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Can you drink alcohol while taking Metformin?Can you drink alcohol while taking Metformin?
Lifestyle
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Can you drink alcohol while taking Metformin?

You’ve been eating well, working out, and taking your Metformin as your doctor recommended. You might be wondering if a drink or two will break your healthy blood sugar streak. Can you drink alcohol while taking Metformin? Find out in this article.

Gabrielle McPherson
8/2/2022
Diabetes and high blood pressureDiabetes and high blood pressure
Living with Diabetes
Lifestyle
Diabetes and high blood pressure

Stay ahead of your heart health by learning the must-know facts about diabetes and high blood pressure. This article will tell you more about blood pressure, diabetes and high blood pressure, life expectancy, health tips, and how 9am.health can help you live your best life.

Gabrielle McPherson
7/27/2022
Metformin treatment for prediabetesMetformin treatment for prediabetes
Metformin
Metformin treatment for prediabetes

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with prediabetes, you may be scouring the internet for the need-to-know info on how to care for yourself well. Eating healthy, exercising, and taking Metformin may be the treatment trio your doctor recommends. Learn more about Metformin treatment for prediabetes in this article.

Gabrielle McPherson
7/25/2022
Food that activates your sex driveFood that activates your sex drive
Nutrition
Lifestyle
Food that activates your sex drive

If you have diabetes, your sex drive may be lower than usual or even absent. Diabetes can cause low libido, so lovemaking may be the furthest thing from your mind. Good nutrition helps boost your sex drive so you can enjoy it like you used to. Learn more about food that activates your sex drive in this article.

Gabrielle McPherson
7/22/2022
Here’s why access to birth control and abortion care are important when you have diabetesHere’s why access to birth control and abortion care are important when you have diabetes
Living with Diabetes
Here’s why access to birth control and abortion care are important when you have diabetes

Healthcare that helps you make decisions about your body, including birth control and abortion care, is critical to comprehensive diabetes care. Learn more about why reproductive health care matters for women with diabetes and what steps you can take to stay informed and safe.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
7/20/2022
How to overcome the side effects of MetforminHow to overcome the side effects of Metformin
Metformin
Living with Diabetes
How to overcome the side effects of Metformin

Metformin has been prescribed to patients for 60 years. Studies have shown that it safely and effectively lowers blood glucose and even helps with weight management. For some people, it may cause side effects like stomach cramps or diarrhea, which often disappear with minor adjustments like taking it with food. Learn how to take Metformin without side effects.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
7/18/2022
Paxlovid drug interactions: What you need to knowPaxlovid drug interactions: What you need to know
Medication
Education
Paxlovid drug interactions: What you need to know

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow again, many people are looking for an antiviral medication to treat the disease. Paxlovid is a new drug to treat mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms. Read more about potential drug interactions of Paxlovid for people who are on medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

Sara Westermann
7/15/2022
The benefits of mindful eating for diabetesThe benefits of mindful eating for diabetes
Lifestyle
Nutrition
The benefits of mindful eating for diabetes

Eating mindfully means being more aware of how and why you eat. When you're eating mindfully, you become aware of hunger cues and the taste, texture, and smell of your food. All of this can add up to healthy eating habits to support diabetes. Learn all about mindful eating and diabetes here.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
7/13/2022
Can you eat ice cream when you have diabetes?Can you eat ice cream when you have diabetes?
Nutrition
Lifestyle
Can you eat ice cream when you have diabetes?

Diabetes can make you feel robbed of life’s best sweet treats; however, you can enjoy a variety of foods in moderation and still be healthy. So, can you eat ice cream when you have diabetes? This article will give you the scoop.

Gabrielle McPherson
7/11/2022
How diabetes affects BIPOC communities How diabetes affects BIPOC communities
Education
How diabetes affects BIPOC communities

There are many reasons why BIPOC communities experience higher rates of diabetes. Read more about how virtual care can help address some of them.

