Diabetes Self-Management Blog
David Spero

Diabetes Distress and Depression

Depression was a big topic at the ADA’s Scientific Sessions last month. It might be an issue for you, too. Why so much attention? Depression is three to four times more common in people with diabetes than in those without…

David Spero

What Is Hardest About Diabetes for You?

A few months ago, I asked “What’s your diabetes strong point?” Now I’m asking, what about living with diabetes is hardest for you? What do you do about the hard things, and what could you use some help with?

David Spero

Diabetes Friends

A new study finds that having a regular partner to discuss diabetes issues with reduced average A1C by 2.8%! Not many drugs could do that. I wonder if you have such a diabetes partner…

Scott Coulter

Attraction and Repulsion

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” So said Shakespeare many years ago. I’ve found that sentence to be a great bit of advice for living with diabetes through the years…

David Spero

Worried About Diabetes?

I’m a worrying kind of guy. If the light is green, I worry about how long I have until it turns red. But does worrying help when you have a condition like diabetes? I’m starting to think it doesn’t…

David Spero

Diabetes Takes Courage

When you think about diabetes self-management, does the word “courage” ever come to mind? I think living with diabetes is a hero’s journey. It takes courage to face diabetes’ crew of monsters…

David Spero

The Stress Formula

Scott Coulter

It’s Not All in Your Head (But Your Head Can Help)

David Spero

Can You Be Happy With Diabetes?

David Spero

Why All the Drama?

David Spero

Prayer Medicine

Jan Chait

Yearning for a Nap, but There’s Too Much to Do

David Spero

Good Stress

Jan Chait

Depressed

David Spero

Perfection, Diabetes Don’t Mix

David Spero

Do You Meditate?

David Spero

Depression — Taking the First Step

Scott Coulter

Sharing Diabetes With Others (Part 3)

Scott Coulter

Some Simple Kindness

David Spero

Accepting Everything — Even Diabetes

Scott Coulter

Knowing When to Cut and Run

Scott Coulter

LWD 107.00

David Spero

Optimism With Diabetes

Scott Coulter

Compared to What?

Scott Coulter

Diabetes Never Sleeps

Amy Campbell

New to Diabetes: What’s Next? (Part 4)

Scott Coulter

The Art of Failure

Amy Campbell

Snap Out of It: Using Food to Boost Your Mood (Part 2)

Amy Campbell

Snap Out of It: Using Food to Boost Your Mood (Part 1)

David Spero

Do You Feel Deprived?

David Spero

Don’t Believe Your Thoughts

David Spero

Love and Health

David Spero

Crying as Medicine

Diane Fennell

Treat Depression Along With Diabetes for Best Results

David Spero

Your Year in Review

Eric Lagergren

Show Me Your Sites

David Spero

Learning From Diabetes in Alaska

David Spero

Compassion for Ourselves

Eric Lagergren

In No Particular Order

Amy Campbell

Glass Half Empty…or Half Full? Looking on the Bright Side

Eric Lagergren

Why I Do This

Eric Lagergren

A Very Mild Funk

David Spero

Limits, Faith, and Diabetes

David Spero

Fear, Anger, Action

David Spero

Faith Healing

David Spero

The Happiness Cure

David Spero

Diabetes Guilt

David Spero

Learning From Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Depression: A Cause and an Effect of Diabetes

Jan Chait

Gaining the Tools to Venture Out

David Spero

Alone With Diabetes

David Spero

Your Body: Love It or Leave It

Eric Lagergren

That Life, That Exercise (Part 2 of 2, Finally!)

Eric Lagergren

That Life, That Exercise (Part 1.5 of 2)

David Spero

Two Nights, Two Celebrations

David Spero

Learning Our Limits

David Spero

Prejudiced Against Ourselves?

David Spero

Do You Need More People?

