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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

Chocolate3

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?

Dessert4

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:

Diabetes myths

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?

Stay on top of it

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More info
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Footnotes

  1. http://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases_conditions/hic_Diabetes_Basics/hic_diabetes_checklist/hic_Diabetes_and_Female_Sexuality
    http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/in-depth/erectile-dysfunction/art-20043927
  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/diabetes/expert-blog/alcohol-and-diabetes/bgp-20056464
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/healthy-chocolate/faq-20058044
  3. http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/myths/
  4. http://www.bcbsnc.com/content/corporate/index.htm
  5. https://healthyeating.nhlbi.nih.gov/CategoryList.aspx?linkId=1
    http://web.diabetes.org/cha/pdf-files/soul-recipes.pdf?WTLPromo=diabetesworkplace_soulfoodrecipesampler
    http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/pdfs/54-tasty-recipes-508.pdf
  6. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/diabetes/preventing-diabetes-problems/heart-disease-stroke
  1. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-topics/Diabetes/preparing-pregnancy-diabetes/Pages/index.aspx
    http://natural-fertility-info.com/diabetes-and-fertility-how-diabetes-can-affect-your-fertility.html http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/genetics-of-diabetes.html
  1. http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/managing/sickdays.html
  2. http://www.healthline.com/health/diabetes/top-iphone-android-apps
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-app-revolution-for-diabetics/2015/06/15/6810d13a-0481-11e5-8bda-c7b4e9a8f7ac_story.html
  3. http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/a-buyers-guide-to-sugar-substitutes?page=1
    http://www.startswithyou.com/eat/1506_How_To_Sweeten_The_Deal_A_Guide_to_Sugar_Substitutes/
  1. http://health.usnews.com/best-diet/best-diabetes-diets
  2. https://supertracker.usda.gov/
  3. http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/features/diabetes-spa-safety
  4. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2013/08/i-have-diabetes-can-i-get-a-tattoo/