Corinna Cornejo
7/8/2022
7 tips to better your diabetes and sex life7 tips to better your diabetes and sex life
Lifestyle
Living with Diabetes
7 tips to better your diabetes and sex life

Elevated blood sugars impact the eyes, feet, blood vessels, heart, and nerves, but what goes unsaid is that it affects the sex organs too. Improving your blood sugar control is the key to having better sex. Read on to enhance your diabetes and sex life with these seven tips.

Gabrielle McPherson
7/6/2022
How to get a Metformin prescription if you have diabetesHow to get a Metformin prescription if you have diabetes
Medication
Metformin
How to get a Metformin prescription if you have diabetes

Metformin is a common prescription for type 2 diabetes. You do need a prescription to get Metformin, but you can still get it even if you don't have access to a primary care doctor. Learn how online care can help you get an affordable Metformin prescription for diabetes here.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
7/4/2022
6 questions you should ask your doctor about diabetes6 questions you should ask your doctor about diabetes
Education
6 questions you should ask your doctor about diabetes

Because diabetes impacts people differently, it’s important to openly communicate with your diabetes care team to develop a unique treatment plan. You might be wondering “what should I ask at my first diabetes appointment?” Read on to learn the best questions to ask so you can know what to expect with a new diabetes diagnosis.

Gabrielle McPherson
6/30/2022
How to reverse prediabetes in 5 ways How to reverse prediabetes in 5 ways
Lifestyle
Nutrition
How to reverse prediabetes in 5 ways

If you feel discouraged by prediabetes, know that reversing it is possible if you’re committed to making the necessary lifestyle changes. These efforts include healthier foods, getting active, and quitting smoking. Learn more about how to reverse your prediabetes by improving your eating habits and getting physically active.

Gabrielle McPherson
6/28/2022
Why stress management is important for diabetesWhy stress management is important for diabetes
Mental Health
Why stress management is important for diabetes

Chronic stress can increase blood sugar levels, making it more challenging to meet blood sugar targets. But people who live with diabetes are also more likely to experience stress. Learn more here about why stress can make it harder to manage diabetes, signs you are under too much stress, and steps you can take to minimize the impact of stress on your overall health.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
6/10/2022
Diabetes and Severe COVID: What you need to knowDiabetes and Severe COVID: What you need to know
Living with Diabetes
Diabetes and Severe COVID: What you need to know

People with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of getting severely ill or dying from COVID, but why? Dr. Tricia Santos Cavaiola dives into why this happens and explains why vaccines and blood sugar management are critical for reducing your risk. Learn more here.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
5/27/2022
6 tips on how to take care of your diabetes on the road 6 tips on how to take care of your diabetes on the road
Nutrition
6 tips on how to take care of your diabetes on the road

Traveling long distances can thwart your regular diabetes routine due to stress, changes in eating, time zone differences, and blood sugar fluctuations. Taking care of your diabetes health on the road isn’t easy, but it’s possible. Learn more about how to eat healthy on the road, manage your medical care, and engage in simple on-the-road workouts.

Gabrielle McPherson
5/25/2022
How to take care of your diabetes without insurance How to take care of your diabetes without insurance
Education
How to take care of your diabetes without insurance

Medications, labs, doctors visits, and more—the cost of diabetes can be overwhelming, but there are ways to make it more affordable with or without diabetes insurance. Read more to learn about what resources are available to make diabetes care more accessible for everyone.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
5/19/2022
Can diabetes cause mental health issues?Can diabetes cause mental health issues?
Mental Health
Can diabetes cause mental health issues?

Dealing with diabetes can leave you feeling down, impacting how well you take care of yourself and your health. One way to cope well with a diabetes diagnosis is to stay in touch with your emotions to get the right help. Read on to learn more about diabetes and mental health and how they relate to each other.

Gabrielle McPherson
5/11/2022
How does type 2 diabetes affect your lifestyle?How does type 2 diabetes affect your lifestyle?
Lifestyle
How does type 2 diabetes affect your lifestyle?

If you’ve been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, you may not have any symptoms and could be reluctant to change your current lifestyle. But dealing with your blood sugar earlier than later through lifestyle choices can help manage blood sugar to prevent complications of type 2 diabetes and increase your life expectancy. Keep reading to learn how even small changes in your habits may improve your quality of life.

