A Different Approach: Why Do I Struggle to Gain Control of My Diabetes?

A Different Approach: Why Do I Struggle to Gain Control of My Diabetes?

Lifestyle Tips, Mindfulness and Mentality
When we started Smart Diabetes Solutions in 2015, I set out to help people who were overweight or obese move toward a healthier way of living. After working and talking with thousands of people with diabetes over the last three years, I was able to help some people put their type 2 diabetes into remission (completely come off medications and get their A1C to normal range.) But I wasn’t able to help everyone. In some cases, it was because they were dealing with other medical issues, but for most, it was because I wasn’t able to help them transition mentally to accept the idea that they, too, could put their type 2 diabetes into remission by choosing to take back control of their health. I knew I needed to go…
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Jumpstarter Spotlight: Congrats Shirley C!

Jumpstarter Spotlight: Congrats Shirley C!

Lifestyle Tips, Success Spotlight
Today we'd like to congratulate one of our 21 Day Jumpstart Challenge members, Shirley Carter. We want to say "thank you" for being a positive part of our community! You have made excellent progress over the last year that deserves to be celebrated. Read on to get some tips from Shirley's journey, and get inspired to create your own success story! Here's Shirley's story, in her own words: "I went to the doctor for a routine blood test to check my liver function, as I had high blood pressure and this can affect your liver. She decided to run more tests, but I thought nothing more of it. A few days later, the results were back, I received a call from the doctor asking me to make an appointment with…
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How Compression Socks Can Help Diabetic Foot Swelling and Pain

How Compression Socks Can Help Diabetic Foot Swelling and Pain

Lifestyle Tips
Did you know compression socks can be a great for people with diabetes? If you struggle with swelling, circulation issues, or neuropathy pain in the feet or legs, compression socks are a great way to help reduce swelling and pain and keep feet and legs healthy and comfortable. Here's the top 5 reasons people with diabetes should try compression socks: 1) Increases Circulation Diabetes can cause a decrease in blood flow to the legs & feet. When left untreated, this can cause major complications. Gentle compression is a great way to help increase blood flow to keep feet healthier. Compression Socks can be worn daily and provide the gentle squeeze needed to increase circulation! 2) Decreases Swelling in Ankles, Feet, and Legs Many people with diabetes experience swelling. Mild compression…
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How to Care For Compression Socks

How to Care For Compression Socks

Lifestyle Tips
One of the best ways to combat discomfort in the legs and feet caused by diabetes is by consistently using compression socks. Now that you have ordered your compression socks, let’s make sure you get the most out of them. We will help ensure that you wear them properly to get the maximum amount of relief, and care for them correctly so they last as long as possible. When to Wear Compression Socks The goal of compression socks is to apply consistent pressure to the lower extremities, preventing numbing, swelling, tingling and burning sensation associated with long periods of standing and walking. With that in mind, you want to wear these compression socks throughout the day when you plan to be standing or sitting with your legs down for 2-3 hours…
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5 Ways to Combat Dry Skin Caused by Diabetes

5 Ways to Combat Dry Skin Caused by Diabetes

Lifestyle Tips
There are many symptoms caused by diabetes that people often don't talk about.  Unfortunately, one of these side effects is having very dry skin.  Dry skin can leave you itchy and uncomfortable and prone to cracks, cuts, scabs, and infections.  Luckily, there are easy ways to combat severe dry skin! 1) Drink Plenty of Water Skin is the body's largest organ, staying hydrated is important not only for your internal health but is essential to your skin as well. Making sure to get in eight glasses of water each day is essential to maintaining healthy blood sugars and keeping your body hydrated. In our free 21 Day Challenge, week 1 is all about getting enough water in! If you need some guidance to make sure you stay hydrated, you can…
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3 Simple, Natural and Proven Ways to Manage Blood Sugar Levels

3 Simple, Natural and Proven Ways to Manage Blood Sugar Levels

Lifestyle Tips, Managing Blood Sugar Levels
It’s tough to get past the idea that there’s a secret formula to managing blood sugar levels, lowering blood pressure and losing weight. There isn’t, and in the search for that secret you have most likely felt overwhelmed by the amount of diets, exercises, cleanses, detoxes, protein powders, weight loss pills and herbal supplements that claim they can solve a myriad of health issues. It’s tough to figure out what will work for you and your lifestyle. The solution you’ve looked for is simpler and more natural than you could have ever expected, and it gets back to the basics. The Four Pillars of Health (But You Only Need Three to Start) There are four pillars of health: hydration, nutrition, exercise and sleep. Each contributes to lowering blood sugar levels…
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What is Mindfulness? The Key to Long-Term Health

What is Mindfulness? The Key to Long-Term Health

Lifestyle Tips
Take a look at this past month of your life. Think about every time you intended to do something positive for your health and didn’t. Think about how many times you have awakened with the motivation to change your eating habits, increase your level of physical activity or do something to reduce your stress levels. Now,  how many times have you done all those positive things for your health? See, it’s never as easy we want it to be. We think it has everything to do with motivation, or we believe our own excuses to comfort us because why we didn’t do something we believed we should. Motivation, excuses and your current habits are built upon the way you feel about your own situation and yourself as a person. Maybe…
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