If you have questions about diabetes, treatment, and more, this is the place to find the answers. Our TeamingUp Coaches are all registered nurses who have been in the trenches for years working with people who are living with diabetes. And since they’ve answered each and every question, you can trust the information you find here. Of course, you should talk with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise, or treatment routine.
Coach Mallory C.
Coach Mallory answers your questions about your diabetes knowledge and treatment. Be sure to talk with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise, or treatment routine.
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Dealing with new challenges can become overwhelming. So when faced with a change in medication, I find it helps to start with the facts. Diabetes can change over time. That means it is not unusual for your doctor to change your medication or your medication dose. It is also not unusual to have lots of questions. Your healthcare team, including your doctors, pharmacist, and diabetes educators, can help explain the differences in medicines and the ways they work to lower blood sugar. And they can help answer any questions you may have about how to take your medications and what, if any, side effects to expect. There are also helpful tips you can try for fitting medication changes into your daily routine.
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First, I’d say “bravo” to you, for doing what you can to manage your diabetes. Balancing a treatment plan means that you are following a healthy diet, exercise, and medication routine, and tracking your blood sugar. It’s not surprising that sometimes you may need some help, so having a support system that has your back can be invaluable. One step is discussing the questions you have with your doctor. Building your team is another step.
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It’s actually kind of interesting. Your blood sugar may go up at night because your body is producing less insulin and more glucose or sugar. If you think your fasting blood sugar levels are too high, it may help if you try eating earlier in the evening or doing an activity, like going for a walk, after dinner. Work with your doctor to set a blood sugar goal that’s right for you.
The simple answer is “yes.” Whether it’s physical, like when your body is trying to recover from an injury, or emotional, like when you are trying to deal with a tough issue, stress can cause your blood sugar levels to go up. In fact, scientists are discovering that stress can be a serious health hazard, especially for people with diabetes. Even just thinking about managing your blood sugar can lead to stress.
Stress can alter your blood sugar in 2 ways:
Fortunately, there also are strategies to help lower people's stress:
It's important to talk to your healthcare provider when you feel stressed. He or she can suggest several ways to help you manage stress.
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Coach Manisha P.
Coach Manisha answers your questions about eating well with diabetes. Be sure to talk with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise, or treatment routine.
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Everybody is different, so always check with your healthcare provider to find what is right for you. There is no rule of thumb when it comes to carbohydrates and people with diabetes, because what is best for one person may not be best for another. Experts agree that:
Ask your doctor if you can drink alcohol. When it comes to drinking alcohol, common sense applies, such as not driving and not drinking on an empty stomach. If you decide to drink, remember the key is to drink moderately. Moderate drinking is defined as no more than one drink a day for adult women and no more than two drinks a day for adult men. One drink is 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits (liquor).
Can alcohol affect your blood sugar? Absolutely, most often causing very low blood sugar. Some medications, including some diabetes medications, require limits on alcohol use. Alcohol can also affect your thought process. You should be able to think clearly enough to monitor your blood sugar levels and to know what to do should they drop lower than what is recommended for you. If you are drinking, make sure to tell a friend what to do in the event of low blood sugar. It may be a good idea to wear an ID bracelet indication that you have diabetes.See how alcohol affects blood sugar. WATCH VIDEO»
It’s hard to imagine life without delicious fruit! Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber, just like vegetables. And they’re great for satisfying your sweet tooth. Just remember that fruit contains carbohydrates, so you need to take that into account. Try to stick to fresh, but if you can’t, choose canned or frozen in juice or light syrup.
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When you have diabetes, water is your friend. So drink up! If you don’t drink enough water, your blood sugar may go up. People with diabetes can get dehydrated (lose too much water from their bodies) very easily, so it is important to stay hydrated. Try to drink four or more 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Working out or being out in the heat are just two examples of when your body needs more water. So be sure to carry and drink plenty of water, even when you’re not thirsty, to help keep your blood sugar under control.
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Skipping a meal can cause low blood sugar levels. You’ve heard it a zillion times: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Turns out, it’s true. That first meal of the day lets you “break the fast” between dinner the night before and lunch later in the day. It is never a good idea to skip a meal. It keeps your body from maintaining normal blood sugar levels. When your body goes without food for a while, it can go into a fasting state where it “thinks” it is not going to be fed for a long time and stores whatever you eat next as fat. And here is the double whammy: Missing a meal can make you overly hungry, so you may eat more the next time you do eat. Remember to check your blood sugar, including when you wake up, as directed by your healthcare provider.
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Here are a few common triggers that can tempt you to pile your plate with unhealthy food choices. Plus a few quick tips to get you back on track.
1. Not getting your zzz's. When you don't get enough sleep, your levels of the "hunger hormone" ghrelin rise, which can increase your appetite. The solution: establish a regular sleep routine, going to bed and rising at the same time each day (even on weekends), to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep.
2. Daily challenges. Ever find yourself reaching for that bag of chips or cookies when you’re feeling stressed, anxious, depressed—or just plain bored? You’re not alone. To help overcome temptation, wait a few minutes and think about the real reason why you’re lunging for the chips. You may find that the craving passes. Or try keeping a “food diary” to help you identify all those times when you use “comfort food” as a way to make up for something that’s missing in your life. That way, you can be more mindful the next time you’re inclined to indulge.
3. Social situations. From cocktail parties to holiday gatherings, it’s easy to follow the crowd. Instead of indulging, have a healthy snack ahead of time so you’re not so hungry. Or switch things up. Instead of chips and dip, go for vegetable crudités. Instead of cocktails, opt for sparkling water with lemon, lime or a touch of fruit juice.
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Coach Wendy C.
Coach Wendy answers your questions about exercise. Be sure to talk with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise, or treatment routine.
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Coach Alissa H.
Coach Alissa answers your questions about getting diabetes support. Be sure to talk with your doctor before making any changes to your diet, exercise, or treatment routine.
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You have enough on your plate trying to manage your diabetes. Sanofi wants to help make affording diabetes medication manageable, too. If you are taking a Sanofi medication, you may be eligible to receive savings* and be part of a support program. To learn more go to Savings & Support. Eligibility restrictions apply. Please see below.
COACH is a patient support program from Sanofi that is free and available to you if you are starting on some Sanofi diabetes medications. COACH offers you personalized support to help you as you begin your new medication, through one-on-one phone calls with your very own Coach, as well as emails and text reminders. With COACH, you’ll learn about your new treatment, get your particular questions answered, and receive information and tips related to your overall diabetes management needs.
Once you get your first prescription for some Sanofi medications, you can enroll in COACH online or over the phone. You will also be enrolled in COACH automatically when you activate your Savings Card.
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*Certain restrictions apply. Sanofi savings offers are not valid for prescriptions covered by or submitted for reimbursement under Medicaid, Medicare, VA, DOD, TRICARE, or similar federal or state programs including any state pharmaceutical programs. Void where prohibited by law. Upon registration, patient receives all program details. Sanofi US reserves the right to change the maximum cap amount, rescind, revoke, or amend this program without notice.