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer

Mindfulness and Stress Management

David Spero

More Meaningful Than We Know

David Spero

Coping With Bad News

Jan Chait

Relaxation on My Mind

David Spero

No More Mr. Nice Girl

David Spero

For the Veterans

Eric Lagergren

A Not Insignificant Reason For Continued Good Self-Management

David Spero

“You Have to Love Yourself”

David Spero

Why We Need Reasons to Live

David Spero

The Pleasure Treatment

Jan Chait

Fun Moments Take the Sting out of Dealing with Diabetes

Diane Fennell

Syringe Recall; Depression Raises Severe Complications Risk

Eric Lagergren

Doctors, Doctors, and More Doctors

David Spero

Sunshine in a Bottle

David Spero

Happy New Year’s Resolution!

David Spero

Finding Joy

Eric Lagergren

How Easy It Could Be to Slide

Jan Chait

Latkes and Jelly Doughnuts Fill the Weekend

Eric Lagergren

So Many Positive Things

David Spero

Transforming Food Habits

David Spero

The Joys of Marketing

Jan Chait

Keep on Truckin’. It’s Either Uphill or Downhill from Here.

Diane Fennell

Study Links Depression and Early Stages of Chronic Kidney Disease

Eric Lagergren

Diabetes Information Overload

David Spero

What About Urine Tests?

David Spero

Thin Type 2s?

David Spero

Where Do You Find Hope?

David Spero

Health and Happiness

Jan Chait

Food for Thought

David Spero

Illness and Fear

David Spero

Are We an Epidemic?

Eric Lagergren

I’m a Traveling Man Who Has Diabetes

David Spero

Changing Killer Thoughts

Jan Chait

Now How Did That Happen?

Eric Lagergren

Running Scared: A Legitimate Concern or Just an Excuse

David Spero

Qi Gong, Diabetes, and Me

Jan Chait

Is ‘Globesity’ the Next Factor in Global Warming?

David Spero

Proud of Yourself?

Jan Chait

Travel Helps Broaden Physical Abilities

David Spero

Where Do You Find Support?

David Spero

Living with Fear

David Spero

Coping with Frustration

David Spero

Discrimination and Diabetes

Jan Chait

Achilles Was a Heel

David Spero

Emotions and Bad Habits

David Spero

Ideas in Weight Control

Eric Lagergren

For the Rest of My Life, This Month

Jan Chait

Bias Weighs on My Mind

David Spero

Do Emotions Help or Hurt You?

Eric Lagergren

Recognizing the Need to Tweak Thought

Eric Lagergren

The Weather Outside and Within

David Spero

Families and Self-Care

Jan Chait

Taking Care of Me

David Spero

A Good Cry?

Tara Dairman

Free Depression Screening, In Person and Online

David Spero

Does Health Affect Your Relationships?

David Spero

Speaking Up for Myself

David Spero

Partners Speak Out About Sex

Eric Lagergren

Moving Out of the Fast Lane

Eric Lagergren

This Sounds Familiar To Me

David Spero

"Angry with God"

David Spero

Power Naps, Health Naps

Eric Lagergren

"It Turned Everything Upside Down"

David Spero

Diabetes and the Brain

Eric Lagergren

Breaking Bad News

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Antidepressants and Diabetes Risk

David Spero

Weight, Prejudice, and Type 2 Diabetes

David Spero

Write It Down

Eric Lagergren

Diabetes In My Hierarchy of Needs

Amy Campbell

Binge Eating Disorder and Diabetes (Part 2)

Amy Campbell

Binge Eating Disorder and Diabetes (Part 1)

Eric Lagergren

I Get By With a Little Help From the 19th Century

David Spero

New Year’s Resolutions

Web Team

What We’re Reading: Depression, Diabetes, and the Elderly

David Spero

Coping With Stress Through Relaxation

David Spero

Reducing Stress

David Spero

Accepting

David Spero

Native Americans, Love, and Diabetes

David Spero

Are You Ready for the Holidays?

