Today's Tip: What kind of exercise will help you lose the most weight?

If you’re trying to lose weight, an exercise program that includes aerobic activity as well as some type of calisthenics or weight lifting will probably help you the most.

Learn more about weight loss here.

Yesterday's Tip: What is one of the most important steps you can take for your eyes?

If you have diabetes, quitting smoking is arguably the single best thing you can do for your eyes (as well as your heart, lungs, kidneys, dental health, etc.).

Learn more about foods that can help improve eye health here.

January 20, 2022: What is one way to decrease my risk of diabetes-related vision loss?

Keeping your blood pressure at or below 115/75 mm Hg will greatly reduce the risk of losing vision to diabetes.

Learn more about managing blood pressure here.

January 19, 2022: What should I be sure to do before I go home from the hospital?

Before you leave the hospital, make sure you have in writing what your medicines and doses should be when you arrive home. If some of the medicines you were taking before hospitalization are not on the list of medicines to take after, ask why. Also, ask your usual pharmacist to check your new combination of medicines for potential drug interactions or anything that you may be allergic to.

Learn more about ensuring a successful hospital stay here.

January 18, 2022: How often should I have an HbA1c test?

People meeting their diabetes treatment goals should have an HbA1c test at least twice a year, and those whose therapy has changed or who are not meeting their goals should be tested four times a year.

Learn more about HbA1c here.

January 17, 2022: What should you do if you think you’ve developed low blood glucose?

If you think your blood glucose level is low, address the problem promptly. Stop what you’re doing, check your blood glucose level with your meter, and have a snack if necessary, even if you have to stop your car or interrupt a conversation to do it. If you don’t have your meter with you or can’t use it for any reason, go ahead and treat your symptoms of hypoglycemia without checking your blood glucose level first.

Learn more about hypoglycemia here.

January 16, 2022: How should I handle an episode of hypoglycemia (low blood glucose)?

To treat hypoglycemia, chew and swallow four glucose tablets (containing about 4 grams of carbohydrate each) or drink about 5 ounces of orange juice or a regular (not diet) soft drink.

Learn more about treating hypoglycemia here.

January 15, 2022: Should I purchase exercise videos to help me stick to my exercise routine?

Videos can be helpful for teaching you new routines and keeping you motivated. However, rather than buying exercise videos at retail price, it is far more cost-effective to borrow them from your public library, buy them for pennies at a garage sale, record them on your TV, or watch them online.

Learn about creating a home gym on a budget here.

January 14, 2022: I’m thinking of starting an exercise program. Should I purchase equipment to enhance the routines I’m planning on?

If you’re thinking of buying exercise equipment, only buy something if you’re sure you’ll use it regularly.

Learn about creating a home gym on a budget here.

January 13, 2022: I can’t afford to join a gym. How can I get exercise?

Walking is one of the best — and least expensive — forms of exercise. The only piece of equipment you need is a good pair of walking shoes.

Learn about creating a home gym on a budget here.

January 12, 2022: How can I save money on my food?

One of the keys to saving money while maximizing nutrition is to plan meals well in advance.

Learn more money-saving strategies for food here.

January 11, 2022: Can generic drugs help me save money?

Quite possibly. Generic drugs are almost identical to brand-name preparations, but they can cost significantly less. Ask your doctor if a generic version of your diabetes drugs is available and acceptable.

Learn more money-saving strategies for medicines here.

January 10, 2022: How should I go about getting the best price on my medicines?

When shopping around for a deal on drug prices, consider all the medicines you take. Pick the source with the lowest overall cost for your total drug needs.

Learn more money-saving strategies for medicines here.

January 9, 2022: How long can I use a bottle of insulin?

Manufacturer recommendations vary, but generally, opened bottles of insulin kept in either the refrigerator or at room temperature should be discarded after one month. Store unrefrigerated insulin below 86ºF away from heat and light and follow the manufacturer’s storage recommendations to avoid spoilage and waste.

Learn more about insulin here.

January 8, 2022: I spend a lot of money on alcohol wipes each year. What can I do?

Packaged alcohol wipes aren’t absolutely necessary. You can save money by using cotton balls and alcohol or by washing your hands with soap and water before each stick.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

January 7, 2022: How can I get discounts on my supplies?

Look for a supplier that offers a frequent-buyer program with discounts and check for discount coupons in the packaging of your diabetes supplies.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

January 6, 2022: I sometimes forget to reorder my supplies and end up running out. How can I prevent this from happening again?

Many insurance companies require personal initiation of each mail-order shipment, as opposed to automatically shipping supplies on a predetermined schedule. If you tend to forget to reorder supplies before you run out, therefore, it’s probably best to stick with local suppliers.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

January 5, 2022: Where can I get the best bargain on my diabetes supplies?

Ordering supplies by mail (online or by phone) is often the most cost-effective way to buy them.

Learn more money-saving strategies here.

January 4, 2022: How can I save money on urine ketone strips?

Look for urine ketone strips that are come in individually-wrapped packets, which last longer than those that come packaged together once the package is opened. Since they may be used only sporadically, this can help ensure that they are not wasted.

Learn more about ketones here.

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