Diabetes

Introduction to Diabetes

How do Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes differ, and how does diet factor in to both? Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, delves deeper into these questions and explains just how diet, weight, and nutrition affect each type.

Gaining Control Through Diet

What foods are off limits for those with diabetes? According to Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, there are no "forbidden foods" or "diabetic diets." In this video, she tells us the golden rule to understand how to control diabetes through diet.

Balancing Your Blood Sugar Through Diet

How do you strike the perfect balance of what you're eating and how much insulin to take? Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition energy, NYC, gives step by step instructions on how to balance your blood sugar through food.

The Plate Method

How does planning a meal for someone with diabetes differ from planning any other meal? Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, says the two aren't so different after all. In this video, she describes what should go into a balanced, healthy meal.

4 Myths that Will Spike Your Blood Sugar

When it comes to maintaining a low carb diet, some seemingly healthy choices can actually be throwing off your blood sugar control. Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, helps us debunk some of the low carb myths that could be hurting you.

5 Substitutions to Improve your Blood Sugar

Making healthy food substitutions doesn't have to mean giving up the foods you love to eat. Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, gives her tips for enjoying your favorite foods while controlling blood sugar.

Top 5 Rules to Live By

Don't let diabetes be a constant burden. Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, has the top 5 rules to live by to keep your diabetes under control while maintaining a healthy and happy life.

Learning to Read Nutrition Labels

Learning to read and understand a nutrition label is important for everyone, but these two specific ingredients are especially important for those with diabetes. Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, explains what to look for and how it affects your blood sugar level.

Balancing Your Fruit Intake

Fruits are always a healthy choice, but when it comes to keeping your blood sugar under control there are some facts you should know before indulging. Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, tells us what fruit is made of and how to enjoy it the right way.

The Importance of Getting Exercise

Controlling diabetes isn't just about what foods you put into your body, it's also about how you use them! Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, explains how exercise is just as important when maintaining your blood sugar.

Roles and Responsibilities of Siblings

Sibling rivalry and jealousy around diabetes can be difficult to manage as a parent. How do you provide equal attention to each of your children when one has a condition that needs constant management? Watch now to learn the solutions these real families came up with.

Developing a Healthy Diet Strategy

"I felt like I could potentially feed him something that could shoot him sky high and...felt like that would be my fault." As a parent, feeding a child with diabetes can be a stressful task. However, many parents have found ways to make feeding their families affected by diabetes a positive experience. Watch more to find out how.

Fear and Learning to Live with the Diagnosis

When a child is first diagnosed with diabetes, families often become overwhelmed and fearful of how it will affect their lives. However, there comes a time when the fear must be overcome. These are the stories of real families who overcame the initial shock of the diagnosis, and found ways to move forward and learn to live with diabetes.

Needle Phobia - Overcoming the Fear

Fear of needles is very common, especially among children. However, in the life of a child with diabetes, insulin injections suddenly become a part of every day life. The thought daily needle injections can be very intimidating to both the child and the parent. These families were able to quickly overcome any needle phobias by creating their own routines. Watch now.

How Diabetes Overwhelms Families

When it comes to pediatric diabetes, a diagnosis is not only received by the child, but by his or her entire family. While being diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming and cause a range of emotions, every family is different in how they react. Watch to learn how these families reacted to their child's diagnosis, and how it affected them.

Empowerment and Self-Management

While the initial shock of having a child diagnosed with diabetes can cause feelings of guilt, shame, and fear, the reality is that this is something that can be managed. Parents learn to make changes for the better, not only for their child with diabetes, but for the entire family. Watch now to see how these families took a diagnoses, and turned it into means for empowerment.

Having a Child with Diabetes

Having diabetes is hard enough, but imagine growing up with diabetes? Meet the ACT1 Diabetes Adult Support Group, and watch as they give a window into what it's like to grow up with diabetes, and the advice they give to parents about raising their child who suffers with diabetes.

