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Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell is the author of Staying Healthy with Diabetes: Nutrition and Meal Planning and a frequent contributor to Diabetes Self-Management and Diabetes & You. She has co-authored several books, including the newly revised The Joslin Guide to Diabetes and the American Diabetes Association’s 16 Myths of a “Diabetic Diet,” for which she received a Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication and a National Health Information Award in 2000. Amy also developed menus for Fit Not Fat at Forty Plus and co-authored Eat Carbs, Lose Weight with fitness expert Denise Austin.

Amy earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Simmons College and a master’s degree in nutrition education from Boston University. In addition to being a Registered Dietitian, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator and a member of the American Dietetic Association, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Since 1995, Amy has been Diabetes and Nutrition Educator at Joslin Diabetes Center, where she is responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of disease management programs, including clinical guideline and educational material development, and the development, testing, and implementation of disease management applications. She has developed and conducted training sessions for various disease and case management programs and is a frequent presenter at disease management events.

What’s Your Diabetes “Type”? Gestational, MODY, and Steroid-Induced

By and large, most people who have diabetes have Type 2. But diabetes isn’t just one disease. There are many variants of it. Last week we looked at Type 1, Type 2, and LADA, or Type 1.5. Let’s look at a few more…

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What’s Your Diabetes “Type”? Type 1, Type 2, and LADA

When I was studying to become a dietitian and diabetes educator, I was taught that there were three main types of diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational. And that’s still true. But over the years, I learned that there are other, lesser-known types of diabetes, too…

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What Is Your Urine Trying to Tell You?

Historically, looking at urine has been a way for doctors to gauge a person’s health, especially before other types of testing were available. If you’ve had diabetes for a long time or know someone who has, you’ll know that urine testing was a way to figure out how well controlled (or uncontrolled) a persons’ diabetes was…

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What You Need to Know About UTIs

Burning when you urinate. A frequent urge to urinate. Pain in your back or abdomen. Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? These are all symptoms of a urinary tract infection, or UTI, for short…

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Unconventional Ways to Lose Weight…Maybe

America’s quest to lose weight continues. As a nation, we’re heavier than ever and just as eager to shed those pounds quickly and painlessly. More than 30% of US adults are obese; this statistic is the same as it was 10 years ago, so things aren’t getting much better. Losing weight is hard and keeping the weight off is harder…

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Six Fish Facts to Know Now

We’ve been hearing for a long time now that fish and other types of seafood are good for us. Current recommendations tell us to aim to eat “two fish meals a week.” But fish has some fishy aspects to it, like mercury. And what about all that cholesterol in shellfish? Do fish sticks count towards your two weekly fish meals? Let’s find out the facts about fish…

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Are Endocrine Disruptors Disrupting Your Life?

I’ve been seeing a lot of references to “endocrine disruptors” lately, and not in scientific journals, but rather in magazines and online newsletters. If you’re scratching your head and wondering what the heck an endocrine disruptor is, well, you’re not alone…

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Eating Disorders and Diabetes: What’s the Connection?

This week, from February 23 to March 1, is National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. You might be ready to tune out and skip reading this — after all, only women get eating disorders, right?

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Heart Health Fact or Fiction

It’s still February (unfortunately for those of us who have been dealing with inclement winter weather), and until spring rears its lovely head, what better way to spend time than focusing on your health?

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Giving Your Heart a Helping Hand

We’re in the midst of February, and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. February happens to be American Heart Month (appropriately so), which means that it’s a good time to take stock of what you’re doing to ensure your heart stays as healthy as possible…

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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.

How Much Do You Know About Vitamins?
Learn what these micronutrients can and can’t do for you.

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