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Good ‪#‎nutrition‬ without physical activity is only half of the battle for ‪#‎weightloss‬ and living a healthy lifestyle. ‪#‎NationalExerciseMonth‬ is a good time to talk about the dietitian’s partner, the exercise physiologist (EP). Now most people are familiar with dietitians and have some idea of what they do and why seeing one would be a good idea if you have diabetes. However, determining why their doctor wrote out a referral for an appointment with an exercise physiologist may leave a lot of people scratching their heads. Planning for and starting an ‪#‎exercise‬ program can be challenging for many people with ‪#‎diabetes‬. EPs can help you learn how to exercise safely no matter what your starting condition is. Read today's ‪#‎dblog‬ to learn more about the benefit of working with an exercise physiologist.
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#‎Needles‬ are an essential tool for people who rely on ‪#‎insulin‬ to manage their ‪#‎diabetes‬, but sometimes they can be a little bit nerve wracking. After all, it’s your body’s natural instinct to protect itself from harm. Being a little squeamish is perfectly normal, but it is essential that you overcome this anxiety in order to successfully manage your diabetes. In today's ‪#‎dblog‬ we are sharing six simple tips for overcoming some common anxieties about using needles.
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Getting through airport security with ‪#‎diabetes‬ can be a pain. In today's‪#‎dblog‬, Katharine Gordon, Director of the Legal Advocate Program at theAmerican Diabetes Association, who also works with the Transportation Security Administration (‪#‎TSA‬), shares some tips for traveling to make it a little easier, safer, and more pleasant for all involved
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‪#‎Kidneydisease‬ is a growing problem in America. ‪#‎Medicare‬ spent nearly $30 billion on care for people with ‪#‎kidney‬ disease in 2012. Many of these cases are caused by the high ‪#‎bloodsugar‬ of uncontrolled ‪#‎diabetes‬. Understanding who will develop kidney disease and how to prevent it are the holy grails of proper treatment. In today's ‪#‎dblog‬, learn about the research being done at Joslin Diabetes Center, which helps doctors to better treat patients with kidney disease, preventing them from progressing to end stage renal disease and improving the quality of life for patients with diabetes. ‪#‎KidneyMonth‬ ‪#‎NationalKidneyMonth‬
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#‎Kidneys‬ are the filters of your body, removing the waste and byproducts of your day-to-day life. When they fail, that waste builds up in your body and becomes toxic. Twenty to 40 percent of people with ‪#‎diabetes‬ will develop some degree of ‪#‎kidneydisease‬. To understand what goes wrong in kidney disease, we first have to understand how these organs function when they’re healthy. Check out today's ‪#‎dblog‬ for explanations from Dr. Robert Stanton, Chief of Nephgology at Joslin Diabetes Center, on how your kidneys function and how diabetes impacts your risk for kidney disease. ‪#‎NationalKidneyMonth‬
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While there are many people who enjoy ‪#‎snowboarding‬, ‪#‎skiing‬, and hiking in the mountains, there are others who like push the limits even further. Some consider climbing into the clouds to reach mountaintop summits to be the ultimate test of mind and body. For people managing ‪#‎diabetes‬, mountain climbing can present even more challenges. In the second installment of our two part series, we take a look at what you need to know for managing your diabetes when your winter activities involve extreme altitudes. ‪#‎dblog‬
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When you talk to your doctor about your ‪#‎cholesterol‬, you probably have heard about two different kinds: the bad and the good. ‪#‎LDL‬ cholesterol, classified as “bad,” deposits cholesterol particles in your arteries and increases your risk for a heart attack. ‪#‎HDL‬ cholesterol is the “good” kind. Having high LDL levels puts you at a higher risk for ‪#‎heartdisease‬. People with naturally high HDL levels seem to be more protected. But if you have low HDL, does raising it protect you from a ‪#‎heartattack‬? In today's ‪#‎dblog‬, Om Ganda, M.D., Director of the Lipid Clinic at Joslin Diabetes Center, discusses if raising your HDL levels can decrease your risk for a heart attack.