Having a Good Relationship With Your Doctor

Having a good relationship with your doctor is great advice for anyone to live by, but no where is this more important then when it comes to people who suffer with diabetes; the ACT1 Adult Diabetes Support Group is living proof of the importance of seeking out that special attention; this is their story.

The Power of a Diabetes Support Group

Diabetes, like any disease, can be a scary and frightening thing because it is a daily struggle with ever changing blood sugar levels, but as the ACT1 Adult Diabetes Support group tells, through past triumphs and hardships, it's always easier to go through it together than alone.

Educating Others About Your Diabetes

With any disease, a lack of understanding can present many misconceptions that are often frustrating to others. In this episode, The ACT 1 Adult Diabetes Group share how they are able to clear the confusion about their disease and educate the public, friends, and family; this is their story.

Sarah's Story - Episode 1

With the recent upswing in people being diagnosed with diabetes, there is often confusion between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. One common misconception being, that both types of diabetes are brought on by unhealthy habits. Sarah, who suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, is here to set the record straight. This is her story.

Sarah's Story - Episode 2

Type 1 Diabetes doesn't have to define your life. After finding a routine of blood sugar management that works for you, a healthy and normal life to the fullest can await you. In this, the second episode of two, Sarah takes us through her daily activities and tells us how Type 1 Diabetes has and has not affected her life; this is her story.

Frank's Story

In this episode, Frank talks about his about some of the inefficiencies with taking insulin to maintain your diabetes. Fortunately, Frank has maintained his diabetes and only relies on pill supplements, but having a positive outlook is just as important.

Hector's Story

As a young boy, Hector witnesses the effects of diabetes and insulin as he cares for his diabetic mother by giving her insulin shots 3 times a day. He vowed never to become dependent on any type of shot to live. Watch and see in this inspiring video, how he copes with being both a pre-diabetic and a father to two children. This is Hector's story.

Malena's Story

Type 2 Diabetes is in an entirely different category from Type 1 Diabetes, and for people suffering from the disease, its all about constant diet and lifestyle management. For Malena, who understands the risks, she brazenly defies the conventions to live with Type 2 in her own way; this is her story.

Nathan's Story

Nathan from Kansas City describes a seizure he had in an airport due to his unstable blood sugar, and stresses the importance of taking care of your body and checking in often with your doctor.

Arun's Story

Before people develop type 2 diabetes, they often have "pre-diabetes"--blood glucose levels that are higher than normal but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. Arun explains his plan for postponing diabetes and his methods.

Garvin's Story

After losing a grandmother to this affliction, Garvin knew he had to make a change to his lifestyle. Diabetes is hereditary & unless serious precautions aren't taken, it will surface in the future. Garvin explains the methods that worked best for him.

Alejandra's Story

Meet Alejandra, a college student that was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes at 12 years old. Not responding well to insulin, Alejandra decided to take a different approach with dealing with her affliction. Find out what she does to manage her condition.

James' Story - Episode 1

Meet James, a Vietnam veteran from a place known as Spanish Harlem in Manhattan, New York. In this episode, James talks about how he neglected treating his diabetes and being stricken with the thought of losing his leg. You don't want to miss this story.

James' Story - Episode 2

Part 2 of this story continues as James, a veteran from NY, undergoes amputation to stop a gangrene infection from traveling throughout the rest of his body. He has adjusted to living in a wheelchair & remains prosperous in the end. This is his story.

Choosing Higher Quality Carbs

Diabetes and carbohydrates: can the two ever mix? Lauren Antonucci, M.S., R.D., C.S.S.D., C.D.E., C.D.N., Owner/Director of Nutrition Energy, NYC, tells us the truth about enjoying diabetes while maintaining your blood sugar levels.

Kellie's Story

Watch how the diagnosis of Kelly's mom with Type II diabetes made Kelly re-evaluate her lifestyle to lose more weight and live much healthier.

Chris's Story

Everybody wants to shed weight for a particular reason, whether it be for overall health and well being or just plain superficiality. Find out what Chris has done to rid himself of the extra baggage. This is Chris's story.