Lisa Andrews
5/4/2022
Is diabetes genetic?Is diabetes genetic?
Education
Is diabetes genetic?

Are you worried about getting diabetes because of your parents’ medical history? While having a close family member with diabetes certainly plays a part in its cause, managing lifestyle factors including what you eat, how well you sleep, and how often you get moving put you in the driver’s seat. Keep reading to learn more about what causes diabetes and how to prevent it.

Lisa Andrews
4/28/2022
7 easy breakfast choices for diabetes 7 easy breakfast choices for diabetes
Nutrition
Lifestyle
7 easy breakfast choices for diabetes

Popular breakfast items can be high in carbs, and if you have diabetes, you might be seeking healthier alternatives. A diabetes diagnosis doesn’t mean you’re subject to the same bland breakfast day after day. Learn more about the best foods to eat for diabetes and good breakfast examples for diabetes to enjoy healthy, tasty, and easy morning meals.

Gabrielle McPherson
4/26/2022
How to get your diabetes lab tests done from home How to get your diabetes lab tests done from home
Lab Tests
Medical Care
How to get your diabetes lab tests done from home

Finding time in your busy daily schedule to get your diabetes lab tests drawn is not easy. It’s easy to put off a diabetes lab test as just one more thing on the list, even if you know it’s important. Luckily, 9am.health brings the lab to you with comprehensive at-home lab tests for diabetes. Learn more here.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
4/21/2022
What kind of doctors treat diabetes?What kind of doctors treat diabetes?
Medical Care
Living with Diabetes
What kind of doctors treat diabetes?

Diabetes requires a team approach to help you feel your best, but sometimes it's expensive or difficult to find the appointments you need. This article explores what kind of doctors treat diabetes, the essential members of your diabetes care team, and how 9am.health makes it easy and affordable to get the care you need.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
4/20/2022
What are the best exercises for diabetes?What are the best exercises for diabetes?
Lifestyle
What are the best exercises for diabetes?

You mastered eating lots of veggies and being sure to take your medicine as prescribed. Your life is busy, and it’s hard to see exercise as beneficial when it feels burdensome. Exercise is an instrumental part of managing your diabetes and has many health benefits. Read on to learn more about the best exercises for diabetes.

Gabrielle McPherson
4/14/2022
Should I take medication for my diabetes? Should I take medication for my diabetes?
Medication
Should I take medication for my diabetes?

Are you wondering whether to take medication for your diabetes? Type 2 diabetes medications include a wide variety of oral and injectable medications, and there are new medications every year. Read on to learn more about if you should take medication for your diabetes.

Tanya Freirich, MS, RDN, CDCES
4/12/2022
Why we founded 9am.health? Why we founded 9am.health?
Education
Why we founded 9am.health?

9am.health was founded with you in mind, and we believe healthcare should be accessible, affordable, and kind. Learn more about why we launched 9am.health, what our programs provide, and how we make it easier to live with diabetes.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
4/5/2022
Best foods to eat with diabetesBest foods to eat with diabetes
Lifestyle
Nutrition
Best foods to eat with diabetes

Are you interested in finding the most nutritious foods to eat when you have diabetes? At 9am.health, we'll cover the healthiest bread for those with diabetes, the best fruit picks for diabetes, delicious snacks for diabetes, and other beneficial meal and snack choices for individuals dealing with diabetes. Keep reading to learn more!

Lisa Andrews
3/31/2022
5 ways to prevent type 2 diabetes5 ways to prevent type 2 diabetes
Lifestyle
Nutrition
5 ways to prevent type 2 diabetes

Though diabetes isn’t always preventable for those with a family history, you can help keep your blood sugars in good shape by eating nutrient-rich foods and engaging in some of the best exercises for diabetes. Read on to find out how to prevent type 2 diabetes and the steps you can take towards better health. Here are 5 tips on how to prevent type 2 diabetes and the steps you can take towards better health.