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A new ‪#‎technology‬ is allowing doctors to see a wider view of the inside the‪#‎eye‬. This was not previously possible with any other non-dilated retinal imaging device. Researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center led by Paolo Silva, M.D., staff ophthalmologist and assistant chief of ‪#‎telemedicine‬, have confirmed that ultrawide field imaging can significantly improve the ability to identify ‪#‎diabetic‬ retinopathy in its early stages. Learn more in today's‪#‎dblog‬: http://bit.ly/1YtvKdl.
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Gordon Weir, M.D., Co-Head of the Section on ‪#‎IsletCell‬ and Regenerative Biology at Joslin Diabetes Center, has teamed up with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers Robert Langer, Ph.D., Institute Professor, and Daniel Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, to move the ‪#‎type1diabetes‬ field one step closer towards a cure. The four-year old collaboration tackles the problem of protecting transplanted ‪#‎betacells‬ (the islet cells that secrete ‪#‎insulin‬) from continued ‪#‎autoimmune‬ attack. Click here to learn more about Dr. Weir's ‪#‎T1D‬ research with beta cells: http://bit.ly/1ShsUWR. ‪#‎dblog‬
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For people with ‪#‎type1diabetes‬, ‪#‎diabetic‬ ‪#‎kidneydisease‬ is one of the most serious long term complications. Current treatment methods rely on the proteinuria centered model, which utilizes the amount of protein in a patient’s urine to determine risk and treatment for ‪#‎kidney‬ disease. Despite the implementation of reno-protective therapies, drugs that reduce the amount of protein in urine, end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is still a prominent risk for people with ‪#‎T1D‬, which is why Andrzej Krolewski, M.D., Ph.D., Head of the Section on Genetics and Epidemiology, is implementing a new approach towards fighting ESRD. To learn more about Dr. Krolewski's new approach, check out today's ‪#‎dblog‬. ‪#‎KidneyMonth‬
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The ‪#‎kidneys‬ play an important role in your health and well-being by filtering waste products and excess fluids from your blood. People with ‪#‎diabetes‬ have an elevated risk of developing ‪#‎kidneydisease‬ due to higher levels of ‪#‎bloodglucose‬ that can damage the blood vessels in your kidneys. When these tiny vessels are harmed, your kidneys are incapable of properly filtering your blood. This can also lead to excess protein in your urine and a buildup of waste material in your blood. Although people with diabetes are more likely to be diagnosed with kidney disease, you can slow its progress significantly if you catch it early and get treated. In today's ‪#‎dblog‬, Chief of Nephrology, Dr. Robert Stanton shares three ways you can lower your risk of developing kidney disease. ‪#‎KidneyMonth‬ ‪#‎NationalKidneyMonth‬
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Andrzej Krolewski, Ph.D., Head of Genetics and Epidemiology at Joslin Diabetes Center, and other key Joslin investigators including Alessandro Doria, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., Investigator in the Section on Epidemiology and Genetics at Joslin, are exploring if allopurinol—an ‪#‎FDA‬-approved drug that lowers uric acid—will help prevent or slow the loss of ‪#‎kidney‬ function in people with ‪#‎type1diabetes‬. In 2013, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Joslin $24.3 million to lead a five-year clinical trial titled Preventing Early Renal Function Loss in Diabetes, or PERL. This research offers potential hope to people with ‪#‎T1D‬, 10 to 15 percent of whom will develop end-stage renal disease, meaning they will need ‪#‎dialysis‬ or a renal transplant to survive. ‪#‎dblog‬ ‪#‎KidneyMonth‬
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Joslin Diabetes Center is the world’s preeminent diabetes research and clinical care organization.
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Joslin Diabetes Center, a teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a one-of-a-kind institution on the front lines of the world epidemic of diabetes — leading the battle to conquer diabetes in all of its forms through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to clinical care and education.

OUR VISION: A world free of diabetes and its complications

OUR MISSION: To prevent, treat and cure diabetes.

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