Diabetes Self-Management Articles

If you’re considering an alternative or complementary treatment, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the treatment’s possible benefits and risks. The articles in this section can help you learn about potentially helpful alternative and complementary therapies, ranging from herbs and supplements to massage.


Alternative Medicine

In recent years, there has been an upsurge of interest within the diabetes community in dietary supplements and other alternative therapies. This list of resources serves as a guide to information about specific alternative and complementary therapies, as well to the decision on whether — and how much — to trust and explore alternatives to conventional medicine…


Antioxidants by Robert A. Jacob, Ph.D.

Oxygen is a Jekyll and Hyde element. We need it for critical body functions, such as respiration and immune response, but the element’s dark side is a reactive chemical nature that can damage body cells and tissues. The perpetrators of this…


Choosing a Multivitamin by Marie Spano, MS, RD

A good diet can supply most if not all of the vitamins and minerals you need. But maintaining such a diet day in and day out can be a challenge, which is why many people take a daily multivitamin–multimineral supplement as a form of insurance…

Also inside: Vitamins, Minerals

Improving Blood Flow to the Feet by Birgitta I. Rice, MS, RPh, CHES

Many people with diabetes experience discomfort in their legs and feet, with symptoms such as cramping, numbness, tingling, and pain. Find how the WarmFeet technique can help…


Listening to Diabetes by Susan Shaw, M.S.W., C.Ht.

Lame Deer of the Oglala Sioux is credited with the statement, “What you see with your eyes shut is what counts.” Modern neuroscientists agree. The ability to “see” with the eyes shut, also known as imagery, guided imagery…


Managing Chronic Pain by David Spero, RN

Pain affects millions of people with diabetes. For most of these people, the pain is chronic, defined as pain persisting for more than six months, experienced almost every day, and of moderate to severe intensity, or that significantly interferes with daily activities. In some cases, a person’s pain is clearly related to complications of diabetes; in other cases, it is not. Regardless of the cause, however, studies show that chronic pain makes diabetes self-management much more difficult and often leads to higher blood glucose levels…

Also inside: Finding Help for Chronic Pain, Pain Log

Meditation and the Art of Diabetes Management by Joseph B. Nelson, MA, LP

In our fast-paced society, the idea of taking 20 minutes a day to sit quietly and focus on your breathing may sound like a novel concept. In fact, the practice of meditation is thousands of years old and is still practiced today by people of many…

Also inside: Meditation Resources

Mindful Eating by Megrette Hammond, M.Ed., R.D., C.D.E.

A diagnosis of diabetes changes everything. It frequently changes a person’s perception of himself and of his health. The demands of diabetes care can also change a person’s daily routine. A diabetes diagnosis is almost always accompanied…


Sleep Apnea and Type 2 Diabetes: by Ralph Pascualy, M.D.

The epidemic of diabetes in the United States is being fueled by multiple medical, social, and demographic forces. Among those forces is sleep apnea, which is now recognized as a major contributor to the development of diabetes. In sleep apnea, people…


Spiritual Self-Care and the Use of Prayer by Jacquelin Deatcher, APRN, BC, CDE

Diabetes self-management has evolved over the past few decades from relatively simple instructions to “avoid sugar” and take one’s medicines on time to a much more comprehensive system that includes exercise, stress reduction, and…

Also inside: for The Prayer Wheel

The Healing Value of Fun by David Spero, RN

“I don’t exercise,” says my friend Alfred Gee, “I bargain hunt. I like to take the bus downtown and go to different stores. I compare prices and quality and have a great time, especially when I save some money. It takes hours, but I’m retired, so why not have some fun? By the time I get home, I’ve walked four or five miles. I’ve tricked myself into exercising…”


Therapeutic Massage by Mary Kathleen Rose, CMT

As more and more Americans incorporate alternative therapies into their program of health care, people with diabetes, too, are looking to the usefulness of different therapies to complement their lifestyle measures and medical care. One such alternative therapy is massage…

Also inside: Further Reading About Massage

Yoga by Susan Shaw

I gathered my legs underneath me to get off the floor, like a minute-old foal finding out what her body is for. Emotionally, I was flying. And, unexpectedly, I had been crying. I had discovered how to live inside my body with gentleness.

How did…

Also inside: Yoga Resources

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