Gabrielle McPherson
3/29/2022
How do we treat type 2 diabetes?How do we treat type 2 diabetes?
Medical Care
Medication
How do we treat type 2 diabetes?

Wondering how we treat type 2 diabetes? 9am.health gives you online access to a care team to help you with medications, testing, and personalized guidance for diet and exercise. Our approach guides you every step of the way, without even leaving your house. Learn more about how 9am.health works here.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
3/24/2022
Can type 2 diabetes be reversed?Can type 2 diabetes be reversed?
Living with Diabetes
Education
Can type 2 diabetes be reversed?

Can type 2 diabetes be reversed? The answer is yes, but it's different than being cured. With some changes in lifestyle habits like nutrition and exercise, you can stop the progression of diabetes, reduce complication risks and potentially reduce or stop diabetes medications. Learn more here.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
3/22/2022
How do I manage blood sugar levels?How do I manage blood sugar levels?
Living with Diabetes
Education
How do I manage blood sugar levels?

Diet and exercise habits are essential to managing blood sugar levels. You can use a blood glucose monitor or a continuous blood glucose monitor (CGM) to better understand how your body responds to food or activity, so you can make adjustments as needed—here’s how.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
3/16/2022
What should my blood glucose level be?What should my blood glucose level be?
Living with Diabetes
What should my blood glucose level be?

People without diabetes have a blood glucose level below 140 mg/dL one to two hours after eating. 140 to 199 mg/dL suggests prediabetes, and above 200 mg/dL suggests diabetes. If you have diabetes, monitoring your blood glucose levels help you and your diabetes care team make sure your treatment plan and medications are working for you.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
3/7/2022
What are the complications of type 2 diabetes? What are the complications of type 2 diabetes?
Medical Care
What are the complications of type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes complications can develop and manifest in different body areas, like eyes, kidneys, heart. It is important to be aware of what diabetes-related complications are, how to prevent them and how to manage them. Check out the following article to learn more.

Karina Nwoko, MS, RD, LDN
3/3/2022
What is type 2 diabetes?What is type 2 diabetes?
Education
What is type 2 diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes is a chronic health condition that affects how your body uses glucose (sugar), the primary source of energy for the body. Read on to learn more, including what causes type 2 diabetes, early signs of diabetes, and why blood sugar tests are so important for prevention and management.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
3/2/2022
What causes type 2 diabetes?What causes type 2 diabetes?
Education
What causes type 2 diabetes?

Despite what you’ve heard, sugar doesn’t cause diabetes. Diabetes isn’t caused by one factor. Lifestyle, genetics, and environment all play a role in developing diabetes. Learn more about what causes diabetes and what steps you can take to prevent or slow progression here.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
2/24/2022
Which types of diabetes are there? Which types of diabetes are there?
Education
Which types of diabetes are there?

Did you know diabetes exists in different forms? Prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, type 1 diabetes and gestational diabetes are all variations of the condition. But what is type 2 diabetes? Does it differ from type 1? Are they related to gestational diabetes? What causes prediabetes? Read on to answer these questions and learn more about the different types of diabetes.

Karina Nwoko, MS, RD, LDN
2/22/2022
How to set goals that last all year longHow to set goals that last all year long
Lifestyle
How to set goals that last all year long

SMART goals are a way to set resolutions that help you stay motivated and achieve your goals. They’re simple, straightforward, and effective for anyone who wants to lose weight or take charge of their health. Keep reading to learn how to set a SMART goal and make this year your best year yet.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
1/1/2022
How do you find out if you have type 2 diabetes? How do you find out if you have type 2 diabetes?
Lab Tests
How do you find out if you have type 2 diabetes?

Amanda was diagnosed with prediabetes in early 2018, but her doctor did not tell her the implications of that diagnosis. So she kept on living her life until she started to feel symptoms like blurry vision and tingly hands and feet.

