Living Life to the Fullest
Living Life to the Fullest
Living Life to the Fullest
Diabetic and livin'it
Living with diabetes doesn't have to be boring. Learn plenty of ways to have fun that won't affect your sugar levels.
Sex and diabetes1
Intimacy problems are very normal among diabetes patients. It's nothing to be ashamed about. In fact, issues in bed often motivate couples to take control of their sexuality and improve it dramatically. Learn more about both male and female sexual complications and treatments here:
Diabetes and female sexuality
Erectile dysfunction and diabetes
Diabetes and alcohol2
Alcohol consumption can be dangerous even to the healthiest person in the world. But alcohol is part of our society, and if you have diabetes and are going to have a drink, you need to keep to a routine so that your glucose levels stay balanced. Make your routines second nature, get the information now at:
Alcohol and diabetes: drinking safely
Chocolate's reputation is on the rise. A growing number of studies have linked chocolate consumption to reduced risks of diabetes, stroke and heart attack, even though more research is still necessary to establish this officially. Find more information about the benefits of pure cocoa and the consumption of chocolate here:
Can chocolate be good for my health?
It is a myth that people with diabetes can't eat dessert. If eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts can be enjoyed by diabetics. Learn more about how to enjoy your treats, and a few other basic myths about diabetes at:
Controlling the costs of diabetes
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) has proudly led the charge to better health and more consumer-focused health care in North Carolina. We offer high quality health insurance at a competitive price for our members.5 While our insurance covers many of the expenses associated with diabetes, there are additional resources available to help supplement some of the expenses associated with managing diabetes.
Financial help for diabetes care
Tasty recipes for people with diabetes6
Heart and blood vessel problems are the main causes of sickness and death among people with diabetes.7 Staying healthy can be a unique challenge for diabetics, but lifestyle changes like eating healthy and being physically active can help lower your risk for heart disease and other related conditions. Delicious heart-healthy recipes are a good way to take care of your heart and they are good for your taste buds!
Keep the beat™heart healthy recipes
The soul food recipe sampler for people with diabetes–ADA
Tasty recipes for people with diabetes and their families - CDC
Diabetes and pregnancy8
Diabetes may have very specific complications when it comes to female fertility and pregnancy. Prepare yourself for having children safely and learn about the possible risks involved in the birth process as well as valuable information about the healthy development of your newborn child.
Preparing for pregnancy if you have diabetes
How diabetes can affect your fertility
A child's risk of getting diabetes
Managing sick days9
Sick days can make blood sugar hard to control. Here are some things you can do to speed up your recovery, medicines that diabetics should keep on hand and when to contact a health care professional.
Managing sick days
Best mobile phone apps for diabetes management10
Keeping tracking of glucose levels, carbohydrate intake, medication dosages, weight and exercise is critical to achieving the goals set by a diabetic and his or her healthcare provider. However, often paper logbooks just don't cut it. Here are some great apps available to help diabetics meet their goals for weight loss, glucose tracking and more:
Top iphone and android apps - healthline
The app revolution for diabetes – The washington post
Guide to sugar substitutes11
Navigating one's way through the jungle of natural and artificial sugar alternatives can seem daunting. The flavor of these alternatives can leave your sweet tooth feeling less than fulfilled. Below are two guides to some of the more common natural and artificial sugar substitutes. They evaluate taste, sweetness and how well a sugar substitute stands up to heat, so you can make more informed choices.
A buyer's guide to sugar substitutes - WebMD
How to sweeten the deal- a guide to sugar substitutes
US news and world reports best diabetes diets12
Diabetics are often asked to make some initially uncomfortable changes to their eating choices or habits. Find a diet that helps making these new dietary changes more palatable with the U.S. News and World Report's ranking of best diets for diabetics. This article provides diet rankings, overviews, do's and don'ts, links to sample meal plans and recipes to help members get started.
Best diabetes diets–US news & world reports
Track your nutrition and activities13
Super Tracker gives you a personalized nutrition and physical activity plan. You can also track your foods and physical activities and get tips and support to help you make healthier choices.
SuperTracker – USDA
Diabetes and pedicures14
Who doesn't love a day of pampering, a nice pedicure or massage? Relaxation is key to your quality of life. Learn a few key precautions that are necessary to avoid small cuts and infections, both very common in barefoot environments, and very important to avoid while you're managing your diabetes.
Diabetes spa safety
Diabetes and tattoos15
Skin art is becoming more mainstream every day but there are serious concerns regarding tattoos if you have diabetes. Get to know the effects of the inking needles on your body, learn safety precautions and FDA rules that ensure hygiene in the process of getting a tattoo.
I have diabetes–can i get a tattoo?