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Just in time for American Diabetes Month, Joslin Diabetes Center has added a series of six free, short videos to its Web site. The series, entitled Staying Healthy with Diabetes, features expert physicians from Joslin Clinic and presents information about six important medical tests that people with diabetes should have done regularly to keep tabs on their health. These tests are the HbA1c test (or A1C test, which indicates blood glucose control over time), blood pressure test, eye exam, foot exam, kidney function test, and lipid profile (which includes cholesterol and triglycerides).

Each video focuses on one test, with a specialist explaining what the test measures and what the results should be. Some of the videos also feature footage of the tests being performed in the doctors’ offices. The specialists also offer advice on measures you can take to prevent or improve test results that are out of range.

The video series adds an audiovisual component to the Joslin Web site’s collection of educational materials.

Founded in 1898, Joslin Clinic was the world’s first diabetes care facility and is now a world leader in the field. Affiliated with Harvard Medical School, it is the largest institution in the world devoted exclusively to diabetes research, care, and education. Joslin employs the most physicians who specialize in diabetes and its complications and has the largest staff of Certified Diabetes Educators, or C.D.E.’s (including The Diabetes Self-Management Blog’s dietitian, Amy Campbell). Joslin Diabetes Center is headquartered in Boston, Massachussetts, and has affiliates in 14 states as well as in Bahrain and Canada.

You can read more about the Staying Healthy with Diabetes video series and the six tests it profiles, as well as find links to the videos themselves, at www.joslin.org/1083_3691.asp.


  1. hi i have diabetes type3 and it sucks, i just dont understand how you people deal with it. i feel like an emo kid pricking my finger every day. it hurts when i go to the bathroom, can u send some advice

    Posted by bobby joe |
  2. I play golf several times a month, and when playing within a few holes I start to have a vision problem in that I am seeing everything as if it is very bright. Colors such as grass and weeds start to bleed into a mass of color that is dull and loses it’s contrast as to what it is. Everything turns into a bright like overexposed picture.
    I have gone to several eye doctors and they have examined me and can find no problems with my eyes other than the early development of cataracts. There is no bleeding.

    Posted by ronaldh1938 |
  3. Hello,

    My name is Surinder Kaur, 46 years old and i am from India. I am a patient of diebetes and thyroid as well.Actually my mother was the patient of diebetes, so i also have been caught by this disease. One of my sisters is also suffering from same as it hereditary factor.I have been taking tablets for diebetes for last 3 years. Unfortunately,5 months back i came to know that i am suffering from thyroid also.I put a lot of weight.I was 67 and now i am 78Kg.

    Now i do walking for 30 Min, don’t eat sugar food. Drink 1 glass of milk, 2 glasses of lemon water. I eat a lot of salad. I eat only 2 chappati(bread) in a single diet.I eat the food 2 times in a day.In fact i have now controlled both of my diseases diebetes and thyroid.

    I request you to guide me to accomplish the following goals-:

    1) To get rid of diebetes and thyroid completely.

    2) To reduce my weight upto 65 Kgs

    Please suggest me proper diet,exercise or whatever you think correct and beneficial for me. I am really depressed. Please help me out. I will be really heartily thankful to you…Good bye and take care.

    Sonia Kapoor.

    Posted by Sonia Kapoor |
  4. Dear Surinder,

    While there is no cure for diabetes, resources on this Web site can help you control the condition and give you some new weight-loss strategies. Under the “Articles” tab, you may want to check out the “Diabetes Basics” and “Weight Loss” articles. Start with the Basics article “What is Diabetes?” to get a better understanding of the condition.

    Posted by Tara Dairman, Web Editor |
  5. dear sir,

    it would be great if u regularly update me on basics of diabetes, treatment options, newer medications for my academic use. plz help me iin this regard.

    Posted by Prasanna Venkatesh |
  6. I’m in a quandry and can’t find any definitive answers — even from my periodontist. I am a juvenile diabetic for the last 45 years and have always had problems with my teeth and gums. I find I need some dental implants with synthetic bone replacement done first. I know I need to be under good control, but find it difficult with the winter here, and getting sick periodically.
    Can anyone tell me what the incidence of infection is with dental implants given the above conditions?

    Posted by leslie schomber |

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