Tara Dairman

National Diabetes Month, Week 2: Employees

Eric Lagergren

What Are They Thinking? (I’m Thinking)

David Spero

Depression—The Power Cure

David Spero

Self-Managing Depression

David Spero

Depression and Type 2 Diabetes—Symptoms or Disease? (Part 2)

Tara Dairman

Treating Depression Through the Workplace

David Spero

Depression and Type 2 Diabetes—Symptoms or Disease?

Jan Chait

Diabetes-Savvy Mental Health Professionals Needed

David Spero

Changing a Bad Habit

David Spero

Say the Magic Word

David Spero

I Need Some Rest

Eric Lagergren

On Keeping a Diabetes Journal

Eric Lagergren

A Diabetes Neophyte’s Prologue (Part 3)

Tara Dairman

More Good News About Exercise

Jan Chait

There’s a Reason We Don’t Call it "Hibegon"

David Spero

Put Your Mask on First

David Spero

Wellness is a Team Sport, Part 2: Working With Family

Jan Chait

Laughter: A Good Medicine to Add to Your Arsenal

David Spero

Wellness is a Team Sport, Part 1: "I Hate to Ask"

Joe Nelson

Take Care and Be Well, My Friends

Joe Nelson

Keep on Keeping on

Joe Nelson

Heal Thy Self

Jan Chait

Tackling a Weighty Subject

Joe Nelson

What is Mental Health?

Jan Chait

Escaping the Whirlwind

Joe Nelson

Trying to Get Diabetes Right

Joe Nelson

The Wisdom and Courage of Children

Joe Nelson

Support in Action!

Jan Chait

Stressed? That’s Life!

Joe Nelson

Anger! What Do You Think It’s Good For?

Tara Dairman

Article of the Week: Diabetes and Your Marriage

Joe Nelson

The Weight of Work Gets Heavier

Joe Nelson

56 Years of Diabetes and Still Learning

Joe Nelson

The “Terrorism” of Diabetes

Tara Dairman

What We’re Reading: More on Depression, Diabetes, and Heart Disease

Joe Nelson

Getting the Group You Need

Joe Nelson

Depression, Diabetes, and Heart Disease

Joe Nelson

Attitude of Gratitude

Joe Nelson

Depression in Men

Joe Nelson

The Times They Are A-Changin’

Joe Nelson

The Cost of Therapy

Joe Nelson

Guided Imagery—A Complement to Conventional Therapy

Joe Nelson

When Therapy Doesn’t Help

Jan Chait

Turn Off the Alarm Clock—I’m Busy Sleeping

Joe Nelson

Barriers to Therapy

Joe Nelson

Independence vs. Dependence

Tara Dairman

Article of the Week: Eight Tips for Managing Diabetes Distress

Joe Nelson

To Tell or Not to Tell, That is the Question

Jan Chait

Up in Smoke: Changing Bad Habits

Joe Nelson

When Therapy Makes Sense

Joe Nelson

Back on Track

Tara Dairman

Article of the Week: Helping Young Children Succeed With Diabetes Care

Joe Nelson

A Nod of Acceptance

Joe Nelson

Struggles with Panic Attacks

Joe Nelson

SAD and Sleepy in Minnesota

Joe Nelson

Meditation 101

Joe Nelson

Women’s Sexual Health

Jan Chait

Trying to Control the Uncontrollable

Joe Nelson

What’s Your Wild Card?

Joe Nelson

When Support Isn’t Enough

Joe Nelson

Support, What Do You Think It’s Good For?

Joe Nelson

Diabetes is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Joe Nelson

Taking a Vacation From Diabetes

Joe Nelson

Taking the Risk

Joe Nelson

The Courage to Live With Diabetes

Joe Nelson

The Stages of Change

Joe Nelson

Working With Emotional Eating

Joe Nelson

Q&A: Depression and Diabetes

Joe Nelson

Taking Charge of Feelings

Joe Nelson

Sex and Diabetes

Joe Nelson

Opening Up

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