Sara Westermann
11/11/2021
 5 tips on how to get the most out of your diabetes appointments 5 tips on how to get the most out of your diabetes appointments
Living with Diabetes
5 tips on how to get the most out of your diabetes appointments

If you’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be feeling overwhelmed and scared. You probably have questions about your diagnosis but don’t know where to start. We'll help you to prepare yourself with these useful tips.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
11/11/2021
How to find a diabetes doctor who cares?How to find a diabetes doctor who cares?
Medical Care
How to find a diabetes doctor who cares?

Have you ever felt rushed or dismissed when you went to your diabetes doctor or primary care physician (PCP) to talk about your diabetes? On average, a PCP spends 18 minutes with each patient. Not a lot of time to talk through anything beyond diabetes medications at your quarterly check-in. So should your primary care physician be the only doctor to talk about diabetes?

Sara Westermann
11/9/2021
How to help a family member living with diabetesHow to help a family member living with diabetes
Living with Diabetes
How to help a family member living with diabetes

Over 30 million Americans have been diagnosed or undiagnosed with diabetes, making it likely a person you know and love is living with this condition. While your family members can receive help from their care team or diabetes support groups, learning how to support someone with diabetes is one of the best things you can do for them.

Karina Nwoko, MS, RD, LDN
9/20/2021
Can I still drink alcohol when I have diabetes?Can I still drink alcohol when I have diabetes?
Lifestyle
Can I still drink alcohol when I have diabetes?

A diabetes diagnosis can sometimes seem like a challenge when it comes to determining what beverages you can consume. Alcohol in particular can feel like an overwhelming area to navigate. The good news is, you can continue to enjoy your favorite alcoholic beverages by keeping the following points in mind.

Karina Nwoko, MS, RD, LDN
9/20/2021
How do I get off Metformin?How do I get off Metformin?
Medication
Metformin
How do I get off Metformin?

Some people need to take Metformin long-term to manage their blood glucose levels. Others may decide they don't want to take it any longer. While it's possible to stop taking Metformin, there are essential things to keep in mind before making any changes.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
9/17/2021
4 things you can do about high blood sugar levels in the morning4 things you can do about high blood sugar levels in the morning
Living with Diabetes
4 things you can do about high blood sugar levels in the morning

You wake up and check your blood sugar, only to find it's higher than it should be. Chances are you aren't eating while you sleep, so what's happening? There are a few important reasons why you might wake up with high blood sugar. This blog will dive into the explanations and what you can do to minimize how often it happens.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
9/17/2021
How can I take care of my diabetes and be a good parent? How can I take care of my diabetes and be a good parent?
Living with Diabetes
How can I take care of my diabetes and be a good parent?

The moment I learned I had diabetes in 2019, everything changed. Aside from managing everything else, I needed to take better care of my health. I found the transition very difficult, especially since I am the only person in my immediate family with diabetes. But I found ways to not let diabetes control my life.

CJ Walker
9/14/2021
The shame associated with a type 2 diabetes diagnosisThe shame associated with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis
Mental Health
The shame associated with a type 2 diabetes diagnosis

Lynda was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes two years ago. Her initial reaction was shock, then came the guilt and shame. Read her story and how she is no longer ashamed of having diabetes.

Lynda Segovia-Thorn (Living with type 2 diabetes)
8/30/2021
Which lab tests do I need for diabetes?Which lab tests do I need for diabetes?
Lab Tests
Which lab tests do I need for diabetes?

Staying on top of your lab schedule when you have diabetes is a critical piece of your care plan. Think of labs as a road map for making positive changes. We'll walk you through the different types of important lab tests and why it’s crucial to keep up with them. You’ll also learn a bit more about your options for getting a blood test at home.

Caitlin Beale, MS, RDN
8/30/2021
How does diabetes affect my sex life?How does diabetes affect my sex life?
Living with Diabetes
How does diabetes affect my sex life?

Human beings are sexual beings. The question of how a new diagnosis of diabetes will impact your sex life is a natural one. Diabetes will change your sex life, but surprisingly, it may be for the better. It can encourage you to take better care of your body and health, and also have you thinking about your body and sex life differently.

LaurieAnn Scher, MS, RD, CDCES
8/5/2021

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