Diabetes Self-Management Articles

There are some diabetes-related issues that are unique to women. Changes in hormone levels throughout the menstrual cycle can affect blood glucose levels. Pregnancy can also affect blood glucose levels, and high blood glucose levels can affect a pregnancy. The articles in this section deal with women’s health concerns, from reproductive health to staying healthy in your golden years.


Menopause by Pat Dougherty, C.N.M., M.S.N., and Joyce Green Pastors, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.

For most women, menopause—the cessation of menstrual periods—is a normal, natural occurrence. The average age at menopause is 51, although any time after 40 is considered normal. The years leading up to the menopausal transition—a…

Also inside: Resources for Readers

Navigating Pregnancy by Quinn Phillips

Diabetes and pregnancy have never had an easy relationship in the public eye. But while having diabetes makes pregnancy and childbirth more complicated, it does not rule out the possibility of having a healthy baby…


New Contraception Options by Monica J. Smith

Given that approximately half of all pregnancies in the United States every year are unplanned, birth control is an important consideration for all sexually active women at risk of becoming pregnant. In the case of women with diabetes, however, precision…


Pregnancy With Diabetes by Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Women with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes who are considering pregnancy have reason to feel optimistic. That’s because women with diabetes can and do experience healthy, uneventful pregnancies and give birth to perfectly healthy babies. That said…

Also inside: Preconception Planning Checklist

Pregnant and Pumping by Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE, and Patti Geil, MS, RD, LD, CDE

A healthy pregnancy with diabetes is a challenge, but consider this: Less than 100 years ago, before the discovery of insulin, many young women with Type 1 diabetes didn’t even live to reach childbearing age. And less than 30 years ago, physicians…

Also inside: Is Pump Therapy Right for You?, Blood Glucose Goals for Pregnancy, Healthy Eating During Pregnancy, and Insulin Requirements During Pregnancy

Preventing Coronary Heart Disease by Heidi Mochari, M.P.H., R.D.

Coronary heart disease is the single leading killer of women in the United States, and women with diabetes are at particularly high risk. High blood glucose itself is believed to contribute to this increased risk, but diabetes is also associated with…


Thinking About Having a Baby by Laura Hieronymus, MSEd, APRN, BC-ADM, CDE, and Patti Geil, MS, RD, CDE

Every person with diabetes has a compelling reason to take good care of his health: It’s the best way to live a long, healthy life with diabetes and to minimize the risk of diabetes-related complications. Women with diabetes who are pregnant or who are even thinking about becoming pregnant have at least two compelling reasons to take the best care possible of their general health and their diabetes…

Also inside: Pregnancy Resources, Pre-Pregnancy Blood Glucose Targets

Top 10 Health Tips for Women Over 65 by Helen L. Sloan, RN, CS, DNS, and Anne White Robinson, RN, DNS

An ancient Chinese proverb says, “One disease, long life; no disease, short life.” For many women, diabetes is that one disease that, perhaps ironically, leads to a longer, healthier life. That’s because a big part of the treatment…


Urinary Incontinence by Jeanette S. Brown, MD, and Janis Luft, NP, MSN

“I wake up four or five times a night to use the bathroom. I’m exhausted!” “I must know every public restroom in the city.” “I had to cancel the trip I was planning because I didn’t think my bladder could…

Also inside: Continence Resources

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Carbohydrate Restriction: An Option for Diabetes Management
Some people find that decreasing the amount of carbohydrate they eat can help with blood glucose control. Here’s what to know about this approach.

Insulin Patch Pumps: A New Tool for Type 2
Patch pumps are simpler to operate than traditional insulin pumps and may be a good option for some people with Type 2 diabetes who need insulin.

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