat When You’re on a Healthy Meal Plan?

Type 1 and type 2 diabetes may be the most well-known forms of diabetes, but they aren’t the only diabetes types you should be aware of. During pregnancy, you may experience a condition known as “gestational diabetes.”

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A1C Overview: What is A1C? | US MED

One reliable method of diagnosing diabetes is the hemoglobin A1C test. If you’re asking yourself, “What is A1C testing, anyway?” Learn more with US MED.

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Diabetes Symptoms: What You Need to Know

Diabetes management isn’t always an easy task, but you’ll need to work hard at it. Learn about diabetes symptoms and management with US MED.

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Diabetes Rash: Appearance & Prevention

Diabetes can lead to complications in other areas, one of these being your skin. Learn more about what skin complications to be on the lookout for. 

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Diabetes and Depression: How to Manage These Health Conditions

Both diabetes and depression can be difficult conditions to manage – and that’s especially true when you’re dealing with both at the same time. Get advice on how to cope from US MED. 

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Hypoglycemia Symptoms, Causes and Treatments for Diabetics

Hypoglycemia is the term that is used for low blood sugar. Learn more about how people with diabetes can treat hypoglycemia.  

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Diabetic Foot Pain and Soreness Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

It’s important to know how diabetes and foot care are interlinked. Learn how to help prevent foot problems that can come with diabetes

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How to Choose a Glucose Meter

How to Choose a Glucose Meter

Need to buy a new blood glucose meter? It’s essential to make sure you’re getting a glucometer that’s a good fit for your needs. Read on for frequently asked questions, simple instructions, and a brand analysis.

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Building a Diabetes Care Plan

There’s a lot that goes into managing diabetes, including everyday personal care, lab tests, and going to the doctor. Use our template to stay on track to manage your diabetes.

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Where to Inject Insulin & How to Keep Insulin Injection Sites Healthy

Studies have shown that almost two-thirds of all people who inject insulin have some degree of lipohypertrophy – thickening or rubbery skin at injection sites. Here, we discuss ways to avoid lipo and things to look out for.

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Type 2 Diabetes | Overview, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder that affects blood sugar levels in your body. Learn more about type 2 diabetes symptoms, causes, risk factors, and prevention.

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Diabetes Management | Living With Diabetes

Are you living with diabetes? We’ll walk you through some healthy lifestyle and routine choices that can help you better manage diabetes.

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Improving Circulation After DVT | DVT Recovery & Treatment

Help avoid a DVT and improve circulation in your legs. Learn all about how to reduce your risk of developing deep vein thrombosis.

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How to Quiet Your Mind | Mental Health Matters

Your mental health is equally important as your physical health. Let’s review methods one can use to reduce anxiety, lessen the feelings of stress, and quiet the mind.

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How To Do a Fasting Blood Glucose Test

One of the most common methods of blood glucose testing involves checking fasting glucose levels – this can provide valuable insight on whether or not a person’s body is using blood sugar correctly. In this article we’ll discuss methods to accurately perform a fasting blood glucose test.

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Diabetes in Children | Symptoms, Types, & Management

If you’re a parent, the possibility of your child having diabetes can be alarming, but there’s no need to panic. In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know, from symptoms to look out for to steps you can take to help treat diabetes in children.

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Coffee & Diabetes: Is It Safe To Drink

Coffee & Diabetes: Is It Safe To Drink?

There are many misconceptions about consuming coffee and diabetes. Can one have too much? Is it safe? Are there health benefits? Should it be decaf? This piece delves deep into the specifics of coffee and diabetes.

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Will New Connecticut State Laws On Diabetes Prescription Supplies Impact You

Will New Connecticut State Laws On Diabetes Prescription Supplies Impact You?

A recently-approved Connecticut law will make it easier for diabetes patients in the state to access prescription supplies. Take a look at how this change could impact the lives of Connecticut residents – and what it could eventually mean for residents of other states.

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What Are The Effects of Diabetes When Not Managed Properly

What Are The Effects of Diabetes When Not Managed Properly?

Your heart, brain, eyes, and feet are some of the body parts that are most impacted by poorly managed diabetes. Read on to learn more about protecting your whole health!

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The Most Common Catheter Questions

We’re covering everything you can imagine, from catheter care to your favorite brands. Learn more about what you really want to know.

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10 Tips for Living with a Long-Term Catheter

Wondering how to safely live with a long-term catheter? In this article, we’ll take you through 10 tips that long-term catheter users should keep in mind. By following these tips for living with a catheter – male or female – you’ll be able to mitigate health risks such as UTIs and blockages.

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Simple Ways to Improve Sleep Quality

Simple Ways to Improve Sleep Quality

Getting a sufficient amount of quality sleep can be difficult for many, but a few changes can have a significant impact, according to the Mayo Clinic. Much of the requirement for getting a good night’s rest revolves around controlling the environment in which a person is sleeping and developing routines that aid a person in…

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The Medicare Competitive Bid Program

As a component of the Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Competitive Bidding Program, diabetes testing supplies (DTS) are provided through mail order at a substantial discount for people with diabetes (PWD).  PWD must be enlisted in Medicare Part B to qualify for mail order service.  Covered DTS include blood glucose meters, replacement batteries for…

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9 Steps to Better Catheter Management

9 Steps to Better Catheter Self-Management

We share the 9 steps that every catheter user should know. Self-manage your catheter with these safety steps.

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Advantages of Wearing a Back Brace

Chronic back pain is a condition that plagues many people, young and old. This explains why so many people find themselves using back support braces for additional support. A study by The University of Maryland Medical Center states that 60 to 80% of adults in the U.S. have lower back pain, which is also the…

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Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM)

Get Accurate Blood Glucose Monitoring While some diabetics only need to check their blood sugar levels a couple of times a day, those who are suffering from more severe forms of diabetes may require continuous glucose monitoring (CGM). This constant monitoring will ensure their glucose levels remain at safe levels, allowing them to make any…

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Shoes Make the Difference in Foot Pain

The workday can seem long when your feet hurt. Podiatrists at the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine give this advice: Heels – Notoriously bad for your feet, heels cause a painful knot on the back of the heel, according to WebMD. Wearing heels constantly leads to a permanent, bony protrusion called the pump bump.…

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