What Are Continuous Glucose Monitoring Products?

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP When you have diabetes, it can be painful to undergo constant finger-sticks to check your blood sugar. To avoid the need for regular finger-sticks in both those with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, several companies have developed continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) products. If Continue Reading

Comparing and Contrasting Long-acting Insulins

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP If your doctor has told you that you need long-acting insulin, you may be overwhelmed with the number of products available. Although many brand name long-acting insulins are advertised on TV and in print, they represent only three main insulin products. The three main Continue Reading

Diabetes and Mental Health: Depression and Anxiety When You Have Diabetes

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP Having a diabetes diagnosis can be stressful. The everyday burden of managing your blood sugar and overall health can sometimes be overwhelming. This is especially true for those who suffer from mental health conditions like depression and anxiety. Although anyone can be diagnosed with Continue Reading

Diabetic Gastroparesis

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP Diabetic gastroparesis is a common, yet infrequently discussed, complication of diabetes. This condition is a type of nerve damage directly impacting the stomach and, therefore, digestion. Wide swings in blood sugar as well as malnutrition can result from diabetic gastroparesis if left untreated. For Continue Reading

MyDiabetesLifestyle.com Now Available on Amazon’s Alexa

by Ken Patterson, President of MyDiabetesLifestyle.com Our amazing team has created a new skill for Amazon Alexa users – “My Diabetes Lifestyle” is now active on Alexa. We are beyond excited to hear our articles being read out loud by Alexa. This new technology allows our community of people with Continue Reading

Diabetes and Proteinuria

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP It is common for people with diabetes to find out that they have protein in their urine. This condition, known as proteinuria, is a marker for kidney disease which can often occur in diabetes. For this reason, understanding what proteinuria is, and how to Continue Reading

Diabetes and Kidney Disease: What’s the Connection and How Can You Treat It?

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP At first, it may seem strange that diabetes can lead to kidney disease. However, diabetes is the most common cause of severe kidney disease in the United States. Further, kidney disease occurs in up to 40% of people with diabetes. The metabolic changes in Continue Reading

How Alcohol Impacts Blood Sugar

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP When you have diabetes, it is important to pay attention to everything that goes into your body. This includes alcohol. Drinking has an effect on many substances in the body, including the chemicals that regulate blood sugar. Further, these effects are not always predictable: Continue Reading

Metformin NDMA Contamination

by Jessica Pyhtila, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP Recent headlines have announced a series of metformin recalls due to contamination with a chemical called NDMA. As NDMA is a probable carcinogen, hearing about its health risks can be scary. However, it is important to understand that not all metformin is contaminated with Continue Reading